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Flying Colours Corp. Expands Sales Team with Appointment of Clint Bloom

Flying Colours Corp is broadening the expertise of its sales team with the appointment of former Bombardier Aerospace interiors specialist Clint Bloom as Sales Manager - Interiors. Clint will be based in Tucson, Arizona, with a remit that covers the entire U.S. and Canada, as required. Reporting to Kevin Kliethermes, Director of Sales, Clint brings a wealth of experience to the company ass...

American Airlines Secretly Adds Free Real-Time Bag Tracking

American Airlines in recent weeks has quietly added free real-time online luggage tracking for checked bags, allowing customers to determine where their bag is - from check-in counter to baggage carousel pickup. The service is useful not only for curious travelers, but in case a checked bag hasn't arrived at your destination. You'll know right away that your luggage is on...

FlightSafety launches Latitude simulator training programme

FlightSafety International launched its Cessna Citation Latitude simulator training programme on 28 September at its facility in Wichita, Kansas. The inauguration came about a month after the midsize business jet entered service with a US customer. The company says, until now, Latitude pilots have been training on a Sovereign+ simulator, as the duo share the same Garmin G5000 flightde...

U.S. Inks New Agreements with Canada, EASA

On September 15, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) signed agreements with two international regulatory partners, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Transport Canada (TCCA) that allow the authorities to rely on each other’s regulatory systems. The agreements will eliminate duplicate processes, get safety enhancing equipment installed on aircraft more quickly, and save time...

Atlantic’s Philly FBO Hosts Papal Goodbye

As Pope Francis wrapped up his historic first visit to the U.S. on Sunday, his farewell address before heading back to Rome and the Vatican took place in one of the hangars of Atlantic Aviation's Philadelphia International Airport facility. Among the 500 VIPs and volunteers present at the event were U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill; Pennsylvania Governo...

Bill Filed To Resolve Managed Aircraft Tax Controversy

Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) last week introduced H.R. 3608 to clarify that aircraft management services are not commercial operations subject to the 7.5-percent air transportation tax. The bill is similar to legislation that the lawmaker introduced in 2014 in attempt to clear up the controversy surrounding a 2012 IRS Chief Counsel opinion that deemed management services as commerc...

Blaming the Airlines for Flight Delays – And An Idea to Fix Them

Who is to blame for flight delays? Airlines are happy to suggest that weather and the Air Traffic Control system are the primary culprits. There is another view on the topic voiced at the recent International Aviation Forecast Summit and the airlines are squarely in the crosshairs. For Captain Michael R. Baiada, CEO of ATH Group and a retired pilot, this fight has become something of...

XTI Aircraft Company Reaches $10 Million in Expressed Global Interest

XTI Aircraft Company Reaches $10 Million in Expressed Global Interest Through Aviation's First Equity Crowdfunding Campaign. Equity crowdfunders from around the world have reserved shares for more than $10 million to support development of the TriFan 600. The TriFan 600 will be the world's first commercially certified vertical takeoff airplane. It will have the speed,...

Raytheon says new U.S. civilian cyber contract worth about $1 billion

Raytheon Co on Monday said a new five-year contract it won from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help more than 100 civilian agencies manage their computer security could be worth $1 billion, a key win for the company. Raytheon said DHS selected it to be the prime contractor and systems integrator for the agency's Network Security Deployment (NSD) division, and its National Cyber...

Delta: Privatizing ATO threatens customer service

A proposal for inclusion in the FAA reauthorization bill this fall would separate the nation’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO) from the FAA into a new organization outside of the federal government. While Delta agrees that improvements to handling our near-capacity air space need to continue, we believe that privatizing the ATO is not the answer. In fact, the process of separating the ATO...

JFK airport reopens runway after major modernization

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today announced the resumption of flights on a major runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport, following substantial completion of a $400 million modernization project designed to help reduce delays, enhance safety and increase the surface’s lifespan. JFK Airport now has all four of its runways in full use for the first time since the s...

FAA proposes $114,975 penalty against Sun Country Airlines

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $114,975 civil penalty against MN Airlines, LLC, doing business as Sun Country Airlines, for allegedly violating federal drug and alcohol testing regulations. The FAA alleges that Sun Country, of Mendota Heights, Minn., failed to conduct pre-employment drug tests and receive verified negativ...