DeerJet, one of China’s leading executive charter firms, has leased a Gulfstream IV through U.S. investment firm Bravia Capital Partners. The aircraft, which will be operated under a five-year lease, joins another GIV in the operator’s fleet, along with a Raytheon Hawker 800XP and Premier I.
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Sentient said that sales of its block-charter private jet card grew 82 percent in the first quarter over the same period a year ago. The Norwell, Mass. company, which books time on select charter operators, says that it now has more than 1,700 cardholders.
Citing insufficient evidence, an NTSB law judge dismissed FAA allegations that charter operator Air East did not comply with several ADs and that some personnel were not properly qualified. The charges precipitated an emergency revocation of Air East’s Part 135 certificate on March 8, grounding the Farmingdale, N.Y. charter operator.
Effective April 13, Part 135 operators are now required to use dedicated air-carrier codes when electronically transmitting advance passenger information system (APIS) data to the Customs & Border Protection (CBP) agency. NBAA said its APIS submission service has been modified to allow for the use of APIS carrier codes. If an operator has an IATA code, that code must be used.
Club Airways, a members-only scheduled business jet charter operation in Europe, has chosen PrivatPort to provide ground handling for its flights from Geneva International Airport. PrivatPort, which operates out of Geneva’s C3 executive terminal, is a new FBO joint venture between business aviation service group PrivatAir and handling company Swissport Geneva.
During the Cold War in the 1950s, squadrons of North American F-86 Sabres and, later, F-100 Super Sabres stood guard over the West Coast secreted in hangars at what is now Camarillo Airport (CMA), Calif. Alex Fisher, v-p of operations for Sun Air Jets at the airport, said, “There’s a lot of history here. The pilots would sleep in their flight suits and had to be ready to take off in four minutes.
Belgian charter operator Flying Group’s takeover of Cap Camarat Business Jet (CCBJ) furthers the operator’s “ambition to become an important player in European business aviation,” a spokesman told AIN.
Swiss business aircraft pilot Stefano Costi has launched a new operations-management system that he claims will offer the most integrated and intuitive software available today. Costi’s firm, Business Jet Associates, developed the system, called Bizflight, with Swiss software house Travico.
Two well known companies that operate charter aircraft and jet travel cards might be near to merging. According to sources close to the situation, Berwyn, Pa.-based JetDirect is negotiating to acquire Norwell, Mass.-based Sentient Jet.
Transport Canada found no violations of Federal Aviation Regulations during a special-purpose audit of Georgian Express, and on January 27 returned the operator certificate to the Toronto-based airline. The certificate was suspended on January 22, five days after a fatal crash of one of the company’s Cessna 208B Caravans in which the pilot and all nine passengers were killed.