Political – Business Aviation News https://businessaviationnews.com Mon, 28 Oct 2019 14:21:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.3 https://i0.wp.com/businessaviationnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/bizicon.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Political – Business Aviation News https://businessaviationnews.com 32 32 142066361 GULFSTREAM OFFERS CARBON OFFSETS TO OPERATORS https://businessaviationnews.com/gulfstream-offers-carbon-offsets-to-operators/ Sun, 20 Oct 2019 14:18:39 +0000 http://businessaviationnews.com/?p=488 SAVANNAH, Georgia, October 20, 2019 — Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced a new service that reinforces the company’s commitment to sustainability and provides Gulfstream operators with the opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint associated with their flights.

Participants pay an annual fee based on aircraft utilization to fund activities that generate an equal reduction in carbon emissions.

“This service responds to our customers’ growing commitment to sustainability and aligns well with our environmental strategy, which includes designing some of the quietest, most fuel-efficient aircraft in the industry and promoting and using sustainable aviation fuel,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “Many of our operators want to leverage the benefits of business aviation in an eco-friendly way and this allows them to do so. Through their participation in this service, they can be part of the solution for meeting aviation’s goals for global emissions reduction.”

Gulfstream’s carbon offset service is among a comprehensive portfolio of offerings in the company’s turnkey support, operations and maintenance program, Aircraft Ownership Service (AOS), launched in late 2017. Designed to simplify a Gulfstream operator’s experience, AOS enables aircraft owners, flight departments and management companies to customize aircraft services for their needs. Customers choose the services, set the contract term and then receive a consolidated monthly invoice.

Gulfstream does not charge operators a fee to administer its carbon offset service, and there is no contractual commitment. Customers simply let Gulfstream know their projected annual flight hours and are invoiced a monthly fee, which is invested in environmentally beneficial activities through a third-party provider chosen by Gulfstream.

“Our provider will report annually what projects the carbon offset funds are used for,” Burns said. “These certified and verified projects that benefit the climate have included wind energy, forest management, farm power and recovery and utilization of landfill gas.”

One carbon offset represents the reduction of 1 metric ton/2,205 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

There are several elements to Gulfstream’s sustainability program, including aircraft sustainability, eco-friendly buildings and the use of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for its corporate, demonstration, Customer Support and Flight Test fleets in Savannah. In addition, Gulfstream’s Long Beach, California, maintenance and completions facility sells SAF to customers and uses it for Completions and delivery flights.

For more information about Gulfstream’s carbon offset service, customers may email aosinfo@gulfstream.com.

Stephen M. Dickson Sworn in as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration https://businessaviationnews.com/stephen-m-dickson-sworn-in-as-administrator-of-the-federal-aviation-administration/ Mon, 12 Aug 2019 15:48:35 +0000 http://businessaviationnews.com/?p=467

WASHINGTONStephen M. Dickson was sworn in today by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao as the 18th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). An aviation industry professional with nearly 40 years of experience, Dickson is widely respected and assumes the role of Administrator of the agency during a critical moment for aviation safety.

Recognizing Acting Administrator Elwell’s service, Secretary Chao stated, “I’m grateful for Acting Administrator Dan Elwell’s steady and principled leadership during an especially challenging time in the FAA’s history.” As FAA Administrator, Dickson will lead an agency responsible for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world — a system that operates more than 50,000 flights per day. He will oversee a $16.4 billion-dollar budget, more than 47,000 employees, and focus on ensuring the agency and its employees are the best prepared and trained professionals to meet the growing demands and requirements of the industry.

“I am honored to join the outstanding team at the Federal Aviation Administration and look forward to ensuring our aviation system maintains its proper place, leading the world in both safety and operational performance,” said Captain Dickson. “Nowhere else in the world sees the volume, complexity and pace of innovation that we have in America. Maintaining the highest levels of safety while adapting to technological advancements will be a key part of our success. I am honored to be able to help write the next chapter in the history of the FAA.”

