AINalerts » December 16, 2008

December 16, 2008 - 11:23am

San Carlos, Calif.-based XOJet has laid off “around 20” pilots and some additional operations and sales staff, according to John Magner, the company’s executive vice president of commercial operations. XOJet is still taking delivery of Challenger 300s and Citation Xs at the rate of about one a month and the company is still closing deals, “but not to the degree we wanted to grow,” he said.

December 16, 2008 - 11:22am

NBAA is urging operators planning to be in the Washington, D.C. metro area during President-elect Obama’s inauguration next month to subscribe to NBAA Airspace Alerts for the latest information. According to the association, there will be one or more TFRs issued that will restrict general aviation aircraft operations in the D.C. area.

December 16, 2008 - 11:21am

Fractional share provider CitationShares is reducing the size of its pilot workforce by 30 people, according to CEO Steve O’Neill. The Greenwich, Conn.-based company is offering an early retirement and temporary leave-of absence alternative to all pilots before determining how many will be affected by an involuntary furlough, he said.

December 16, 2008 - 11:18am

Grob Aerospace insolvency administrator Dr. Michael Jaffé announced today that two companies have expressed interest in taking over the German aircraft manufacturer.

December 16, 2008 - 11:17am

Despite heavy opposition by pilots and aviation alphabet groups, airspace restrictions and procedures implemented around Washington, D.C., after 9/11–namely the 15-nm-radius Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) and 30-nm-radius Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA), both centered at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)–were made permanent under a final rule issued yesterday by the FAA.


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