Alitalia flight and cockpit crew are expressing increased alarm that the embattled airline has begun sliding into another abyss and want reassurances from the government about its future. The three trade unions representing pilots and cabin crew—Anpac, Anpav, and ANP—have joined forces and formed the Federazione Nazionale del Trasporto Aereo (FNTA), Italy’s National Federation of Air Transport, to speak “with one voice when we meet with the government,” according to Anpac secretary-general Antonio Divietri.
All In Aviation called the jet single “the most sought-after personal aircraft in general aviation,” with a backlog of more than 600 on order. Its SF50 will be available for flight lessons this winter at Henderson Executive Airport (HND), with training packages beginning at $1,500 per hour.
On July 2, ATR applied for an export license from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control to allow it to resume deliveries of 20 ATR72-600s ordered in 2016. The manufacturer had delivered eight of the twin-turboprop regional airliners before the U.S. reimposed sanctions.
At Farnborough 2018, Russian participants are prohibited from exhibiting military wares. However, Russian Helicopters’ new strategy seeks to grow the civilian sector to offset a drop in the defense orders.
In a wake of the decision by the White House on May 8 to pull out of the nuclear deal with Iran, European vendors may still keep a presence in the Persian market through Russian OEMs.
In any case, the FAA retained the criteria that ensure at least one circling procedure remains at airports that currently have a circling procedure.
“We will be going to tender for a contract within the next two weeks. We will be ready by the end of 2019,” Mike Berry, president, aviation services, and vice president, Middle East told AIN. “It’s a massive facility. Total plot size will be over 22,000 square meters. Two plots will be for FBO and MRO, and one plot for parking.”
The first transatlantic flight of a remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) is planned for July 10-11 by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI). The company will fly its MQ-9B SkyGuardian RPA from Grand Forks, North Dakota, to RAF Fairford in southern England. It will then go on display at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) from July 13 to 15. The flight will take more than 20 hours.
This year’s Florida Aviation Business Association’s (FABA) annual conference in Orlando addressed the lack of qualified aviation professionals in the industry. Speakers such as Kathy Knowles, CPO of Intuitive Strategies and former HR director at Banyan Air, offered solutions on how to tackle the issue.
According to a statement from Surf Air, “The Encompass claims are not accurate, the lawsuit is without merit, and Surf Air intends to defend itself vigorously. Surf Air is also considering counterclaims.” Surf Air has not yet confirmed to AIN that it is subject to $2.33 million in IRS liens for unpaid excise taxes, as per documents filed with the California Secretary of State’s office.
NBAA has asked the IRS for guidance on provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affecting business aviation, including measures providing 100 percent bonus depreciation and the disallowance of certain entertainment and commuting expenses deductions. The association backed the extension of 100 percent bonus depreciation to used property, in addition to new, as part of tax reform.
Ourmieres-Widener said from a total aircraft fleet of 85 in May 2017, it will have trimmed that number to around 70 by early 2020 under its current five-year business plan. At present it flies 2019 routes to 41 EU airports.
Colorado-based non-profit Wings Over the Rockies Exploration of Flight will host the opening of the Boeing Sky Aviation Gallery on July 21 and 22. The 19,000-sq-ft facility, which has been in the works for approximately 10 years, will open at Centennial Airport (KAPA) and offer a glimpse of the present and future of aviation.
The $3.5 million would reimburse “airport sponsors that do not provide gateway operations and providers of general aviation ground support services located at those airports closed during a TFR for any residence of the President that is designated or identified to be secured by the U.S. Secret Service.”
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Monday warned of the adverse effects the looming global trade war will have on the world’s airlines. Opening the group’s annual general meeting Sydney, Australia, IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac called upon governments to resist trade protectionism for the sake of the global economy and, by extension, the airline industry.
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The video can be seen in Geneva at the General Dynamics subsidiary’s booth (A18), illustrating how the process begins with “freeing yourself from any limitations, any pre-conceptions.” Jet Aviation’s dedicated design studio at Basel supports aircraft owners and operators in developing a “unique style and vision” when it comes to replacing worn or dated interiors and exteriors, the company said.
Air BP claims this technology is one of the first commercially deployed systems to offer an engineering barrier to prevent misfueling. For this reason, the company is looking into patent protection.
Last year Idair completed three major VVIP cabin system installation projects on green Boeing bizliners: a BBJ, a 777, and 787-8. Two additional 787s are undergoing completions in the U.S. with Idair cabin systems, which are now flying on more than 30 aircraft, Ayadi said.
DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), the only standalone FBO and MRO operation located at Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) today, expects the bizav market in the region to remain robust but flat.
In addition to AOPA, other organizations signing on to this effort are: Air Medical Operators Association, Alaska Airmen Association, Association of Air Medical Services, Association of Critical Care Transport, Colorado Division of Aeronautics, Experimental Aircraft Association, General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Helicopter Association International, National Association of State Aviation Officials, National EMS Pilots Association, United States Helicopter Safety Team Infrastructure Work Group, Utah Business Aviation Association, and Utah Division of Aeronautics.