The Coalition to Save Our GPS sent a letter today to the FCC asking the agency to “promptly rule” that LightSquared be barred from using the upper mobile satellite spectrum (MSS) band for high-powered terrestrial operations.
Al Bateen Executive Airport, the Gulf Region’s only dedicated business aviation airport, saw 1,903 movements in the third quarter, a 12-percent increase from the same period a year ago. The fastest growing traffic segment in the quarter at Al Bateen was visiting aircraft operations, which soared by 42 percent, to 202 movements. It expects strong growth in traffic later this month, when the Abu Dhabi Formula One events will take place.
After some years in development, Hostel Drap of Monistrol de Montserrat, Spain, has come up with a unique, one-time-use, cloth napkin, which private and business aviation operators may find particularly handy.
After being out of commission for nearly three months, the control tower at Puerto Rico Isla Grande Airport (SIG) finally went back online last week in response to increased customer demand at the airport. The tower, which was shut down on August 8, resumed operations after temporary repairs were completed. It is operational from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sikorsky is to cut 540 jobs–about 3 percent of its global workforce–in the U.S. and Poland, the company said late in September, citing as the reasons, “U.S. and international economies and their impact on customers.”
Helitech organizers have axed the Portuguese edition of the event that was happening every other year. Two shows took place, in 2008 and 2010, at Cascais airport, near Lisbon. But the organizers now believe that Southern Europe economies are not strong enough to support the event, a source close to Reed Exhibitions told AIN. The company will now have to face some sort of competition.
Despite the closure of Bangkok Don Mueang Airport due to flooding, Thai charter firm MJets is still open for business. The company repositioned its aircraft fleet from Don Mueang some 100 miles southeast to Utapao Airport in Pattaya, where there are immigration services, fueling, MJets technical support and catering.
Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre, located at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, is reporting a 145-percent increase in business aviation traffic over the past 12 months.
The Central Europe Private Aviation Association (CEPA) will hold its second annual conference in the Czech capital Prague on December 1 and 2. The CEPA Expo event, which includes an exhibit area, will feature an agenda focusing on how business aviation is developing in what is currently Europe’s most vibrant market.
Clearly impatient with the way the company’s plan for its 4G broadband network is becoming further delayed by opposition from the GPS user community, several federal government departments, members of Congress and the FCC bureaucracy itself, a LightSquared official threatened a l