Honda Aircraft took its first deposits for 100-plus HondaJets during the NBAA Convention last week and is negotiating with “a number of fleet customers,” according to president and CEO Michimasa Fujino. The new twinjet will sell for $3.65 million (2006 dollars), with first delivery scheduled in 2010.
AINalerts » October 24, 2006
Former Flight Options pilot Franklin Rodriguez last month was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison after pleading guilty last May to smuggling drugs into the U.S. While in the Air National Guard he and loadmaster John Fong smuggled some 200,000 Ecstasy pills–worth an estimated $11.6 million on the street–into the U.S. after conducting a military C-5 Galaxy mission from Germany to Stewart Airport in Newburgh, N.Y.
The DOT has moved to ease restrictions on access to U.S. skies for foreign charter operators. It will now allow as many as 12 charter trips per year into the U.S., up from the previous six, before operators would have to embark on the cumbersome and costly process of applying for a Part 129 foreign carrier certificate. There are no such restrictions on U.S. charter companies flying into Europe.
Cessna’s cessnaelearning.com Web site now offers a Caravan cold-weather operations course, a series of five self-paced training modules, taking an estimated two to three hours to complete. After a user submits the online exams, Cessna issues a certificate of completion.
Three separate accidents in the space of four days last week involved turboprop twins and claimed the lives of all 13 aboard. On October 15, four people in a Commander 690 (N55JS) were killed when the aircraft crashed near Antlers, Okla., on an IFR flight plan from Oklahoma City to Orlando, Fla. On October 18, five people in a Piper Cheyenne (N121CS) died when the airplane crashed during a photo flight with a MiG-21.