The Air Charter Safety Foundation’s (ACSF) recently completed review of Part 135 incidents and accidents examines the safety record of the industry from 2004 to 2008. To compile the data, the foundation combed through the NTSB accident database and separated revenue flights from Part 91 events, including maintenance, ferry, positioning and instruction.
Charter and Fractional
News and issues concerning the aviation charter and fractional-ownership industries and markets, including company announcements, regulations, new developments and labor issues.
Having delayed its launch for the third time (most recently to December), Ireland-based would-be air-taxi operator JetBird is now publicly no more specific in its planning than to say it will start operations this year. The first aircraft were to have been delivered in September but delays then were attributed to production problems at Embraer.
Aircraft charter and management firm Solairus Aviation launched a program to help fund the Corporate Angel Network’s (CAN) continued efforts to provide cancer patients with free flights aboard corporate aircraft to treatment. Under the program, Solairus will support CAN with a cash contribution equal to 1 percent of the first year’s management fees for each new aircraft management client it signs up this year.
Former employees of Jet Republic complain of being betrayed and misled in the sudden collapse of the European would-be fractional ownership company. Speaking to AIN on condition of anonymity, the staff has claimed that the company breached its contractual obligations by failing to give formal notification that they were being laid off, so preventing them from claiming unemployment benefits in their countries.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that three more aircraft charter operators passed its “industry audit standard” and achieved “registered” status. Executive Fliteways of Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; Million Air Dallas of Addison, Texas; and Sun Air Jets of Camarillo, Calif., all reached this milestone last month. These operators join Jet Solutions/Bombardier Flexjet, the first company to pass the audit and be registered.
The fallout from the failure of JetDirect Aviation earlier this year reverberated throughout the aviation industry, magnifying the effect of the recession on dozens of aircraft owners and operators and the people who fly, maintain and support the aircraft that were, for a brief time, under the JetDirect umbrella.
Individually last year there was no taller toppling in business aviation than that of NetJets founder and chairman Richard Santulli, who on August 4 announced his resignation from the fractional company he had been building since he acquired Executive Jet Aviation in 1984.
Aviation Research Group/US (ARG/US) is endorsing the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) as the “one standard that all operators of business jets around the world would be measured by and audited against.” According to ARG/US CEO Joe Moeggenberg, “The charter community has endured multiple standards and audits for many years, translating into significant time and expense.
NetJets Middle East is reinvigorating its marketing efforts with the introduction of the new Dassault Falcon 2000LX and the launch of a 25-hour jet card. The fractional ownership provider wants to expand its program in the region, having introduced just 17 aircraft to the Middle East fleet since it launched the operation in 1999.
Jet Aviation has purchased charter company K Services and now for the first time is the holder of a U.S. Part 135 charter certificate. Before its acquisition in November 2008 by Gulfstream owner General Dynamics, then foreign-owned Jet Aviation had planned to develop its own charter company but halted that effort and entered into an agreement to broker charter flights to Priester Aviation.