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GROUPS CHALLENGE BARR CHANGE
The Transportation Department's
to dismantle the BARR (Block Aircraft Registration Request) program,
which allows aircraft operators to block identifying data from public
flight-tracking systems, now faces a legal challenge from general
aviation advocacy groups. NBAA, AOPA, and EAA said on Monday they will
seek an injunction to prevent the DOT decision from taking effect and
will ask the courts to invalidate the new policy altogether. "The DOT
... appears to have simply ignored the thousands of individuals and
companies that voiced their strong and principled opposition to this
change," said NBAA President Ed Bolen. More...
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USE RISES SHARPLY
Business aircraft traffic is now within 10
percent of the April 2008 peak and while that's good news for some parts
of the industry, the manufacturing side is still in the doldrums in many
sectors. USA Today quoted JSSI CEO Lou Seno as saying flight
hours took a big jump in the first quarter of the year. He said the
1,300 customers for whom JSSI manages aircraft, on average, flew 11.4
percent more hours and the trend continued into April, which saw a
7-percent increase over March. "We are not back to late '07, early '08
levels, but we're really off the bottom of where we were," says Lou
Seno, president and CEO of JSSI. "In the fall of 2008, following the
decline of the financial markets
flying literally fell off the
charts, and because of the economy and everything else, it has been slow
to recover. But the recovery we're seeing has been encouraging." While
bizjet owners are using their aircraft more, most are still not in a
buying mood. More...
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ORDERS BUOY BOMBARDIER
It's been a good week for Bombardier's
CSeries program with a few new orders and a more positive outlook for
the potentially game-changing design. An unnamed airline took three
110-seat versions of the ultra-efficient single-aisle aircraft and
options for three more. The $350 million deal, if the options are
exercised, is small in airline terms but it comes on the eve of the
Paris Air Show and some pundits are suggesting this sale and last week's
10-plane order from Sweden's Braathens are teasers before a blockbuster
announcement at the big show. Regardless, the orders are the first in 15
months for the CSeries and Bombardier's arch rival in just about
everything, Embraer, is watching from the sidelines as it assesses the
market potential for single-aisle jets in an increasingly crowded field.
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GROUPS LOBBY FOR KINDER TFRS
Aviation advocates working with
the TSA last year made progress in lessening the impact
of TFRs on Hawaii's airport businesses during a presidential visit,
and now six GA groups are asking the TSA to loosen its grip nationwide.
In a letter (PDF) to TSA Administrator John Pistole, the groups
ask for procedures that would allow general aviation operations at
near-normal levels while still addressing the security measures
necessary to protect the president. Plans already in place at Ronald
Reagan Washington National Airport allow GA aircraft to share the
airspace with the president, the groups said, and those procedures could
be implemented elsewhere. More...
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HAWKER 200 FLYING
Beechcraft says it's about halfway to certification of the Hawker 200
light business jet it
unveiled last October at the National Business Aviation Association
convention in Atlanta. Executive Vice President Shawn Vick said the
second preproduction 200 had its first flight last week and is now
taking part in the certification flight testing. There are also two
modified Beech Premier jets. The 200 is an updated version of the
Premier 1A and was originally named the Premier 2. Although they look
the same on the outside, the systems changes and performance upgrades
make it virtually a new aircraft. More...
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LAW AT PLANE FAX
Christi Yowell Law is now an aircraft
history specialist at Plane Fax. She was formerly at International
Aircraft Title and Escrow. More...
PROMOTED AT JSSI
Haydee Ramirez is the new director of
business development for Africa at JSSI. She's been at JSSI for three
years as an international sales assistant.
TO PLATINUM AVIATION
Kevin McAndrews has been named
director of sales for the aircraft division of Platinum Aviation.
McAndrews was previously the co-owner of Sunrise Helicopters in New York
and Florida. More...
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