NBAA: ‘TSA’s proposal would overwhelm’
National Business Aviation Association president and CEO Ed Bolen is campaigning about “the potentially ruinous effect” that the Transportation Security Administration’s proposed Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) could have on small and mid-size businesses and on the general aviation (GA) community as a whole. Charges Bolen, “The TSA’s proposal would overwhelm businesses, airports, and others across the general aviation community, at a time when it is beset with challenges in the current marketplace. Equally unfortunate, the burden the proposal would produce would not result in a clear security benefit.”
Bolen relayed his comments to TSA at the agency’s fourth hearing on this proposal, which would impose new security requirements on all general aviation aircraft weighing 12,500 lbs. or more. Airports serving those aircraft would also be subject to provisions in the TSA proposal.
Business aviation groups across the board oppose the TSA proposed regs.
Airport groups seek stimulus funds
Both Airports Council International-North America and the American Association of Airport Executives testified to the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee on the need to direct economic stimulus funding to airport capital improvement projects.
John Clark, ACI-NA chair and director of Jacksonville Int’l, urges Congress to inject some $3 billion into such projects. He related to the committee that airports get most of the funding for capital projects from the issuance of bonds; however, turmoil in the credit markets has made issuing bonds difficult for airports. “That is why AIP funds are so important,” Clark says. “Airports have over $3 billion in AIP-approved projects that are ready to go in the next two years. Guaranteed funding from the federal government through the AIP program will ensure shovels in the ground at airports both large and small across the country in as little as 30 to 45 days after the enactment of ... legislation.”
Sale of eclipse assets approved
Eclipse Aviation will soon begin a new life as EclipseJet Aviation International, after a judge in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware in late January verbally approved the sale of Eclipse’s assets, including its manufacturing facilities with some 900 employees in Albuquerque, to Luxemburg-based ETIRC Aviation. The sale was outlined in Eclipse’s bankruptcy plan when it filed for a Chapter 11 business reorganization on Nov. 25. Reports put the purchase price at $28 million cash, plus another $160 million in promissory notes.
air chef holdings, llc. — headquartered in Tampa announces the separation of its services into two distinct service offerings, Air Culinaire and CaterLink. Air Culinaire will continue to be the brand name of owned and operated kitchens in 14 locations.
altovoo.com — is launched by international business veteran Barbara Abello, providing the first online aircraft market & industry directory dedicated to Brazilian general aviation.
asa — of Newscastle, WA introduces the newest addition to The Pilot’s Manual Series, The Pilot’s Manual: Access to Flight, with an innovative curriculum that combines the Private Pilot and Instrument Rating curriculums into a single flight training program; www.asa.com.
aspen avionics — of Albuquerque announces that the European Aviation Safety Agency has issued European Technical Standard Order authorizations for the EFD1000 Primary Flight Displays, paving the way for installation of the units in European aircraft and for expansion of Aspen’s European dealer network.
business jet access — at Dallas Love Field adds a King Air 350 to its FAR Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate; BJA has a total of seven aircraft on its certificate including a BAC 1-11, two Citation VIIs, and a Gulfstream III, Hawker 850XP, Challenger 300, and King Air 350.
Extending the taxiway will cost about $8 million.
Duluth International Airport wants $3.2 million in bond funding from the Minnesota Legislature to keep two major projects on track.
Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) yesterday joined U.S. House members from the region in opposing Philadelphia International Airport's plan to add 1,000 feet to a runway so it can accommodate larger jets...