FAA Repair Station Rule: “Killing a Flea with an Atom Bomb”

The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) issued the following statement regarding the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) publication its latest revamp of repair station regulations under 14 CFR part 145.

“Besides the expected changes that were based upon the notice of proposed rulemaking, the association is reviewing the more innocuous verbiage added to the final rule without notice or comment,” said Sarah MacLeod, ARSA’s executive director. “The agency often underestimates the impact of innocuous changes; for example, adding the words ‘or new’ to the section on transferring a repair station’s assets. The agency does not explain when the new owner wishing to continue repair station operations would have to apply for an amended ‘or new’ certificate.

Conklin & de Decker Release Life Cycle Cost 2014 - Volume II

Conklin & de Decker has released the latest version of LIFE CYCLE COST 2014 Volume II. The most powerful aircraft budgeting and financial planning tool available, LIFE CYCLE COST (LCC) from Conklin & de Decker, provides aircraft owners, operators, flight department managers, and aircraft consultants with independently researched ownership and operating cost data for more than 400 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft.

Peek Named Director of Business Development at Port of Huntsville

Barbie Peek - Port of HSV.jpg The Port of Huntsville announces Barbie Patterson Peek as its Director of Business Development following an extensive national search. The newly developed position will lead and direct the business development efforts for all entities within the Port of Huntsville – Huntsville International Airport, The International Intermodal Center, and Jetplex Industrial Park. Peek had previously served for twenty years as Director of Marketing for the organization.

“Barbie is a very talented senior marketing professional who has lead the direction and execution of our air service development program for many years,” said Dr. Carl Gessler Jr., chairman of the Huntsville-Madison County Airport Authority (HMCAA). “She has done an exceptional job overseeing the marketing and public relations activities for Port of Huntsville including building strategic alliances and maintaining the Regional Partnership program.”

Florida DOT Names Soliday As 2014 Aviation Professional

The Florida Department of Transportation named Ted Soliday, C.M., executive director of the city of Naples (Florida) Airport Authority, as the 2014 Florida Aviation Professional of the Year. Soliday was nominated for his dedication to the Naples community, his commitment to aviation and his work in promoting Naples Municipal. The airport is a certificated air carrier airport and is home to flight schools, air charter operators, car rental agencies, corporate aviation and non-aviation businesses, as well as fire/rescue services, mosquito control, the Collier County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit and other community services.


Air astansiaedit.jpg Air Astana has selected air transport communications and IT specialist, SITA, to provide messaging for operations, communications with partners and advanced datalink for air traffic control. The deal comes as Kazakhstan’s flag carrier prepares for future growth, following a 13.5 percent traffic increase in 2013.

In recent years, Air Astana has expanded rapidly across the CIS and Central Asian regions, becoming the travel provider of choice for many passengers flying to and from the region. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Kazakhstan’s international passenger traffic is growing at 9% annually, making it the second fastest-growing market in the world.[1]

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