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DEMAND TO KNOW WHO AND WHERE EARLIER Charter operators worry
that a recent proposal from the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection
(CBP) could cause lengthy delays. Right now, operators can transmit
manifest information who is with them on the flight up to
15 minutes after the aircraft departs. The new proposal would require an
advance manifest at least 60 minutes before departure from international
flights inbound to or outbound from the U.S. The National Air
Transportation Association (NATA) says it is concerned that the
increased compliance burden for Part 135 operators will cause indefinite
delays. What will happen, NATA asks, if a passenger is determined to be
high risk and cannot be immediately cleared? More...
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NOW, LAND LATER ... MAYBE A controversial new requirement for
landing distance safety margins is drawing fire from the National Air
Transportation Association (NATA), which claims the proposal should be
shelved. The FAA was spurred to action in the wake of a Dec. 8, 2005,
accident at Chicago Midway in which a Southwest Airlines 737-700 skidded
off a wet runway and onto a highway beyond, running into a car and
killing a 6-year-old boy. In an audit afterwards, the FAA discovered
nearly half of the operators they asked had no policies for assessing
sufficient landing-distance margins in various conditions. In instances
where manufacturers data was being used, the feds still had a
problem, saying that wet and contaminated landing distances were figured
using certification data based on dry and smooth services ... so the
numbers are not real-world. More...
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DIRECT, YOUNG MAN ... ... and it doesnt appear to
matter if its west or east. Under the FAAs
"performance-based" navigation, airlines would be free to use satellite
guidance instead of ground-based navaids, allowing more direct flights
and saving the airlines millions of pricey petrol dollars. Last week,
the FAA's Performance-Based Operations Aviation Rulemaking Committee
(PARC) released the second version of the "Roadmap for Performance-Based
Navigation." The newly updated information includes how the FAA plans to
proceed and lays out the dates for mandates on the types of equipment
that will be needed by not only the airlines, but business aircraft and
other GA operators. In the short term, the feds will take advantage of
avionics and satellite technology already deployed, including RNAV
procedures and instrument departures and arrivals already in place at
some major U.S. airports. In addition to RNAV, which could eventually be
available throughout the continental U.S., required navigation
performance (RNP) procedures will also play a major role. The first RNP
was recently enacted at Reagan Washington National in Washington, D.C.
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MULLS SALE OF BIZ DIVIZ Exploration of "strategic
alternatives" could mean big changes afoot for Raytheon Aircraft
Companys (RAC) business aircraft division. The company, which
plans to focus entirely on military contracts, said last week that
strategic alternatives for the business division could include a "sale
of the business, an initial public offering or spin-off to shareholders
or some combination thereof." In other words, they would like it gone,
theyre just not sure when it might happen. The chairman of a
private investment bank told The Wichita Eagle he would be surprised if
the company chose to sell the division to an aircraft competitor. He is
betting instead on a heretofore-unknown private equity buyer with
billions to invest. More...
INKS DEAL ON PHENOM VLJ Jetbird, a startup on-demand air taxi
service planning to fly initially from Zurich but with hopes to add 800
European locations, has inked a deal for 50 Embraer Phenom 100s. The
$140 million contract also includes the option to purchase 50 additional
aircraft over five years. The very light jet is still under development,
but is expected to make first flight in mid-2007, enter service in 2008,
and begin deliveries to Jetbird in 2009. Jetbird says using the Phenoms
will allow it to fly frugally, charging less than 50 percent of the
cheapest existing charter fees. More...
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ALL WET AS FARNBOROUGH SWEATS As the just-completed EAA
AirVenture at Oshkosh floundered in the rain, the biennial flying event
at Farnborough, England, broiled like a British breakfast tomato.
Temperatures that topped 100 degrees Fahrenheit brought electrical
systems down and sent event attendees searching for elusive shade,
packing air-conditioned corporate chalets. Even the normally
stiff-upper-lipped show exhibitors who welcomed the clear skies thought
the heat a bit much. EADS Co-CEO Executive Thomas Enders cut a packed
and sweaty press event short, saying, "So its hot in here and it
smells of dead fish. Lets try to keep it brief."
AT AIRBUS' 6 O'CLOCK As if product delays and share price
drops werent enough to sink its spirits, Airbus chief rival
Boeing was on a roll at Farnborough, announcing plans to compete in the
500-seater market, and offering hard-won advice. Boeing chief executive
Allen Mullaly told new Airbus chief and aerospace neophyte Christian
Streiff, "Dont give up. New airplanes are hard." Perhaps Streiff
got Mullalys message, perhaps he didnt. At his first press
event since taking over Airbus, Streiff told reporters "Were
learning to be humble at this perfect company." Perfect company? Humble?
What one thing doesnt sound like another? More...
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BLAMED IN MONTROSE CRASH Pilots unfamiliar with winter
weather flight operations are being blamed in the crash of a Bombardier
Challenger CL-600 in Montrose, Colo., on Nov. 28, 2004. The chartered
plane, operated by Air Castle Corp. of Van Nuys, Calif., landed at the
Montrose airport to drop off NBC sports executive Dick Ebersols
wife, actress Susan St. James. While waiting for the passengers to
reassemble, the plane sat for 45 minutes in freezing precipitation but
was not de-iced prior to takeoff. While attempting a climb from runway
13/31, the Challenger rolled violently left and right several times
before impacting the ground. More...
YOUR PAYCHECK ... FOR A PRICE Want to know how your paycheck
stacks up against the pay for similar jobs around the country? The
National Air Transportation Association (NATA) knows ... and will let
you know for a price. NATA has just published its 2006 annual survey of
GA service employees that includes pilots, line-service personnel,
maintenance technicians and several other job descriptions.
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