Archive for December, 2010

New US operator receives approval for PET transportation to UK

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

A new US operator has been approved by DEFRA for the carriage of dogs and cats from the United States and Canada to Biggin Hill, UK.

The Pet Travel Scheme has enabled dogs and cats from the U.S. and Canada to enter the UK since December 11, 2002. Only certain carriers are approved and this is one of the few private jet companies that have an agreement with the ‘PET’s Program to do this.

The process requires several detailed steps without any stress for owner and beloved pets. With the proper paperwork in hand, and a final treatment required shortly before travel, client’s pets can enter the U.K. together without a quarantine requirement!

US airports consider electricity inside runways to melt snow

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

US airports are considering a new way of clearing snow — heating pavement. – Could this be the way for UK airports in the furture?

Workers have traditionally relied on chemicals, plows and sweepers to clear snow on runways and taxiways. But some in the industry are pitching the Federal Aviation Administration to make the new methods — passing electric current under the pavement or circulating warm liquids through pipes or tubes — eligible for the federal funding that airports receive for capital-improvement projects.

In a report that outlines the specifications needed for its grants, the FAA says the heating systems could enhance safety for equipment operators, minimize disruptions caused by heavy snow, provide a greener option or reduce snow-removal time.

Disadvantages include high initial costs and complex installation procedures, the FAA says.

The FAA also advised that heated-pavement systems be limited to locations at the airport where manual and chemical treatments are difficult and operational safety is a factor.

It’s being tested on a limited basis at a few airports, says Chris Oswald of Airports Council International-North America. But airports are generally reluctant to install the systems because they’re concerned about ongoing energy costs, he says. “There isn’t a compelling need for these systems in the industry,” Oswald says. “We don’t believe the case has been demonstrated for the need, and that’s what we want to see.”

The council says the FAA has to be more discriminating on selecting new technology eligible for federal subsidies, given the limited pool of money.

Lord Sugar accepts the first Embraer Legacy 650 business jet

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

British entrepreneur Lord Sugar recently took delivery of Embraer’s newly-certificated transatlantic-capable Legacy 650 business jet. The aircraft (G-SUGA), piloted by Kevin McGrath, departed Embraer’s facilities in São Jose dos Campos, Brazil on Saturday, destined for its new home at London Stansted Airport.

The aircraft will be looked after and operated by an award-winning VIP charter operator, who will also be marketing the aircraft for third party charter use. The Legacy 650 will be maintained and supported at Inflite, which already looks after Lord Sugar’s previous Legacy 600.

“I am absolutely delighted to be accepting this brand new aircraft,” said Lord Sugar. “It has a considerably longer range, it’s fast, it has a very generous hold, accessible from the cabin and is ideal for the 300 hours or so of business flying I do every year. I looked at several aircraft types, but this was the one that fully mirrored my needs. It’s as quiet as the Falcon 7X.”