Dickson recently retired from service as the Senior Vice President-Flight Operations for Delta Air Lines. In this role, he was responsible for the safety and operational performance of Delta’s global flight operations, as well as pilot training, crew resources, crew scheduling, and regulatory compliance. He also flew in line operations as an A320 captain, and previously flew the B727, B737, B757, and B767 during his career. Dickson is a strong advocate for commercial aviation safety and improvements to our National Airspace System, having served as chairman of several industry stakeholder groups and Federal advisory committees. A former United States Air Force Officer and F-15 fighter pilot, Dickson is a Distinguished Graduate of the Class of 1979 at the United States Air Force Academy, as well as a graduate of the Georgia State University College of Law, magna cum laude.

FAA Acting Administrator Daniel K. Elwell will serve as FAA Deputy Administrator upon Administrator Dickson assuming office.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $779 Million in Funding for Airport Infrastructure https://businessaviationnews.com/u-s-transportation-secretary-elaine-l-chao-announces-779-million-in-funding-for-airport-infrastructure/ Wed, 15 May 2019 16:01:52 +0000 http://businessaviationnews.com/?p=472 WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the intent to award $779 million in supplemental funding for infrastructure grants to 127 airports in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. 

“This supplemental funding allows us to invest in important infrastructure needs at the nation’s airports, especially those serving smaller and rural communities,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

The selected airports will receive funding for construction or equipment to increase their safety, capacity, and security. Airports are vital to the local and regional economy and support critical transportation needs.

This funding is in addition to the $3.31 billion awarded in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding during fiscal year 2018, and $205 million awarded in the first tranche of supplemental AIP funding in September 2018. The recipients of the selected grants will meet any remaining required approvals. Selected projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons, and terminals. The construction and equipment supported by this funding increase the airports’ safety, emergency response capabilities, capacity, and could support further potential growth and development within each airport’s region.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a Federal Register notice on July 9, 2018, explaining the evaluation criteria and submission process. After the FAA awarded $205 million to 37 airports in 34 states in September 2018, airports in October 2018 submitted additional funding requests for grant awards in fiscal years 2019 or 2020.

Under the Secretary’s leadership, the FAA is administering the supplemental funding to strengthen the safety and efficiency of America’s airports. These investments increase the nation’s competitiveness and improve the quality of life for the traveling public. According to the FAA’s most recent economic analysis, U.S. civil aviation accounts for $1.6 trillion in total economic activity and supports nearly 11 million jobs. 

The requirements under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 include:

  • Requiring the FAA to give “priority consideration” to specific types of airports (smaller and more rural airports);
  • For non-primary airports, there is no local match required for the work covered by the grant; and
  • Requiring the FAA to obligate the supplemental funding by September 2020.

Please find the list of supplemental grant awards on our website.

Trump privately pushing personal pilot to run FAA https://businessaviationnews.com/trump-privately-pushing-personal-pilot-to-run-faa/ Sat, 03 Mar 2018 14:49:14 +0000 http://businessaviationnews.com/?p=389 The president’s personal pilot is on the administration’s short list to head the Federal Aviation Administration. Trump has told a host of administration officials and associates that he wants John Dunkin — his longtime personal pilot, who flew him around the country on Trump Force One during the campaign — to helm the agency, which has a budget in the billions and which oversees all civil aviation in the United States.

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Shuster drops push to privatize air traffic control https://businessaviationnews.com/shuster-drops-push-to-privatize-air-traffic-control/ Sat, 03 Mar 2018 13:10:22 +0000 http://businessaviationnews.com/?p=376

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) is dropping his effort to separate air traffic control from the federal government.

“Despite an unprecedented level of support for this legislation – from bipartisan lawmakers, industry, and conservative groups and labor groups alike – some of my own colleagues refused to support shrinking the federal government by 35,000 employees, cutting taxes, and stopping wasteful spending,” Shuster wrote in a statement.

