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RULES AIRBUS SUBSIDIES ILLEGAL
The World Trade Organization
is now saying what Boeing and U.S. trade officials have been saying for
decades: Airbus was illegally subsidized to develop new products that
competed directly with Boeing products. "Today's final ruling puts any
doubts to rest - launch aid is an illegal subsidy that has cost America
jobs, hurt our ability to compete and damaged our overall economy," Sen.
Patty Murray, D-Wash., said. The ruling went beyond determining the
legality of start-up money. It said that Airbus would not have been able
to overtake Boeing as the biggest aircraft maker in the world without
the subsidies and that they cost U.S. jobs. Although the ruling seems
unequivocal, what it means in practical terms is far less clear.
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PASSES FAA FUNDING BILL
The Senate on Monday passed a bill to
provide funding for the FAA and modernize the air traffic control system
by 2020. The $34.5 billion three-year budget is expected to jump-start
the agency's long slow transition to NextGen. The bill also features
changes to FAA rules prompted mainly by last year's Colgan Air crash.
Relatives of those who died lobbied hard for several safety measures
that have made it into the final version of the Senate bill: first
officers on commercial passenger flights must have at least 800 hours
total time; the FAA must establish new safety standards for flight-crew
training; an Aviation Safety Whistleblower Investigation Office will be
established within the FAA; and pilots are banned from using electronic
devices in the cockpit. Taxes on jet fuel for general aviation would
rise from 22 cents per gallon to 36 cents. The bill is far from final,
however -- it now goes to a conference committee where the House and
Senate versions of the legislation will be merged, then both houses will
have to vote on the final bill again before it goes to the White House
for approval. GA advocacy groups were jubilant about the bill's passage,
especially the lack of new user fees. More...
Business Aviation Will Help
Companies Not Only Survive
But Prosper During the Current Financial Crisis
To be your most productive, and your most efficient, you must keep
flying. Because in so doing, you will emerge from these times even
stronger than before. And you will replace the uncertainty that
surrounds many, with the confidence and courage to light the way for
|BizJet Escorts: Think 'Security,' Not 'Valet
CHARGES FOR 'SECURITY'
The folks who run Mumbai's Chhatrapati
Shivaji International Airport say new fees charged for access to
business aircraft are all about security. On March 8, the airport
stopped aircraft owners from being able to drive to their aircraft in
their own vehicles. They must now pay 10,000 Indian rupees (about $220)
for a 160-yard ride from the airport gate in a Mercedes. It's only $180
in a Toyota Camry. The bizjet owners have also been hit with a $110
minimum fee to hang out in the VIP lounge and $55 an hour after the
first two hours. Mint quoted an unnamed spokesman for Çelebi NAS
Airport Services India Pvt. Ltd as saying the fees address security
concerns. "In the general aviation area, we are addressing some
non-compliances and introducing processes to ensure standardization and
enhance airside safety in line with Directorate General of Civil
Aviation guidelines," the spokesperson is quoted as saying.
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BIZ SHOW IN MACAU
Perhaps further evidence of the growing
importance of business aviation in China, another major exhibition is
being planned for June in Macau. Reed Exhibitions says Asian Business
Aviation in Macau is being supported by the Asian Business Aviation
Association (AsBAA), which is urging its members to attend and holding a
one-day forum to follow up on topics raised by industry leaders at Asian
Aerospace in Hong Kong last year. "ABA in Macau will provide a valuable
face to face networking platform this year in the absence of other
dedicated business aviation events in this region," said AsBAA President
Chuck Woods. "We welcome Reed Exhibitions' initiative in recognising
this opportunity. More...
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FINDS COMMUNICATIONS BREAKDOWN IN NORTHWEST OVERFLIGHT
NTSB has completed its investigation into last year's errant Northwest
Airlines flight, finding the crew at fault for failing to monitor their
position, but also concluding that air traffic control should do a
better job of reacting to NORDO (no radio communications) events. The
two pilots overflew their destination airport of Minneapolis by more
than 100 miles and failed to maintain radio communications because they
were distracted by a conversation about crew scheduling. However, the safety
board said this incident and a fatal
accident involving a Pilatus PC-12/45 that crashed in Montana on
March 22, 2009, revealed problems with ATC procedures. In its safety
recommendations, the board said the FAA should address the lack of
standard procedures for identifying flight crew-ATC communications in
ATC facilities that use automated flight tracking systems, and the lack
of standard phraseology for identifying the emergency nature of
emergency ATC radio transmissions. More...
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PROMOTED AT ASPEN
Brad Hayden has been named vice president
of marketing for Aspen Avionics. Hayden has been with the company almost
since its inception and has extensive experience in Web-based
DE LAAR NEW AT NATA
Dennis van de
Laar has been named the National Air Transportation Association's
manager of regulatory affairs. He was previously at the Southern
Illinois Airport Authority as a graduate assistant while completing his
master's degree in public administration.
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reporters so often mangle the facts on aviation stories? Is it because
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But, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider blog, sometimes
they're just too lazy to explain things or they think readers are too
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