At first it might seem like an odd couple: Don Burr, People Express founder and low-fare airline pioneer, and Bob Crandall, controversial megastar of American Airlines. Fierce competitors in the 1980s, the two men are now combining their talents and their money to develop a national on-demand, regional-based air-taxi network with hundreds of very light twinjets. Crandall is chairman of the new venture and Burr is CEO.
Members of the Air Line Pilots Association will be asked their views on the Age 60 mandatory retirement rule for airline pilots. The union, which has historically opposed any effort to raise the retirement age, is now worried that the current financial crisis in the airline industry could cut pilots’ career earnings. ALPA pilots are concerned they might have to work in other professions or as pilots outside the U.S.
Mesa Air Group founder Larry Risley, 59, died of colorectal cancer on September 22 in Austin, Texas. A native of Abilene, Texas, Risley founded the airline in 1982 from the assets of a single-airplane charter service he started two years earlier. By the time he retired in 1998, Inc.
Aviation interests on Capitol Hill don’t come to a stop just because the NBAA Convention is being held. Yesterday, the House transportation and infrastructure subcommittee on aviation held a hearing on airline delays and consumer issues, and NBAA was there.
Solid progress in the fight against user fees has been made, but the general aviation community has to stay involved for the battle to be won, according to leaders of the fight who took the dais at the User Fee Forum at NBAA 2007 yesterday. “We’re in terminal airspace but there’s convective weather ahead,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen, likening the effort to a long-distance flight.
ERA member airlines continue to express concern about proposals for a significant overhaul of regulations governing the region’s deregulated air-transport area. Any European Commission (EC) changes to the so-called “third package” rules agreed upon by the European Parliament and the EU Council of Transport Ministers will likely go into effect either next year or in 2009, according to ERA.
Regional airlines and politicians hope a new European Commission report on passenger rights expected this month will lead to clearer rules and more effective enforcement in some countries. The EC has acknowledged that European Union regulations introduced to ensure compensation and assistance for airline passengers facing denied boarding, flight cancellations or long delays involve “imprecise text.”
The European Parliament and Council of the European Union are debating the inclusion of aviation in Europe’s Emissions Trading Scheme (a so-called “cap and trade” system for CO2 emissions) under the European Community’s “co-decision process.” Key votes are due this month from the transport and environment committees of the Parliament, before a plenary session next month potentially sets its final form in concrete if the two Community instituti
Delegates from Europe’s regional airlines are “delighted” to be returning to the Greek capital Athens this month for their annual general assembly because of the city’s great success as a previous venue, according to Mike Ambrose, director-general of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA).
Solid progress in the fight against user fees has been made, but the general aviation community has to stay involved for the battle to be won, according to leaders of the fight who took the dais at the User Fee Forum at NBAA’07 yesterday.