The TAG TransPolar08 team and friends celebrated the official approval of the crew’s record-breaking flight around the world last year at a pre-EBACE event here at Geneva International Airport on Sunday. Marcel Meyer, Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) executive officer of records, presented diplomas designating the record to the five pilots who participated on the more than 52-hour journey.
The greatest strength of the International Operators Conference (IOC) since its inception has been that it combines a review of the basics of international operations–avoiding gross navigational errors (GNEs), Customs and Immigration notification issues and ATC rules–with a relentless push to update flight department managers and crews about ever-evolving topics such as the moving target of new RNP technologies used to navigate oceanic airspac
Business aircraft flight activity last month increased nearly 8 percent over February, according to data from Cincinnati-based ARG/US. This marks the second month-over-month upward trend in recent flight data from ARG/US and further strengthens hope that this is indeed a solid recovery sign for the business aviation industry.
According to ARG/US TRAQPak data, business aircraft flight activity increased 28.55 percent in February over the previous month, possibly indicating early signs of recovery. ARG/US’s data covers all turbine business aircraft on IFR flight plans in the U.S., including international flights departing from or arriving in the U.S.
TAG Group vice president Aziz Ojjeh and a team of four other pilots broke a
31-year-old speed record for a pole-to-pole circumnavigation of the globe in late November. The TransPolar08 crew circled the globe over the North and South Poles in a Bombardier Global Express, chopping 95 minutes off the record previously held by a Pan Am Boeing 747SP that made the trip in October 1977.
Universal Weather & Aviation has released a new version of the online UVflightplanner.com service with improved functionality. Users can now accomplish multiple tasks from one window without having to exit to another application.
Despite heavy opposition by pilots and aviation alphabet groups, airspace restrictions and procedures implemented around Washington, D.C., after 9/11–namely the 15-nm-radius Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) and 30-nm-radius Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA), both centered at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)–were made permanent under a final rule issued yesterday by the FAA.
Late last week the FAA published long-awaited proposed revisions in the operations specification governing helicopter EMS (HEMS) flights under Part 135 with regard to flight planning, weather minimums and the use of night-vision goggles (NVG).
Daniel Baker, CEO of FlightAware (Booth No. 4077), promised to “save operators a ton
of money” by developing a cost-free tool via the FlightAware.com Web site.
The FAA yesterday issued Airworthiness Directive 2008-19-01 warning that some Harco Labs pitot/angle-of-attack (AOA) probes are causing airspeed disagree caution indications in Eclipse 500 VLJs due to blockage within the pitot/AOA system from freezing condensation. Last year, the FAA issued AD 2007-13-11 because of a similar problem, and Eclipse Aviation issued a service bulletin to address the issue.