"We Cannot Allow A User Fee Precedent To Be Established"
It's an opportunity to kill user fees once and for all. That's
how Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association President Phil Boyer
summarizes the amendment proposed by Senators Bill Nelson and John
Sununu Tuesday, that would gut a proposed $25 "per trip"
charge for turbine aircraft in the Senate's FAA
Proposal Would Strike Travel Tax From Senate FAA
On Tuesday, the Alliance for Aviation Across America called upon
the Senate Commerce Committee to adopt the Nelson-Sununu amendment,
which would strike the “user
fee” flat tax from S.1300, or the Senate
Commerce Committee bill for FAA reauthorization.
NOTAM Number: FDC 7/1473
Issue Date: May 15, 2007 at 1354 UTC
Location: Albuquerque Center , Nogales, Arizona
Beginning Date and Time: Effective Immediately
Ending Date and Time: Until further notice
Reason for NOTAM: To provide a safe environment for fire fighting
Replaced NOTAM(s): N/A
Pilots May Contact: Albuquerque Center (ZAB) Center,
Nelson/Sununu Amendment Would Remove User Fees From Senate
NBAA is applauding an amendment introduced by Senators Bill
Nelson (pictured right -- D-FL) and John Sununu (pictured below --
R-NH) that would strike proposed language calling for a per-flight
user fee as part of a Senate "reauthorization" (or funding) bill
for the FAA.
Personal Air Transportation Innovator Helps Bring NASA Small
Aircraft Transportation System Vision to Life
DayJet has just named named former NASA chief strategist Dr.
Bruce J. Holmes director of air systems research. In this role, Dr.
Holmes will work with federal and state agencies to deploy
next-generation technologies that will expand the number of small
airports DayJet can utilize across the country for its
‘Per-Seat, On-Demand’ jet service.
Dutch Leasing Company Purchases 10 More Widebodies
Airbus has seen a resurgence of interest this year in its A330
widebody twinjet... and on Monday, the European planemaker
announced Dutch aircraft leasing company AerCap has signed a firm
contract for 10 more A330-200 airliners, building on the carrier's
initial 2006 order for 20 A330-200s.
Stranded Pax Didn't Want To Part With Duty-Free Booze
What happens when you combine dense fog, a diverted United
Airlines jumbo jet with a full load of passengers, and duty-free
alcohol? If you guessed a situation that could be described as a
"near-riot," you'd be right, according to Australian media
In a move intended to bring its North American sales and support
base in line with its other global centers, EADS announced this
week the board of directors for Fort Lauderdale, FL-based Socata
Aircraft Inc. approved the renaming of the company to EADS Socata
ANN Daily Touch N Go: 05.15.07 (ANN's
Short-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Daily Aero-Briefing: 05.15.07 (ANN's
Long-Form Daily News Program)
ANN Special Feature: Congressional Action In
Controllers Dispute -- 05.15.07 (ANN Special Feature, with
NATCA Vice-President Ruth Marlin.)
British pilots Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill brought
their historic trek to an end at the Bell Helicopter Textron Canada
Ltd. head office in Mirabel almost 1500 miles from their last stop
in Texas and successful completion of a new world record.
BTS Releases Fourth-Quarter 2006 System Airline Financial
A group of 21 selected passenger airlines reported a system
operating profit margin of 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter, down
from the third quarter but the largest fourth-quarter profit margin
for this group since 1999, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics
(BTS) of the USDoT reported Monday in a release of preliminary
data. The 21-carrier group consists of the seven largest network,
low-cost and regional carriers based on operating revenue.
National Guard troops are responding to wildfires in Florida,
Georgia, Minnesota and California, using air assets to deliver
water and providing logistics and communication support. In
Florida, 84 Army National Guard troops are currently activated in
response to fires in Flagler County, according to information from
the National Guard Bureau. Since May 5, Florida National Guard
assets have flown 67 hours, 445 sorties, and dropped 379,360
gallons of water.
A Paramount Airways Embraer aircraft carrying 62 passengers and
the crew overshot the runway during a landing attempt at
Visakhapatnam Airport Saturday. A passenger told The Siaset Daily
the pilot "made a mistake in judging the landing position" and
seemed to have "lost control" as the aircraft skidded onto the
Boeing has a million reasons to crow about their B777 ETOPS
capabilities. They have confirmed to ANN that the 777 jetliner
fleet has completed its 1 millionth flight under ETOPS Regs. Based
on reported and projected 777 fleet data, Boeing estimated the 1
millionth 777 ETOPS flight occurred on May 11.
Coalition airpower supported coalition ground forces in Iraq and
International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan in
the following operations May 13, according to Combined Air and
Space Operations Center officials.
Vintage Contemporary Category Extended Through 1970 This
EAA tells ANN that the presentation of their "Lindy"
aircraft trophies and other aircraft awards will take on a
different look in 2007. In 2007, each of the individual aircraft
category areas, such as homebuilt, vintage, warbirds, ultralight
and seaplane, will hold individual award presentations. This will
replace the combined program that traditionally took place on the
evening before the last day of EAA AirVenture.
During a heavy downpour the evening before the Kentucky Derby, a
Northwest Airlines DC-9 mistakenly crossed an active runway where
another aircraft was on final approach at Louisville International
Airport. SDH air traffic controllers said they could not see the
DC-9 that had just landed and were, thus, unable to warn it not to
cross that runway, according to the Associated Press.
Delta Airlines and US Helicopter have teamed to provide an eight
minute shuttle for customers traveling between Delta's hub at New
York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and New York City
Heliports in Midtown and Downtown Manhattan. Beginning May 14,
Delta customers will have exclusive access to frequent helicopter
service that operates between the two New York City heliports and
Gate 11 at JFK Terminal 3, according to Delta.
Keystone Helicopter recently delivered the
newest addition to the New Jersey State Police aircraft fleet. The
Sikorsky S-76B helicopter will perform medical evacuations and
support the state's homeland security programs.
GAMA and the International Council of Air Shows Foundation
(ICASF) have announced the establishment of the ICAS Foundation
GAMA Scholarship. This annual scholarship will award $2,000 in
funds to a college student seeking an aviation-related degree such
as aircraft maintenance, aeronautical engineering, aviation
business, or professional pilot.
"The 1 millionth 777 ETOPS flight is a result of our
point-to-point product strategy to develop airplanes that fly
people directly where they want to go. Early
in its development we set out on a deliberate path to make the 777
the first airplane to enter service ready to fly ETOPS
Source: Larry Loftis, vice president-general
manager, 777 Program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, after Boeing
announced that they had confirmed the 1 Millionth ETOPS Flight of a
The Integrated Control in Avionics for Air Superiority
advanced development program objective is to develop, integrate,
and demonstrate critical technologies which will enable USAF
fighter aircraft to kill and survive when outnumbered by enemy
aircraft during air combat engagements.