In what promises to unfold as another controversial chapter in Jonathan Ornstein’s colorful tenure as CEO of Mesa Air Group, the Phoenix-based regional carrier and Hawaiian Airlines have locked legal horns over the fiery chief executive’s plan to enter the inter-island Hawaiian market this spring with 50-seat Bombardier CRJs.
For hundreds and maybe thousands of years, countries have sought to protect the transport trade within their borders from what they perceive as unfair competition from foreign carriers. They call this competition cabotage, and most countries have passed laws to prohibit it.
A New Jersey man was sentenced last month to two years’ probation after pleading guilty to shining a handheld laser, first into the cockpit of a Citation landing at Teterboro Airport and again later at a helicopter that was searching for the source of the first incident. Under the Patriot Act, 39-year-old David Banach could have received a 20-year jail term.
Jeffrey Borer, former owner of defunct charter operator XtraJet, and Arvel Reeves, previous owner of one-timeaircraft services firm Executive Aviation Logistics, admitted guilt in a plea bargain on federal charges of secretly videotaping entertainer Michael Jackson and his attorney while they were flying aboard a chartered Gulfstream IISP on Nov. 20, 2003.
The sentence from a Westchester County, N.Y. judge is “time served” (about nine months) for the drunk young man who took a Cessna 172 for a joyride last June from Danbury Airport, in Connecticut, landing at Westchester County Airport at 4:30 a.m. Philippe Patricio, 21, still faces airport security charges in Danbury.
Aircraft buyers and sellers, aviation attorneys, bankers and other lenders, brokers, aircraft and title insurance agents and everyone else involved in aircraft transactions are climbing a steep learning curve in their collective attempt to comply with the requirements of a new international aircraft registry that opened for business on March 1.
Million Air franchise Regent Aviation in Saint Paul, Minn., bought Rochester Aviation at Minnesota Rochester International Airport and renamed the FBO Regent Aviation. Steve Birdseye is general manager of the new Regent Aviation FBO in Rochester.
A former Comair flight attendant faces 10 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of setting fire to one of the airline’s Bombardier CRJs, forcing it to make an emergency landing in Rome, Ga.
Mesaba Airlines last month filed a new bankruptcy court petition to void its contracts with its pilots, mechanics and flight attendants, only three weeks after Judge Gregory Kishel ruled that the airline did not meet all the conditions needed to unilaterally impose a 19.4-percent cut in payroll costs.
Former Flight Options pilot Franklin Rodriguez, 36, last month pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that in April last year, while in the Air National Guard, he flew a C-5A into the U.S. with some 300,000 Ecstasy pills aboard. As part of his plea, Rodriguez forfeits $725,000 in cash found in his apartment. He also faces 20 years in prison.