Seventeen Gulfstreams with recently overhauled Rolls-Royce Spey or Tay engines were grounded last Friday when a problem was discovered with the engine’s air control actuator (ACA), a key fuel control component. According to Gulfstream director of customer support Mitch Choquette, three of the aircraft were already in scheduled maintenance at the time.
AINalerts » May 15, 2008
Piaggio Avanti fractional provider Avantair is narrowing its losses and on course to reach profitability in the near future, company CEO Steven Santo said yesterday during a quarterly investor conference. In the first three months of this year, the Clearwater, Fla.-based operator increased its year-over-year revenues by 51 percent, to $29.9 million, and decreased its net loss by $2 million, to $5.4 million.
In a surprise move, the FAA announced late last week that it appointed ATO vice president of operations planning Vicki Cox to become senior vice president for NextGen and operations planning. While surprising, the step was not unwelcome, FAA and industry sources told AIN.
The 149,500-sq-ft Phenom 100/300 final assembly and completions facility that Embraer is building at Melbourne (Fla.) Airport will substantially increase the aircraft manufacturer’s production capacity for the two small jets.
Carlsbad, Calif.-based Spectrum Aeronautical yesterday announced that it selected the Honeywell Primus Apex integrated avionics suite for the all-composite S-40 Freedom midsize business jet it is developing.