Signature Flight Support president Beth Haskins remains at her post, despite an announcement earlier this year that she would be leaving this month. She told AIN the delay in her separation is a result of Signature not having found a replacement. She is likely to remain in the position at least through the NBAA Convention, which will take place in Orlando, Fla. (home of Signature headquarters), from November 9 to 11.
Bell Helicopter selected Chelton Flight Systems to provide a glass cockpit for the company’s light single-engine helicopters. The Chelton cockpit will be available from Bell for the Model 407 beginning in the first quarter of 2007. Until then, Bell 407, 206 and 210 owners can upgrade their existing aircraft to synthetic vision through Bell installation facilities or Chelton’s dealer network.
Airline travelers on Delta, Northwest and other airlines operating under bankruptcy protection might face longer lines, delays and fuller and less frequent flights, but it’s “business as usual” at Delta’s business jet charter arm, Delta AirElite, according to a spokesman. “There will be no affect on our ability to serve our charter, membership or aircraft management customers,” he said.
The Department of Civil Aviation of Brazil is investigating the September 16 crash of a 1997 CitationJet following an apparent loss of control during the initial takeoff climb from Rio de Janeiro International Airport, killing the two pilots on board. IMC prevailed during the positioning flight to nearby Jacarepagua Airport. The airplane, S/N 525-0175 and registered as PT-WLX, was owned by JCA Holdings e Participacoes, a Brazilian company.
Over the next couple of months Garrett/Piedmont Hawthorne/Associated will be closing its engine repair facilities in Long Island, N.Y., Columbus, Ohio, and Springfield, Ill., consolidating these services at its facilities in Augusta, Ga., Houston and Los Angeles. In addition, the company’s Springfield operation will become a “center of excellence” for airframe and avionics work, interior refurbishing and aircraft painting.
Old favorites and new names earned high ratings in this year’s AIN FBO Survey Top 40 list. The many facilities that had tie scores this year might indicate that FBOs continue to improve in the four ratings categories: line service, passenger amenities, pilot amenities and facilities. Wilson Air Center’s Memphis, Tenn. base, once again, tops the list, followed by AirFlite, Long Beach, Calif., up from number three last year.
BBA Aviation, the parent company of Signature Flight Support, released its annual report for last year and the results show that Signature's revenue climbed by 14.1 percent. The FBO network augmented its portfolio over the last year, adding bases in California, Florida and at Paris Le Bourget, for a total of 81 locations worldwide.
Eclipse Aviation delivered to DayJet its first three Eclipse 500 VLJs on March 31, bringing Eclipse’s delivery total to five. While its airplanes await a third ADAHRS for Part 135 operations, DayJet is using its initial deliveries to train pilots for air-taxi services. Eclipse also released draft section 5 of the Eclipse 500 AFM, for the final configuration with aerodynamic mods, aluminum tip tanks and Avio NG avionics.
Verizon Airfone has sent letters to customers informing them that the MagnaStar air-to-ground phone service will stay on the air until at least the end of next year. The service extension gives business aircraft operators flying with MagnaStar gear an extra year to explore alternatives, which for many will likely involve upgrading to Iridium or Inmarsat satcom equipment.
SEC documents filed yesterday reveal that Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) will pay $1.8 billion–$300 million more than originally estimated–for the Carlyle Group’s Landmark Aviation of Phoenix and Standard Aero of Winnipeg, Canada. More than half of the total, $1.034 billion, is for Standard Aero. The filing confirms DAE’s commitment to selling off the Landmark network of FBOs soon after the deal is completed.