On Wednesday, Avantair sent out its “go-forward plan” for “NewCo,” the working name for a reborn Avantair, that would first seek to “restructure and stabilize the business” as a mostly East Coast-only fractional provider. Under the plan, the company’s debts would be wiped out, though the plan does not specify how that will be accomplished.
AINalerts » July 9, 2013
The U.S. business jet fleet worldwide recorded fewer nonfatal accidents and fatalities in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year.
According to figures compiled by AIN, business jets incurred seven accidents in the first half of this year versus 22 during the same period last year. Although these figures include three fatal jet accidents in both periods (all under FAR Part 91), the number of deaths dropped to nine in the first six months of this year compared with 14 in the like period last year.
Demand for executive jet charters looks set to remain stable on both sides of the Atlantic, according to the latest data from online charter portal Avinode. On July 2, the company’s forward-looking index for the following 30 days showed demand almost unchanged compared with a month earlier in the company’s light-, medium- and heavy-jet categories. In the U.S.
Former Charlotte, N.C., mayor Anthony Foxx was sworn in last week as the 17th secretary of transportation. He succeeds former Republican congressman Ray LaHood, who announced in January that he would not remain in President Obama’s Cabinet for a second term.
Foxx, who received unanimous Senate confirmation, spent his first full day meeting DOT employees and holding meetings on issues facing the department, including transportation safety and hurricane and severe weather preparedness.
In its description of a new rule outlining the upcoming ban on jets that don’t meet Stage 2 noise standards, the FAA incorrectly stated that hushkits are available only for Gulfstream IIs and IIIs.
Landmark Aviation began operations last week at its newest location, Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Mich. The service provider has acquired the assets of Northern Air and Grand Rapids Air Center and will operate out of the former Northern Air facility. Amenities include a VIP lounge, executive conference room, flight-planning room and crew showers. The location is Landmark’s first in the state and will offer both FBO and MRO services.
To cut costs and improve efficiency, the FAA is moving to end its direct-to-public retail sales of aeronautical charts and related paper products. Last week the agency stopped accepting or renewing chart subscriptions. While individual charts will be available through the agency’s website through September, on October 1 it will stop selling individual charts.
BBA Aviation Flight Support appointed Todd Hattaway as vice president of technical services for its flight-support division. Hattaway, most recently regional sales director for Beechcraft for India, Indo-China and Malaysia, will direct and manage internal and third-party services for ground support equipment maintenance and repair services for Asig, Signature Flight Support’s TechnicAir, Citation Service Center operations and Asig’s third-party provision of GE Aviation ClearCore engine wash services.
The Solar Impulse completed its coast-to-coast U.S. tour on Saturday when it landed at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport. The electrically powered aircraft flew the 267-mile final leg from Washington’s Dulles International Airport in little more than 18 hours. The tour, which kicked off at the beginning of May, represents the last flights for the aircraft. It will be replaced by a more capable version that will attempt a global circumnavigation in 2015.
The Bahamas government has instituted new private aviation tariffs consisting of a $50 per landing and departure fee for private aircraft and $75 per landing and departure fee for commercial operators. The landing charges are also imposed for technical fuel stops. The new fees took effect last week. In addition the passenger departure tax was recently raised to $25 per person, including children older than 6.
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