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Bizav Groups Voice Opposition to Privatized U.S. ATC

Business aviation groups are stepping up their opposition to a proposal to create a user-funded independent organization to run the U.S. air traffic control system. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) intends to make such a proposal the centerpiece of his comprehensive FAAreauthorization bill that is expected to be released early...

Burst tyre and hydraulic problem blamed for emergency landing of Morgan Freeman’s SJ30

A SyberJet SJ30-2 owned by actor and pilot Morgan Freeman was forced to make an emergency landing at Tunica Municipal airport in Mississippi on 5 December while en route to Sugar Land regional airport in Houston. According to a US Federal Aviation Administration accident and incident notification the light business jet – registration N30GZ – diverted to Tunica at 17:15 local tim...

Unattended Bag Leads to Aberdeen S.D. Airport Evacuation

An unattended bag led to the evacuation of the Aberdeen Regional Airport and delayed arrival of passengers to the terminal Thursday night. Police responded to the security threat at the airport shortly after 10 p.m., according to a news release from the Aberdeen Police Department. Earlier in the evening, a male arrived at the airport, stowed a suitcase in a corner of the terminal and immediatel...

Nobody wins when premium economy isn’t Premium Economy

“In the 1980s,” Canada’s Financial Post newspaper predicted in late 1978, “business travelers will look back at air travel in this decade with a certain amount of trauma.” The logic, essentially, was that passengers paying full economy fares (usually, those on business) were frustrated by how full economy cabins were getting. How times don’t ch...

USN moves to modify Super Hornet for Blue Angels role

The US Navy has started a process to replace the Blue Angels demonstration team’s aircraft with a squadron of Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornets. Boeing will receive a contract to draw up the engineering plans needed to convert the single-seat Super Hornet into a configuration specific to the Blue Angels role, the navy said in a 3 December acquisition notice. The engineering work will suppor...

Santa Monica Obligated by Grant Assurances Until 2023

In a December 4 decision on a Part 16 complaint filed by pro-airport interests for the Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport (SMO), the FAA determined that the city of Santa Monica is obligated by grant assurances until August 27, 2023. Essentially, this means that the city must comply with statutory and regulatory obligations in its running of SMO, according to visiting professor at U...

California Newest Airport Terminal Extends to Mexico

The U.S.-Mexico border is one of the world's most fortified international divides. Starting Wednesday, it will also be one of the only that has an airport straddling two countries. An investor group that includes Chicago billionaire Sam Zell built a sleek terminal in San Diego with a bridge that crosses a razor-wire border fence to Tijuana's decades-old airport. Passengers pay US$18 to...

Sikorsky completes VH-92A Presidential helicopter replacement program

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation announced the successful completion of the VH-92A Presidential Helicopter Replacement Program Preliminary Design Review (PDR), completion of the integration and performance testing of mission communications system (MCS) components, and Sikorsky’s acceptance of the second S-92A™ aircraft for the program. Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is a subsidiary of United Tec...

Famous Red Bull Pilot Killed in Apple Valley Plane Crash

The pilot killed in the Apple Valley plane crash has been identified as 60-year-old Michael (Mike) Mangold, a world-famous aerobatics champion for Red Bull who was a resident of Victorville. The crash occurred on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at about 2:20 P.M., according to the Apple Valley Fire Protection District the aircraft is described as an L39 Jet. Witnesses say, that the small pla...

2 Die in Small Jet Crash Near San Bernardino

Two people died after a small jet crashed at a local airport near San Bernardino, Calif., on Sunday, prompting authorities to close the airport for 24 hours. The crash took place at Apple Valley Airport around 2:20 p.m. PT, local media reported. The plane was a two-seater Aero L-39 Albatros, a Czechoslovakian-developed jet trainer, KTLA-TV reported. Fire crews extinguished the flames after...

Boeing to Roll Out 737 Max Jetliner with Little Fanfare

Boeing will roll out the first of its 737 Max jetliners this week with none of the fanfare that accompanied previous launches such as the 787 Dreamliner, even though the company's success is just as intricately tied to the fortunes of the new plane. The Dreamliner launch in 2007 attracted 15,000 guests, video feeds to 40 countries, a live band and Tom Brokaw as master of ceremonies. Th...

FAA orders brief grounding of flights at Albuquerque airport

Officials at Albuquerque's international airport say planes are once again coming and going after federal aviation officials ordered a brief restriction on all flights. The order came as neighboring Kirtland Air Force Base had an area surrounding one of its access gates cordoned off due to reports of a suspicious vehicle and person. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford...