NATA president James K. Coyne testified Tuesday before the U.S.
House Subcommittee on Aviation, which conducted a Field Hearing at
Signature Flight Support at Ronald Reagan Washington National
Airport (DCA) to examine re-opening the airport to general aviation
operations. The hearing was chaired by Rep. John Mica (R-FL).
Coyne was one of a panel of witnesses that included Acting TSA
Administrator Adm. David Stone. In response to repeated
questions directed at Stone from members of the Subcommittee about
why the TSA had not yet developed a plan for general aviation
access into DCA, Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) stated, "We keep getting
the same stale answers from the TSA and they don't make any sense.
We're not going to take
During the last day of the HAI Expo 24, Enstrom Helicopter Corp.
announced a new member of its worldwide dealership network and its
newest owner of a 280FX. Tomlinson Aviation of Ormond Beach (FL),
signed on to become Enstrom's seventh dealer. Tomlinson Aviation
provides helicopter services to central Florida, including
helicopter sales, service and training. The company is also an FAA
approved 145 repair station for Schweizer, Robinson helicopters. In
addition, they are an authorized Schweizer and Robinson parts
distributor for the Southeast Region of the United States.
The helicopter-related news kept streaming from the floor of HAI
Expo 2004, as the Los Angeles City Fire Department Air Operations
Division announced will soon take delivery of a new Bell 412. The
latest addition to the division's all-Bell fleet will enter into
service this spring and replaces an older 412 currently in fire
service. The aircraft is currently undergoing customization at
Edwards & Associates, a Bell subsidiary specializing in
During the HAI Expo 2004, Bell Chief executive Officer, Mike
Redenbaugh announced the selection of TAM Taxi Aereo Marilia S.A.
as the sole sales representative for Bell Helicopter in Brazil.
Just after the announcement TAM ordered a new Bell 427 IFR
helicopter. TAM-Aereo Marilia is a part of the TAM Group, which
also includes TAM airlines SA and TAM Transportes Aereos del
Mercousur, with a total revenue of approximately US$1.35 billion in
annual revenues. This agreement helps Bell tap into the seventh
largest in the world.
Raytheon Aircraft Company has selected Rockwell Collins Aviation
Services (CAS) to provide Corporate Aircraft Service Program (CASP)
support for aircraft operating under Raytheon’s Beechcraft
and Hawker Support PLUS Maintenance Plan. CAS will provide Raytheon
forward exchange for all Rockwell Collins equipment on Beechcraft
and Hawker aircraft as part of the Support PLUS program.