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  • BizAv Friday News Roundup
    Posted by Benet Wilson 2:08 PM on Sep 02, 2011

    FAA is warning operators to ensure they retain pilot employment records dating back to Aug. 1, 2005, reports The Weekly of Business Aviation (subscribers only). The agency this month released an Information for Operators—covering Parts 91, 135, 121 and 125—noting the Airline Safety and FAA Extension Act of 2010 calls for operators to furnish those records to a pilot records database.

    More than 100 people came out for a general aviation rally in Pierre, S.D. on Aug. 31, reports AMTOnline.  The event, which featured Sen. John Thune (R) and Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R), was organized by
    the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, along with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), National Air Transport Association (NATA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA).

    Ratan Tata, chairman of India's Tata Group, is working on deals to become a major player in general aviation, reports the Times of India.  Tata, a pilot, is working on deals for business jets, helicopters as well as for aircraft management and maintenance services.

    Marquis jet founder and NetJets vice chairman Kenny Dichter has resigned from the company, reports AIN Online. He plans to “serve in an advisory capacity,” to NetJets for the next year.

    Jetcraft Corporation says strong demand for new long range/large business jets has stabilised prices and driven up opportunities for buyers of select pre-owned aircraft, reports Arabian Aerospace.  "This good news for sellers has largely been driven by strong demand from emerging markets in Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and South America. In parallel, we continue to see demand recovery in North America, from both public companies and high-net-worth individuals," says President Chad Anderson.

    FlightSafety International's Cessna Learning Center in Wichita has ended training on out-of-production Cessna 210, 300 to 400 series, 425 and 441 aircraft, reports the Wichita Eagle.

    On the topic of user fees, it could be worse -- take a look at New Zealand, reports AOPA Online. "If you live in New Zealand, you’ve been asked since August 1 to pay $100 per year for weather briefings from private companies."

    Jetwhine's Scott Spangler is optimistic about the AOPA Flight Training Student Retention Initiative. The blog reports the Pre-owned Market Changes for Week Ending 8/26/2011.

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