AINalerts » September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014 - 2:50pm

NetJets announced today that it has been granted its air operator certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and can begin charter operations within the country, making it the first international aircraft operator to earn that distinction.

September 23, 2014 - 2:40pm

Airbus Group (née EADS) and Reno, Nev.-based supersonic business jet (SSBJ) developer Aerion announced a partnership agreement yesterday to collaborate on “technologies associated with the future of high-performance flight.” Under the agreement, the companies will exchange knowledge and capabilities in aircraft design, manufacturing and certification. In May, Aerion unveiled plans for the Mach 1.6, $100+ million AS2 trijet.

September 23, 2014 - 2:38pm

Approximately 300 pilots and other employees of NetJets took to the picket lines yesterday in a three-pronged “informational” protest outside the Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary’s Columbus, Ohio headquarters and at its bases at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and California’s John Wayne Orange County Airport.

September 23, 2014 - 2:30pm

J.P. Morgan’s September report on business aviation reveals “encouraging” but cautious data and analysis of the industry. While noting that U.S. business aircraft operations were up about 4 percent in August, and the used aircraft inventory “declined modestly,” its analysts still would prefer to see sustained improvement before rallying behind news of a recovery.

September 23, 2014 - 2:25pm

In a mission years in the planning, pilot Barrington Irving departed from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport today in the Hawker 400XP that will serve as his flying classroom for educational tours of all seven continents. The first expedition in the aircraft, which has been dubbed the {{ITALICS}} Inspiration III, runs through November 18 and will include stops across North America and in both Asia and Australasia.

September 23, 2014 - 2:20pm

The first Embraer Legacy 500 is expected to be delivered to a customer in Brazil on Thursday, Embraer Executive Jets president and CEO Marco Tulio Pellegrini said today. The aircraft received certification from Brazilian aviation agency ANAC last month. Meanwhile, FAA certification of the fly-by-wire midsize is “imminent,” with this approval possibly coming later this week, he added. Embraer plans to deliver up to six Legacy 500s by year-end, Pellegrini said, noting that he has “high expectations” for the new model.

September 23, 2014 - 2:15pm

Inflight connectivity provider Gogo (formerly Aircell) announced that its new UCS 5000 router/media server is available, along with its Gogo Vision IFE package. Signature Flight Support is the launch partner for the new cabin entertainment system, which features first-run Hollywood movies, and updates automatically when the jet lands at select Signature FBOs, or at the operator’s hangar. Aircell announced the system at last year’s NBAA Convention.

September 23, 2014 - 2:10pm

Aireon, a joint venture involving Iridium Communications and Nav Canada, the country’s private-sector civil air navigation service provider, has announced a plan to provide free real-time global emergency flight tracking for any ADS-B equipped aircraft. The Aireon Aircraft Locating and Emergency Response Tracking service will be available to authorized search-and-rescue operations, soon after the completion of the Iridium Next satellite constellation in 2017.

September 23, 2014 - 2:05pm

Swissport, the world’s largest provider of ground and cargo handling services, has opened another FBO under its PrivatPort brand in Germany. A joint venture between the company and Munich Airport ground handling provider Losch Airport Service, the location made its debut last week just in time for Oktoberfest. It offers dedicated modern passenger and crew lounges, customs and immigration assistance, airport slot coordination, fueling and catering arrangements and quick turns.

September 23, 2014 - 2:00pm

Airplanes flying into Cobb County Airport-McCollum Field in Kennesaw, Ga., soon won’t have to clear customs at another airport, as officials last week broke ground on a dedicated, on-site U.S. Customs inspection facility at the airport. When the facility is complete, the general aviation airport will be the first in the Atlanta metro area to offer the service. Construction of the $800,000 facility is slated for completion by April next year, with customs services starting in July. A new $3 million, 80-foot control tower is also scheduled to open at the airport in April next year.

 

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