The Bombardier Learjet 85 successfully completed its maiden flight yesterday, marking the beginning of the all-composite midsize jet’s flight-test program. Flight-test vehicle one (FTV1) lifted off from Wichita Mid Continent International Airport yesterday at 8:19 a.m. CST.
AINalerts » April 10, 2014
India’s Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA) accused the country’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of trying to undermine the industry’s reputation by leaking observations made about nonscheduled operators during routine safety checks. According to the industry group, government officials have disclosed the findings of the checks to divert blame from the DGCA in the wake of the January 2014 downgrading of India’s safety rating by the U.S.
Business aircraft flying continued its positive trend so far this year, with activity climbing 1.1 percent last month from March 2013, according to the TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. Its analysts also estimate that overall flight activity this month will rise 0.4 percent from last year.
Riyadh International Airport’s private aviation terminal, which houses FBO facilities for several players under one roof, is a “disaster,” a senior Saudi aviation official told AIN today at the Middle East Business Aviation Conference in Riyadh.
NetJets is preparing to launch its NetJets China business in the middle of this year, by which time it expects to receive Chinese government approval for an air operator certificate. Upon its launch, NetJets’ Chinese joint-venture operation, NetJets Business Aviation Ltd., will provide aircraft management services.
For the first time in its 75-year history, Pilatus Aircraft revenues exceeded $1 billion last year, reaching $1.25 billion, the Swiss company announced yesterday in its annual report. This is a 70-percent increase over revenues in 2012, it noted. Profit was $165 million last year, nearly triple the previous year’s figure.
Early next year, FlightSafety International will provide Embraer Legacy 650 training at its learning center at Paris Le Bourget Airport. The factory-authorized program will include initial, recurrent and update training for pilots, maintenance technicians and flight attendants who operate and support the Brazilian-built twinjet. The program will feature a FlightSafety-built level-D-qualified full-motion flight simulator.
The U.S. General Aviation Manufacturers Association announced the opening of a representative office for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region this week at the Global Aerospace Summit in Dubai. Its new office will be co-located with the Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) in Dubai. According to GAMA, its new office there highlights the importance of the MENA region for general and business aviation, as well as the strong partnership between GAMA and MEBA.
Cessna Aircraft delivered the 100th Grand Caravan EX this week. The milestone aircraft was handed over at Cessna’s Wichita headquarters to Hussain Ali Rashid Almoalla for use at his aviation club in the UAE. Almoalla, who also owns a Cessna 182 Skylane and 206 Stationair, planned to personally fly the Caravan back to his home base in Abu Dhabi, a trip of more than 9,000 nm. Powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140, the EX offers a 38-percent improvement in rate of climb over the standard Grand Caravan, as well as a 10- to 12-knot boost in cruise speed.