Bombardier Aerospace delayed today’s scheduled maiden flight of the Learjet 85 because of weather in Wichita, where the aircraft was assembled and is being tested, Bombardier CEO Pierre Beaudoin said at an investor conference this morning in New York.
AINalerts » March 20, 2014
Wade and Dave Eyerly, the founders of Surf Air–an all-you-can-fly Part 135 membership service that operates Pilatus PC-12s on West Coast routes–left the company earlier this month. The brothers started Surf Air in 2011 and launched flight operations in June last year. Last month the company hired former Frontier Airlines chief Jeff Potter as the new CEO.
San Francisco-based private aviation services company XOJet is changing the focus of its aircraft charter sales effort from “wholesale to the end user,” senior vice president of sales Gregg Slow told AIN on Tuesday. The majority of the company’s business has previously come from wholesale sources, such as brokers, he noted. To gear up for this initiative, XOJet tripled its sales team over the past year for more interaction with individual consumers of business aviation, among other things.
The need for better regulation and firmer action to stem the tide of the so-called gray market in illegal charter flights will top the agenda at the Middle East Business Aviation Conference (MEBAC), which will be held in the Saudi Arabian capital, Riyadh, on April 10. The event is organized by the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA), which is taking the lead in pushing for firmer legal foundations to support the region’s fast-growing industry.
NTSB investigators are examining the tail-rotor drive assembly following the fatal crash of a 2003 Airbus Helicopters AS350B2–registered as N250FB–that plunged from its sixth-floor helipad to a Seattle street on Tuesday morning. Pilot Gary Pfitzner, 59, and cameraman Bill Strothman, 62, were killed in the crash, and a person on the ground was seriously injured.
Previously mandated cash transactions for aircraft fuel purchases at India’s general aviation airports will now give way to credit cards as part of Airport Authority India’s (AAI) attempt to provide hassle-free operations for business aircraft operators. This follows the installation of a cellular-data-enabled electronic transaction facility this week at the last of India’s 93 domestic airports, Hyderabad Begumpet Airport.
Atlantic Aviation recently reached agreement with Los Angeles World Airports to develop a 36,500-sq-ft general aviation hangar at Los Angeles International Airport, where the company already operates an FBO. Work on the $7.8 million hangar, which will be able to accommodate up to four large-cabin business jets, has already started and is scheduled to be finished early next year.
Ingenio Aerospace introduced a series of products designed to help aircraft manufacturers and interior refurb and completion centers deal with the rapid pace of smart-device technological change. Ingenio’s solution replaces in-cabin connectors with a USB-based receptacle into which various smartphone or tablet arms can be attached. The arms, which can handle as much as 250 pounds, include internal wiring for device charging. Devices fit into an Ingenio SmartPlate, which holds the smartphone or tablet securely and also contains the connector that fits the device.
FlightSafety International promoted Brian Moore to assistant manager of the company’s Cessna learning center in Wichita. He succeeds Randy Annett, who was promoted to manager of FlightSafety’s center in Tucson, Ariz. Moore joined FlightSafety in 1990 as an instructor at the Hawker Beechcraft center, also in Wichita. He worked his way up the ranks and most recently served as FlightSafety’s relationship manager with Beechcraft. Moore, an ATP with more than 3,000 flight hours, has provided more than 6,000 hours of ground school and simulator instruction to date.
Signature Flight Support signed an agreement today with Blue Heron Aviation to license the latter company’s new FBO currently under construction at Providenciales International Airport in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The new Signature-branded FBO will provide customers with a “modern and contemporary” facility, consisting of a 6,800-sq-ft terminal with lounges and office space, 11 acres of aircraft parking and hangar. Ground handling and fueling will be available, as well as the “full portfolio” of Signature’s services, including its Signature TailWins loyalty program.