AINalerts » August 14, 2008

August 14, 2008 - 12:02pm

Carlsbad, Calif.-based Spectrum Aeronautical earlier this week announced another fleet order for its in-development S.33 Independence very light jet and S.40 Freedom light jet. The latest fleet order for an unspecified mix of S.33s and S.40s from Northbrook, Ill.-based Starfish Aviation is valued “in the nine-digit range,” according to Spectrum president Austin Blue.

August 14, 2008 - 11:53am

European Aeronautical Group has launched a redesigned format for its Navtech Aerocharts. Among the changes introduced are new formats for page numbering and airport name, new style text, boxes showing communications data, new symbology, presentation of takeoff minimums for the aerodrome charts and the depiction of landing minimums. However, the new Aerocharts have drawn staunch criticism from professional pilots on online message boards.

August 14, 2008 - 11:51am

Cessna yesterday said it completed a series of wind-tunnel tests for its large-cabin Citation Columbus. Results from the tests in low- and high-speed wind tunnels will be analyzed in the coming months, though Cessna said that preliminary data analysis revealed no surprises.

August 14, 2008 - 11:47am

A story in Monday’s USA Today that reported the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is working on “a massive expansion” of aviation security rules has the general aviation community on edge. Aviation groups are concerned that new security regulations could severely restrict the convenience and utility of GA aircraft.

August 14, 2008 - 11:35am

Sentient Jet Holdings announced yesterday that it will be splitting into two separate companies. Chairman Greg Campbell will retain control of aircraft management and charter operations, technical services and the FBO business, with Jake Cartwright serving as president and CEO of the management and charter division, which will be rebranded. Cartwright previously served as president and CEO of TAG Aviation USA.


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