Bolen: Rep. Shuster’s remarks foreshadow ‘troubling’ House FAA bill
Remarks made last week by U.S. Rep Bill Shuster (R-9-PA) before the Aero Club of Washington have made clear that the congressman intends to introduce legislation that would create
a new, privatized aviation system funded by user fees - concepts that are contrary to business aviation's long-standing positions.
Shuster, who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said a forthcoming House FAA reauthorization bill will include such principles. A debate over FAA
reauthorization is now taking place in Congress, with the current authorization set to expire Sept. 30.
In response to the discussion of such proposals, NBAA President and CEO
Ed Bolen said: “While the details are not yet clear, we obviously have several concerns about the kinds of
concepts being described. For decades, congressional oversight of America's air traffic system has safeguarded the aviation needs of the entire public, including the people and
companies that rely on general aviation in small and mid-size towns.
|Boeing opens state-of-the-art research center in Alabama
New 80,000-square-foot facility devoted to the creation and development of analytics and simulation technologies
Boeing officially opened its new research and technology center in Alabama. The facility will serve as the company's hub for collaborative technology development with academic
institutions and research partners in analytics and simulation in the Southeast United States.
Local government leaders and Boeing Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Engineering, Operations & Technology John Tracy joined employees to open the facility's
80,000 square feet of laboratories and offices that are devoted to the creation and development of technologies for use in current and future Boeing products.
"The next 100 years of innovation starts here," said
Steve Swaine, leader of the Boeing Research & Technology-Alabama (BR&T-Alabama) research center. "We've brought together a
team made up of the best and brightest in data analytics, advanced engineering and many other disciplines to help Boeing create, develop, produce and support the best aerospace
products in the world."
|Growth continues at Delta Private Jets
Jet Card sales and Charter activity fuel growth
Delta Private Jets (DPJ) continues to be on track for a strong 2015. Year-to-date, Jet Card sales are up 33% over last year, while Charter sales are up 32%. The company’s overall revenue is also up significantly.
“We continue to add late-model aircraft with state-of-the-art technology and amenities most requested by customers to our fleet to meet the record demand we are experiencing,” said
Murray, Vice President of Operations for Delta Private Jets. “As our sales activities continue their robust growth, we are committed to providing our customers with an aircraft when they need it, where they need it.”
DPJ’s fleet has grown to 64 aircraft, with several additions imminent.
MAC Air breaks ground
on new FBO at Portland International Jetport
MAC Air Group, the Portland, Maine, family owned and operated aviation services company took a step forward in the development of its first FBO last week as it broke ground at Portland International Jetport.
The new 43,000 sq. ft. facility - of which 30,000 sq. ft. will be dedicated to hangar space - represents an investment of approximately $6m and will serve the growing demand from an expanding international and domestic business aviation client base. Completion is scheduled for January 2016.
The 13,000 sq. ft. FBO will comprise two levels with the first floor incorporating first class crew and passenger facilities. The second floor will be dedicated to office space including MAC Air Group’s corporate headquarters. Crew will benefit from a crew lounge and quiet room, flight planning resources, shower facilities and fitness room.
Pilatus delivers first Chilean registered PC-12 NG
The first Chilean registered PC-12 NG has been delivered to Santiago-based Aerocardal during a ceremony at Pilatus’ facility at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield,
The new aircraft is configured for both executive transport and medevac roles and can be easily converted from one interior to the other in less than two hours.
“We had a great experience with the delivery of SN 1513 and a superb trip back home to Chile,” said Aerocardal Director
Alex Kauffmann, “the plane was immediately put to use in our
operations, and has been extremely well received by our passengers, flight crews, and customers.”
FAA releases Draft Environmental Assessment for Southern California airspace improvements
The U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Aviation Administration is seeking public comment on the Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) for the Southern California Metroplex
project, a comprehensive proposal to improve the flow of air traffic into and out of Southern California by making the airspace safer and more efficient.
The project proposes to replace dozens of existing conventional air traffic procedures with new satellite-based procedures, which are a key component of the FAA’s Next Generation Air
Transportation System (NextGen). The Metroplex proposal encompasses most of Southern California and includes six major airports.
The FAA has issued the project’s Draft EA for public review and comment until July 10 and is holding public workshops where people can learn about the proposal and how to submit
comments on it. After evaluating and responding to all substantive public comments, the FAA could adopt the entire proposal, adopt portions of it, or modify it.
“Public engagement and participation in the Southern California Metroplex process is critical,” said FAA Administrator
Michael Huerta. “We take public input very seriously, and we
strongly encourage people, agencies and officials to learn about, and weigh in on, this proposal.”
King Aerospace wins new Boeing VVIP paint contracts
King Aerospace Commercial Corporation (KACC) has been awarded two new VVIP paint contracts as a subcontractor to Boeing’s Executive Transport Services and Support group based in Oklahoma City.
The first project is for the exterior refurbishment of a 737 aircraft which arrived at KACC’s facility in May 2015. Work on the second aircraft, a Boeing 757, is scheduled to begin in mid-July 2015. KACC’s paint quality and on-time delivery is attributed to obtaining these projects.
GAMA welcomes Senate confirmation of Neffenger to lead TSA
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association has welcomed the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Vice Admiral Peter V. Neffenger to serve as Administrator of the Transportation Security
Neffenger, who is currently serving as Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, has held numerous positions in the service, including as Deputy Commandant for Operations
a d Deputy National Incident Commander for the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
Vice Admiral Peter V. Neffenger
In a statement on Tuesday, GAMA President and CEO
Pete Bunce said, "GAMA applauds the Senate for quickly confirming Vice Admiral Neffenger to this important post. Vice Admiral
Neffenger’s extensive background in operations and security issues makes him an excellent choice to lead the TSA at a critical time for the agency.
We look forward to working with him
as we continue to make progress on risk-based general aviation security, including airspace access for general aviation aircraft and pilot training.”
Santa Barbara-based aircraft management company, Silver Air, has added Chuck Stumpf to its executive team as the company’s new executive vice president of business development.
Stumpf has more than two decades of executive experience in the private aviation industry. He brings a wealth of knowledge and background in sales, marketing and ownership
expertise, all of which is expected to support Silver Air’s growth plan in the second half of 2015 and beyond.
Stumpf has a Bachelor of Science degree in business aviation administration, with a minor in international aviation business and computer applications from Embry-Riddle
Aeronautical University. He completed the Developing Leadership Capability in Corporate Aviation program at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, and he holds a single-engine pilot license with IFR and commercial ratings. Prior to aviation, Stumpf served as a Corpsman and Special Operations Coordinator in the U.S. Navy.