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COMMITTEE PROPOSES 65 PERCENT FUEL-TAX HIKE
finance committee approved a plan to hike the taxes on general aviation
jet fuel by 65 percent, from 21.8 cents per gallon to 35.9 cents, The Hill reported on Tuesday. The change would raise
$400 million per year, which the committee says will help fund NextGen,
the FAA's plan to modernize the air traffic control system. The
committee also approved a surcharge of 14.1 cents per gallon on jet fuel
used by fractional aircraft. Fuel taxes have been supported as a better
option than user fees by most aviation advocacy groups. "In the last two
Congresses, AOPA and its members agreed to 25 percent and 65 percent
increases on aviation gasoline and non-commercial jet fuel,
respectively," AOPA noted on Tuesday. "Our position really has not
changed," AOPA spokesman Chris Dancy told AVweb. "In 2007 and
again in 2009, we and our members agreed to higher fuel excise taxes as
a way to fund the FAA and NextGen in lieu of user fees."
There's Nothing Light About
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WOULD OPEN UP BIZJET FLIGHT TRACKING
NBAA has sent a letter to members warning that their ability to keep
the movements of their aircraft from being tracked and reported by any
of a myriad of Internet-based aircraft trackers could be gone by Feb.
15. According to NBAA, the Department of Transportation is considering a
rule change that would make it much harder for GA aircraft owners to
take part in the Blocked Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program.
BARR was introduced in 2000 as a way for private aircraft owners to stay
that way and keep business competitors or others from knowing where the
company aircraft (which most likely is carrying senior executives) is
flying. "NBAA has long understood that in the instant-information age of
the Internet, with the flight-tracking software that web-based
technology has made available, there are legitimate reasons why
companies' flights should not be displayed on a real-time basis," NBAA
President Ed Bolen said in the letter. More...
Regulatory Law in the
Is Offered as a Legal Aviation Workshop in
The Legal Aviation Workshop (LAW) "Regulatory Law in the
" will be held in Washington, DC
on March 11,
, hosted by Cozen O'Connor. It will cover the following
themes: Historical Background, Domestic and International Regulatory
Agencies and Trade Association, Current Regulatory Issues. And it will
conclude with an Open Discussion. The speakers will be Mark Atwood of
Cozen O'Connor and Jamie Baldwin, writer and consultant on air
Click here to learn more and
LOSS, BIZAV'S GAIN
An emerging trend in storm response by
most airlines is creating opportunities in the business jet industry.
Most of the majors now announce "preemptive cancellations" when
particularly bad weather is forecast. When the storm that lashed the
midsection of the country last week was forecast to dump up to 30 inches
of snow on Chicago, all airlines cancelled flights to O'Hare and Midway,
more than 2,000 in total, on Wednesday. In the past, flights would
launch but airports would close as they got overwhelmed by the
combination of traffic and snow. The Chicago storm almost lived up to
its billing, but O'Hare and Midway never closed because the absence of
traffic allowed crews to stay ahead of the snow clearing. Although
there's no word on the level of business jet traffic during last week's
storm, charter companies have added up the figures from the late
December storms that had a similar impact on the Northeast.
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BIZJET MARKET RECOVERED
The large-cabin business jet market
has recovered to pre-recession levels, according to Gulfstream. At a
news conference just before the opening of Aero India in Bangalore on
Tuesday, Roger Sperry, Gulfstream's VP of international sales, said the
company will sell more than 100 airplanes this year, including 90
large-cabin and 15 to 20 small-to-medium aircraft. "The demand for
long-range jets remains robust because of the rapid expansion of global
business ties," Sperry is quoted as saying by Reuters. More...
... is the
dedicated General Aviation exhibition in 2011,
showcasing everything from ultralights through to turboprops and jets.
Whether you are interested in learning to fly or are already a pilot and
want to view the latest products available, AeroExpo UK
Click here to learn more.
ADVISES PILOTS TO REVIEW VISUAL APPROACH PROCEDURES
"information for operators" advisory (PDF) released recently, the FAA reminded pilots that
the conduct of visual approaches during marginal visual meteorological
conditions requires "careful decision making." The controller must not
clear a pilot for the visual approach unless the ceiling is reported at
or better than 1,000 feet with three miles visibility, the FAA said; and
in accepting a visual approach, it is the pilot's responsibility to have
either the airport or the preceding aircraft in sight and to remain
"clear of clouds" at all times. Since even a thin "scattered" or
"isolated" layer could prevent a pilot from remaining "clear of clouds,"
the pilot must advise ATC immediately if he or she is unable to continue
following the preceding aircraft, cannot remain clear of clouds, needs
to climb, or loses sight of the airport. More...
Don't Let This Opportunity
Pass You By!
The Lightspeed Aviation Foundation Has Extended the
For Aviation-Related Charities to Apply for 2011
Twenty charities were awarded over $100,000 in grants for 2010. Your
favorite charity could be on that list this year. To fill out the
simply go to
Make sure you submit it by midnight, February
. Once the 20 finalists are chosen, the pilot community will
decide how the funds will be distributed.
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Michael Lederer is the new Director of
Aircraft Sales and Acquisition for TWC Aviation. He was formerly in
sales at Bombardier. More...
AT BUSINESS JET ACCESS
John Burnum has been named Director of
Business Development at Business Jet Access. He was formerly a regional
sales manager for King Aerospace. More...
MOVES TO ICON
Klaus Tritschler is joining ICON
Aircraft as the VP of Design. He was formerly creative director for BMW
Group DesignworksUSA. More...
WHERE? YOU TELL US
Get a promotion or a new job? Your
colleagues want to know about it, and AVwebBiz can get the word
out. Drop us a line about the
staff appointment, with a nice recent photo, and we'll do our best to
include it in our new section, "Who's Where." The items will be
permanently archived on AVweb for future reference, too.
If you are a prospective aircraft owner, here is information about
airworthiness, maintenance, inspections, and rules. Denny
, an FAA Safety Inspector, will walk you through a
pre-purchase inspection step by step without worrying if you are buying
a hangar queen. Know where to find the tools to research the aircraft
history, specifications, and changes made, including Type-Certificate
Date Sheets, ADs, STCs, and Maintenance Alerts.
NAVY X-47B UNMANNED COMBAT AIRCRAFT FLIES
Feb. 4, 2011, the tailless, strike-fighter-sized unmanned system, the
X-47B, under development by Northrop Grumman, completed its first flight
at Edwards Air Force Base (AFB), California. The flying wing took off at
2:09 p.m. PST and flew for 29 minutes. The UAV climbed to an altitude of
5,000 feet, flew several racetrack-type patterns, and landed safely at
2:38 p.m. Northrop says the flight provided test data to verify and
validate system software for guidance and navigation and the aerodynamic
control of the tailless design. The aircraft will remain at Edwards AFB
for flight envelope expansion before moving its test program to Naval
Air Station Patuxent River, Md., later in 2011. There, the system will
undergo tests to validate its readiness to begin testing in the maritime
and carrier environment. The X-47 is being prepared for carrier trials
in 2013. More...
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