NetJets will import its first two aircraft into China this month in anticipation of securing a Chinese air operator certificate (AOC) around the end of the first quarter of next year. The U.S. company will base a pair of its Hawker 800s in China so it can offer charter services to local clients. The main business model for Zhuhai-based NetJets-China Business Aviation Ltd. will be to provide aircraft management services.
AINalerts » December 19, 2013
The first-flight schedule has slipped by a few months for the LAR 1, the five-place, single-engine very light jet unveiled by Podgórzyn, Poland-based Flaris in June at the Paris Airshow. It was slated to fly by year-end, but Flaris told AIN that the maiden flight will now occur some time in the first half of next year.
The American pilots of the Embraer Legacy 600 who the Brazilian courts found negligent in the 2006 Amazon midair that killed all 154 aboard a Boeing 737 had their sentences cut by the Superior Tribunal of Justice (STJ), Brazil’s second-highest court.
Greenpoint Technologies, a completion center specializing in Boeing cabin completion work, has won a contract for the interior completion of an executive version of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Russian Helicopters announced that the third prototype of the Mi-38 heavy twin, and the first fitted with Klimov TV7-117V engines, made its maiden flight on November 29 at the Mil Moscow helicopter plant. The helicopter’s new Fadec-controlled turboshaft engine outputs 2,800 shp at takeoff and up to 3,750 shp in “emergency power.”
NBAA welcomed a bipartisan U.S. budget agreement approved yesterday by Congress that averts another near-term government shutdown. The Senate yesterday passed the budget measure, which sets funding for all federal agencies. The House approved the same budget package last week. “Avoiding another government shutdown is a key concern for NBAA and the business aviation community,” the association said. “Because business aviation is more regulated than other industries, the most recent shutdown [in October] had a far more dire impact on business aviation than on other industries.”
CAE announced yesterday that it will start accepting Avcard, an aviation charge card from World Fuel Services, as a form of payment at its business aviation training centers in Dallas and New York. Avcard acceptance allows CAE customers to earn FlyBuys Rewards when they pay for training with the card. CAE plans eventually to expand this payment option to its other business aircraft training facilities, including those in Amsterdam, São Paulo, Shanghai, Dubai, London and Phoenix. The company offers training on more than 80 business aircraft platforms.
Flexjet is offering two limited-time offers–25 Challenger 300 upgrade hours and “60 for 50”–to spur fractional jet ownership sales in its Learjet and Challenger programs. Until December 31, new and existing Flexjet owners purchasing a one-sixteenth share in a Learjet 40XR, 45XR or 60XR will have the opportunity to upgrade 25 of their annual allocated hours, at their same Learjet hourly occupied rate, to a Challenger 300.
Charterscanner launched its online air charter booking service yesterday, allowing customers to be presented with several aircraft options for booking a flight, paying the bill and flying on the trip. “It will act as simple as to use ticket search portals, such as Skyscanner and Expedia, but without the use of intermediary sites and commissions, which saves time and money,” the company said. Some 60 charter operators are already cooperating with Charterscanner, including Global Jet Concept, VistaJet, Avcon Jet, Royal Jet, Capital Jets and Elit’Avia.
FltPlan introduced a free electronic checklist integrated with a pilot’s flight-planning account. It makes completing the checklist easier by ensuring that no step is accidentally missed. Checklists can also be transferred to other tail numbers, shared with other pilots and printed out. The new FltPlan checklist program provides customers with a template checklist for a specific aircraft that can be customized for their specific needs either by adding new categories or eliminating specific pre-loaded ones. Users can look at the checklist on their tablets or smartphones.