David Esler

David Esler
Airport Privatization Can Get Messy 
Back in the 1980s, a prime goal of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's British government was privatization of government-owned assets, and airports were a principal target.
There’s More Than One Way To Run An Airport 
Yes, there's more than one way to run an airport. Just ask the Airports Council International (ACI) in Montreal.
ATC Privatization — Pro & Con  13
Ed Bolen believes total control of the ATC system is the force majeure behind the airlines' long-held wish to create and dominate an air traffic control corporation supported by user fees. For several decades, some of the big airlines have tried to seize control of the ATC system and the revenues that fund it, the NBAA president and CEO told BCA. "We believe that they want to use that control for their exclusive benefit."
Which Airspace Users Will Pay How Much For ATC 
The price for admission into today's FAA-run ATC system is a tax schedule that varies by category of activity. The airlines pay through a combination of taxes—the Passenger Facility Tax, per-takeoff fee and a 4.3 cents/gal. fuel tax. General aviation is divided between turbine and piston, with the former taxed 21.9 cents/gal. and the latter assessed 19.5 cents/gal. of avgas.
Controllers Change Mind On Privatization 
During an ATC privatization attempt 13 years ago, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association staunchly opposed the move. In the current campaign, it seems the union has changed its stance to support a privatized system.
Performance-Based Navigation and Business Aviation  6
Performance-based navigation promises to make air traffic management more efficient than ever before . . . but what does this mean for business aviation?
GPS Reliability, GDOP and ‘RAIM Holes’  2
The space-based Global Positioning System could be said to be the keystone of the FAA's NextGen ATM modernization but just how reliable is GPS? To find out, we asked John Hansman, Ph.D., an aeronautics professor and researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Honeywell’s Super-Midsize HTF7000 Engine 
According to Honeywell, there are 700 HTF7000-powered aircraft in service with 1,400 engines that have collectively logged more than 2.6 million hours.
Honeywell’s Other Engines 
While Honeywell Aerospace's forward view is firmly fixed on the super-midsize business jet market, the Phoenix-based OEM continues to produce its stable of smaller turbine engines.
HTF7000 From The Cockpit 
Rick Stoulil, chief pilot for Hormel Foods Corp., says: "The way the HTF7000 is set up, it works great. It is equipped with autothrottles and is very responsive [on spool-up] with very little lag. And it's really fuel efficient.
One DOM’s Tale 
The director of maintenance of a large U.S. charter/management company with experience with HTF7000 turbofans half jokes that, while the engine runs well, you do not want to borescope it.
Whatever Happened To The F109?  1
The turbofan for the USAF Fairchild-Republic T-46 advanced trainer was rated at 1,330 lb. thrust and was assigned the designation F109. But the program was canceled after the first 28 F109s were delivered.
GE’s ATP Enters The Turboprop Competition  1
Can GE’s Advanced Turboprop carve out a niche in a market dominated by P&WC’s highly successful PT6A?
P&WC’s Hot Seller 
Introduced to the market in 2012, Pratt & Whitney Canada's PT6A-140 turboprop series has achieved broad acceptance in utility and agricultural markets for both forward-fit and retrofit application on a variety of aircraft.
How Reliable Is FANS? 
It’s reasonable to ask just how reliable are FANS and its constituent parts.
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