New York-based charter broker Blue Star Jets and the DOT on Monday reached a compromise settlement regarding the company’s alleged regulatory violations in connection with the February crash of a Challenger at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey.
Bombardier Aerospace yesterday revealed it will build a component manufacturing facility in Querétaro, Mexico, to begin operations next May, initially producing wire harnesses but eventually having the capability for "final aircraft assembly." Later next year the facility is scheduled to start manufacturing "major structural aircraft components" currently being built by Asian suppliers.
During its earnings report presented today, Raytheon said it delivered 29 business jets and 27 King Airs in the third quarter, bringing turbine airplanes delivered in the first nine months of this year to 145 compared with 128 in the same period last year. Based on improved earnings, overall bookings and sales expectations, Raytheon Aircraft has increased its 2005 delivery forecast from 256 turbine airplanes to 267.
It's a landmark event for Garrett/Piedmont Hawthorne/Associated (GHPA). The services once provided by the well known and respected names of engine and airframe maintenance firm Garrett Aviation, FBO chain of Piedmont Hawthorne and large aircraft completions center Associated Air Center are reemerging under the new identity of Landmark Aviation.
A Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) issued today warns owners and operators of Robinson R22 and R44 helicopters that the rotor blade skin might begin to debond at the skin-to-spar joint on the lower surface at the tip. Robinson has issued a safety alert warning of this condition. This SAIB applies to main rotor blades part number A016-4, C016-2 or C016-5.
Honda Aircraft announced today that it selected Piedmont-Triad Airport in Greensboro, N.C., to be its world headquarters and sole production and final assembly facility for the HondaJet very light jet. Top Honda Aircraft executives at a press conference, joined by city and state officials, said that the first phase of development will be a 215,000-sq-ft facility for aircraft development, certification, engineering and service and support.
Manufacturers delivered 738 turbine airplanes in the first nine months of this year, some 26 percent more than the 585 delivered in the same period last year, according to data released today. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association reported that U.S. and non-U.S. companies shipped 228 turboprops and 510 business jets, versus 194 and 391, respectively, last year.
Following a nearly 20-year development program marked by financial and management challenges, technical issues and a fatal crash in 2003, San Antonio-based Sino Swearingen yesterday received type certification for the SJ30-2. The TC approves the new twin-engine light business jet for day, night, VFR, IFR, single-pilot and "full performance envelope" operations.
Donald Burr recently left air-taxi hopeful Pogo to "pursue other opportunities," according to a company statement. Burr, founder of People Express, and Robert Crandall, controversial chief of American Airlines, were fierce competitors in the 1980s. The pair established Pogo in May 2004 to develop a national on-demand, regional-based air-taxi network using hundreds of very light twinjets.
Sikorsky Aircraft of Stratford, Conn., today announced an agreement to acquire Keystone Ranger Holdings, the privately owned parent of West Chester, Pa.-based Keystone Helicopter, an engineering, completion and technical support facility for the Sikorsky S-76 and other civil helicopters and aeromedical flight operations.