The FAA extended to November 16 the comment period on its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to regulate fractional aircraft ownership operations. Just before the original comment period was about to close on October 16, NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association requested a 30-day extension.
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News and issues concerning the fractional-ownership industry and markets, including company announcements, regulations, new developments and labor issues.
OurPlane of London, Ontario, Canada, which has been marketing fractional shares in piston airplanes since 1998, recently introduced fractional programs for the King Air C90B and Pilatus PC-12. The company announced it is teaming with FlightExec to expand the King Air and PC-12 programs in Canada. FlightExec is an aircraft management/charter firm also based in London, Ontario. OurPlane has 15 aircraft at eight locations in North America.
It’s been 21 years since Richard Santulli opened the doors of NetJets, having figured out a way to lower the barriers to entry to business aviation by selling fractional shares in corporate jets. Now all sorts of industries that sell expensive products have latched onto fractional shares; the latest are companies that sell specialized manufacturing equipment to factories that need to switch production lines to new products quickly.
PlaneSense is the world’s largest operator of PC-12s and, according to its president and CEO, George Antoniadis, it intends to hold the same ranking among SPn operators. The company thought long and hard about how to develop its fleet to build on the success achieved by the Swiss-built turboprop single.
Flight Options pilots are only marginally closer to having a negotiated contract nearly a year-and-a-half after voting in a union. The fractional provider’s more than 600 line pilots are represented by Local 1108, the same group that represents NetJets’ pilots.
Charter operator XOJet of San Carlos, Calif., announced with Cessna on Monday that it had ordered 30 Citation Xs worth $600 million. Yesterday, Bombardier joined XOJet in announcing that the companies had signed an agreement for XOJet’s purchase of 80 Challenger 300s, 20 firm and 60 on option, the largest single order to date for the Challenger 300. Total value of this order, if all options are exercised, is $1.9 billion.
Italian aircraft manufacturer Piaggio Aero (Booth No. 3717) yesterday celebrated a milestone agreement with the sale of 22 Avanti II twin turboprops to U.S. fractional operator Avantair.
Fractional-ownership management company OurPlane announced the launch of the first fractional Eclipse 500 VLJ program, based in Jacksonville, Fla.
Bombardier Flexjet (Booth No. 6418) yesterday announced the launch of Flexjet One, an aircraft management program that the company said combines the advantages of whole-airplane ownership with the benefits of the fractional and jet-card programs.
NetJets Europe is building carbon offsetting costs into its fractional ownership prices in a bid to become a fully carbon-neutral operation by 2012. Starting October 1, all new and renewed clients will purchase credits that cancel out the carbon they burn when they take flights. Current customers will be asked to voluntarily sign up for the program as part of their existing contracts. Meanwhile, NetJets in the U.S.