Cessna ceo calls for environmental moderation
The general aviation industry may be stifled if industry and government fail to collaborate on environmental innovation or arrive at parochial solutions that ignore the global interoperability of the world’s transportation systems, according to Cessna Aircraft Co. chairman, president/CEO Jack J. Pelton. Speaking at the Les Respirations annual international environmental congress held outside Paris, Pelton says that “we must pursue policies and practices that balance progress and technology with environmental sensitivity.”
Globally, aviation accounts for only 2 percent of all CO2 emissions caused by burning fossil fuels, yet some seek to put an undue burden on it through unreasonable environmental regulation, Pelton says. He points out that over the past 40 years aviation has improved aircraft fuel efficiency by more than 70 percent, without government carbon emission standards, while federal emission standards for the auto industry enacted during the same period produced only about 15 percent improvement. “It’s important to note these improvements are a result of customer demand and market forces, not regulation,” Pelton says.
Airlines fined for rochester incident
U.S. DOT, in the first-ever government punishment against airlines for keeping passengers on a plane during an extended ground delay, fines Continental Airlines, one of its contractors, and another airline a total of $175,000 for a six-hour delay last summer. The fines stem from an Aug. 8 incident when some 50 passengers aboard a Houston-Minnesota Continental Express flight were diverted to Rochester, MN. DOT also fines Mesaba Airlines $75,000 because its employees at the airport refused to help disembark the passengers, saying no security personnel were available. The flight was operated by ExpressJet Airlines, and it and Continental were fined $50,000.
ACC — Airport Consultants Council presents former TSA Administrator Edmund S. “Kip” Hawley the 2009 ACC Aviation Award of Excellence. The award recognizes the contributions of an individual or group that are visionary and innovative, have advanced the airport and aviation industry, and have served the public in the process.
ACI-NA — Airports Council Int’l-North America reports that total nonaeronautical operating revenue at U.S. commercial service airports was $7.49 billion in 2008, a 6.4 percent increase from 2007 ($7.04 billion). The data from the FAA Compliance Activity Tracking System (CATS) database includes concession revenue from 521 airports, representing 100 percent of total passenger traffic. Food and beverage sales at U.S. airports totaled $569 million in 2008; retail sales in 2008 totaled $639 million, up 20 percent.
Aero Trader — a division of Dominion Enterprises based in Norfolk, VA, launches a revenue sharing program for fixed base operators. The Aero Trader FBO Affiliate Revenue Share Program facilitates the buying and selling of planes, parts, and service. FBOs receive 20 percent of the total ad rate of any advertising they refer to Aero Trader, in print and online, every time the ad runs; www.aerotrader.com.
Air Charter Safety Found-ation (ACSF) — will hold its annual Air Charter Safety Symposium on March 2-3, 2010, at Chantilly, VA; www.acsf.aero/symposium.
AirTran Airways — adds non-stop service from Milwaukee’s General Mitchell Int’l Airport to DFW Int’l, beginning April 6, 2010.
Alaska Airlines — plans to start nonstop service from Sacramento to Maui on March 26, 2010. The new service fills a void left when Aloha Airlines ceased all operations in March 2008.
Alaska Airlines — inaugurates four-times-weekly service between Oakland, and Kahului, HI and thrice-weekly service between Oakland and Kona.
Allegiant Air, LLC — announces it will move its jet service to Orlando Int’l Airport beginning March 5, 2010, relocating from the Orlando-Sanford Int’l Airport.
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