U.S.-registered business jets experienced a notable drop in nonfatal accidents in the first nine months versus the same time frame last year, according to preliminary figures compiled by AIN. The number of fatal accidents remained the same, but the number of fatalities fell slightly during the most recent nine-month period.
AINalerts » October 8, 2013
The 50th anniversary yesterday of the maiden flight of the first Learjet–the Model 23, on Oct. 7, 1963–begged to be celebrated, and Bombardier obliged with gusto, holding two events at its main assembly facility in Wichita over the weekend. Invited were current and former employees and their families, several special guests and owners and operators who brought examples of almost every Learjet ever produced.
As the U.S. government shutdown enters its eighth day, the FAA announced this morning that it is recalling 800 employees from its office of aviation safety this week to provide oversight across the country. These recalls are part of a contingency plan that would see up to 2,500 employees recalled over a two-week period, but only if their positions provide for “the protection of life and property.”
While the two “voluntary” groundings over the past year at Clearwater, Fla.-based Avantair eventually led to its recent downfall, the fractional provider had a long history of maintenance-related issues, according to FAA files obtained this week by AIN under a Freedom of Information Act request. In fact, one such action from June 4, 2008, involves a $500,000 civil penalty, according to the FAA documents. This particular action remains pending.
NBAA, GAMA and other aviation alphabet groups are backing the general principles of an aircraft-emissions policy accepted by 185 ICAO member states on Friday at a triennial meeting in Montreal. These principles are now being handed over to ICAO working groups, whose work product will be proposed for adoption in 2016 at the next triennial meeting. If adopted, the resulting document would be implemented in 2020.
Just-released results from a comprehensive reader’s choice survey conducted by AIN sister publication Business Jet Traveler confirm that, contrary to what the general public seems to believe, many who fly privately do so primarily not to enjoy luxury but to enhance their efficiency.
Garmin unveiled a GPS watch, dubbed D2, designed specifically for aviators today. Features include direct-to and nearest functions; a built-in adjustable altimeter; altitude-alerting capabilities; the option to display both local and Zulu/UTC time; and the ability to integrate with Garmin’s iOS and Android Pilot apps and VIRB HD action camera. Customized data fields can also display GPS ground speed, GPS track, distance, estimated time en route, bearing and glide ratio. When used with the Pilot app, the D2 can load flight plans and create waypoints.
Canadian completion, refurbishment and MRO specialist Flying Colours has broken ground on the first phase of a $3.39 million, three-phase expansion plan at its Peterborough, Ontario headquarters. The new, 20,000-sq-ft hangar is being added to the existing three-hangar complex and is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of next year. The building will initially be used to increase the company’s refurbishment and maintenance capabilities for pre-owned large-cabin aircraft, particularly Bombardier Globals and Challenger 870s.
Dwane Wallace, who led Cessna Aircraft from 1936 to 1975, was posthumously enshrined into the Aviation Hall of Fame on Friday. “Wallace’s visionary leadership brought Cessna Aircraft into the modern age through the expansion of the company’s product line, including the introduction of the world’s most successful line of business jets–the Cessna Citation,” said Cessna president and CEO Scott Ernest. “Wallace’s legacy is secure as the man who built general aviation around the world.”
Ljubljana, Slovenia-based business aircraft management and charter firm Elit’Avia appointed Puja Mahajan as its new COO. In her new role, Mahajan will manage Elit’Avia’s growth strategy, ensure safety across all operations and “deliver top-notch client services.” Most recently, she was director of business aircraft flight operations at Bombardier Aerospace, where, among other accomplishments, she ran the award-winning Safety Standdown Program for five years.
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