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NATA Statement on Trump Administration FY2019 Budget Blueprint https://businessaviationnews.com/nata-statement-on-trump-administration-fy2019-budget-blueprint/ Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:07:46 +0000 http://businessaviationnews.com/?p=292 Budget Request Calls for Exploration of Corporatizing Air Traffic Control

Today, the Trump Administration released a budget blueprint for Fiscal Year 2019, providing high level detail about the Administration’s proposals related to federal discretionary funding. The budget proposal calls for investment into rural America, but also includes language outlining support for creating an air traffic control corporation – an idea that has been met with the collective resistance of NATA and hundreds of other leading general aviation organizations.

The following is a statement by National Air Transportation Association President Martin H. Hiller:

“Despite strong bipartisan opposition to the corporatization of our nation’s air traffic control system, the 2019 budget blueprint contains language shifting the air traffic control function away from the FAA to a corporation. NATA will continue to fight this existential threat to general aviation and the businesses that support this vital community – supporting more than one million jobs nationwide. The association will work with the Administration and Congress toward a more efficient FAA, with a priority on educating them about the risks posed by handing over our nation’s air traffic control system to special interests.”

Trump budget continues to support air-traffic control privatization https://businessaviationnews.com/trump-budget-continues-to-support-air-traffic-control-privatization/ Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:49:20 +0000 http://businessaviationnews.com/?p=287 “Similar to successful efforts in many other developed countries, the goal is to create a system that can respond to changing air travel demand by deploying cutting-edge technology and giving airlines, general aviation users and passengers a system that is a good steward of their financial resources,” the budget said.

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NBAA Opposes ATC-Giveaway Component of President’s Budget Proposal https://businessaviationnews.com/nbaa-opposes-atc-giveaway-component-of-presidents-budget-proposal/ Tue, 13 Feb 2018 10:41:34 +0000 http://businessaviationnews.com/?p=285 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen today stated the organization’s strong opposition to the Trump administration’s budget proposal, which appears to endorse an air traffic control (ATC) giveaway to the big airlines.

Bolen noted that legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives containing a similar proposal has been met with objections from a large, diverse and growing chorus of opposition, which has rejected the plan on multiple grounds, including the harmful impact it would have on communities across America that rely on general aviation for essential transportation.

Under the highly controversial plan supported by the president, congressional oversight of the nation’s aviation system would be transferred to a private board, effectively dominated by the airlines and unaccountable to Congress. The concept has been championed by the airlines as Congress has been debating reauthorization of funding and programs for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“NBAA has always supported investments in aviation, including some of those in the president’s budget,” Bolen said. “But, it’s no surprise that the idea of handing over the nation’s ATC system to what amounts to an airline cartel has raised concern or opposition from lawmakers in both parties, more than 200 aviation organizations, more than 100 pilot-business leaders, more than 100 mayors in every state, consumer groups, airport groups, think tanks on the political left and right, rural organizations and a majority of American citizens. It’s bad policy, which would have a devastating impact on small communities and rural areas, which could see their access to airports and airspace threatened.

“Privatization would especially hurt the general aviation industry, which supports more than a million jobs and generates $200 billion a year in economic activity,” Bolen added. Countless communities rely on general aviation for business connectivity, humanitarian flights, a host of civil services and other needs.

“NBAA will continue to support effective investments to upgrade infrastructure,” Bolen said. “But we urge the president to abandon this airline-handover proposal, and support policies that ensure access to vital aviation services for all citizens and communities.”

The budget proposal released by the president today is the administration’s blueprint for federal spending in the coming fiscal year. Congress still must take action to reflect its direction on the budget, including the reauthorization and funding of FAA, and other matters related to the nation’s infrastructure.

Trump Tax Plan Expected to Boost Private Jet Sector https://businessaviationnews.com/trump-tax-plan-expected-to-boost-private-jet-sector/ Tue, 30 Jan 2018 04:55:48 +0000 http://businessaviationnews.com/?p=183

“We have a number of forces coming together to drive the market forward, including growing optimism about the global economy, a US President that owns his own private aircraft and is pro the industry, and a range of new aircraft that have recently come on to the market enticing owners to sell their jets and upgrade to new models. The sector has been in the doldrums in recent years but it definitely feels like it is on the up.”  – Alasdair Whyte, editor of Corporate Jet Investor

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