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FAA proposes new flight restrictions around manhattan The Federal Aviation Administration is proposing restructuring the low-level VFR airspace around Manhattan in response to this summer’s collision between a sightseeing helicopter and a light...


new jersey appellate court — overturns a lower court ruling that would have allowed the town of Readington, NJ, to seize, by use of eminent domain, over 600 acres of land surrounding the privately owned, public-use Solberg-Hunterdon Airport. The airport, which is owned and operated by the Solberg family, has desired to retain the ability to expand the current runway for safety. The town, however, planned on seizing the land through the use of eminent domain to preserve “open space” to prevent any future expansion of the airport.

nfpa — National Fire Protection Assn. issues a proposed Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) to NFPA 407/Standard on Aircraft Fuel Servicing, which addresses aircraft refueling trucks that are equipped with diesel particulate filter (DPF) regeneration equipment. For information visit www.nfpg.org or www.nata.aero.

ntsb — National Transportation Safety Board is making 19 safety recommendations for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services that focus on pilot training; safety management systems to minimize risk; collection and analysis of flight, weather, and safety data; flight data monitoring; development of a low altitude airspace infrastructure; and the use of dual pilots, autopilots, and night vision imaging systems (NVIS).

orlando int’l airport — is one of 13 expanded pilot locations for the Dept. of Homeland Security’s Global Entry International Trusted Traveler Program, bringing the total number of airports using the system to 20. The program uses a biometric scanning machine to help expedite international arrivals for registered U.S. citizens.

phillips 66 aviation — is doubling its aviation fuel rebate to all EAA Young Eagles volunteer pilots through December 31st, offering a $2 rebate for every gallon of avgas purchased using the Phillips 66 Aviation Personal card to introduce young people to the joys of flight.

proof of pudding: fresh gourmet — opens three kiosks at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport.
sporty’s foundation — awards three scholarships to students in the University of Cincinnati’s Professional Pilot Program.

tampa int’l airport — opens its new Air Cargo Road extension, allowing access for the airport’s east side development area.

tsa — Transportation Security Administration, which has $1 billion in stimulus funds, uses $240 million to purchase enhanced explosives detection devices at the ten airports: Washington Dulles; Lambert-St. Louis; Yellowstone Regional; William P. Hobby/Houston; St. Petersburg/Clearwater; Gallatin Field/Bozeman, MT; Little Rock National; Tulsa; Charlotte Douglas; and Colorado Springs.
• TSA also awards Trinity Technology Group of Fairfax, VA a $10.9 million contract to provide private screening at seven Montana airports. The contract covers screening of both passengers and checked baggage and could create jobs at the seven locations.

twc aviation, inc. — a charter firm based at Van Nuys, CA adds a 14-passenger Gulfstream G550 ultra-long range jet to its fleet.

vector aerospace — Helicopter Services North America at Andalusia, AL now offers Bell Helicopter-certified airframe repair capability for the OH-58 (Kiowa) A and C models.

TSA Rethinks LASP
The Transportation Security Administration reports it will issue a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) to replace the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP), which met with much industry resistance.

Brian Delauter, the new acting general aviation manager for TSA, says the agency has worked with industry over several months to consider changes to the LASP proposal. He recently met with the National Business Aviation Association’s Security Council, at which time he said an SNPRM was currently undergoing internal coordination. Doug Carr, NBAA vice president for safety, security, and regulation, says agency officials appear to be “close to having what they believe will be the next version.”

It’s also reported that Delauter is looking into a range of other business aviation security issues, including international waivers, and plans to work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to improve the waiver request process.

Pay-by-the-Hour Insurance
St. Louis-based insurer Travers & Associates introduces coverage that allows customers to only pay for insurance when they actually need it — by the flying hour.
According to Travers, customers pay an hourly rate for each hour the airplane flies (based on the Hobbs Meter). With a nominal fixed monthly base rate, the program allows operators to maintain cash flow and have insurance costs directly correspond to revenue. There is a cap in place that makes sure customers only pay as much as they would have paid had they purchased the annual premium, no matter how many hours the airplane flies. Visit www.traversaviation.com.

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