AINalerts » May 6, 2008

May 6, 2008 - 11:14am

Independent cabin completion and refurbishment specialist Duncan Aviation recently signed a long-term contract with Dassault Aviation to complete green Falcon 7Xs. According to a spokesman for Duncan, the first 7X arrived last Saturday at its Lincoln, Neb. facility and is due to emerge as a finished airplane in the first quarter of next year.

May 6, 2008 - 11:11am

Mercury Air Group announced today that it has started flight operations at the Royal Terminal in Kuwait, the largest private aviation terminal in the Middle East. The three-story, 100,000-sq-ft FBO facility, owned by Royal Aviation Kuwait, cost $42 million to build and includes amenities typically “found only in the world’s most lavish hotels,” such as upscale boutiques and couture shops, a five-star restaurant and various lounges.

May 6, 2008 - 11:07am

On behalf of the approximately 575 Flight Options pilots, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108 last week filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board (NMB), saying that contract negotiations between the pilot group and the fractional provider’s management team have “broken down.” Negotiations on the initial work contract between the parties began in June 2006, not long after the Flight Options pilots voted for union r

May 6, 2008 - 11:04am

The Cessna Citation CJ4 prototype successfully achieved a two-hour 22-minute maiden flight yesterday morning, taking off from McConnell AFB in Wichita and landing at nearby Mid-Continent Airport. “It was an outstanding first flight,” said Cessna senior engineering test pilot Dan Morris, who flew the aircraft with engineering flight-test manager Dave Bonifield as copilot.

May 6, 2008 - 11:02am

Winners of this year’s Sikorsky Award for Humanitarian Service talk to Curt Epstein about the past, present and future of helicopter use in firefighting. Click here to watch.

May 6, 2008 - 10:59am

Eclipse 500 air-taxi operator DayJet has “reduced its employee base across most areas of its business,” according to president and CEO Ed Iacobucci in a statement released earlier this afternoon. DayJet hoped to raise another $40 million of operating capital in the first quarter of this year, he wrote, “but suffice it to say that given the current state of the U.S.


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