Dassault Aviation posted strong financial numbers for the first six months of this year thanks to a burgeoning market for its Falcon business jets. First-half consolidated sales for the French aircraft manufacturer jumped to $2.44 billion from $1.92 billion last year. Revenues from the Falcon division now account for 57 percent of the company’s income, on par with last year.
AINalerts » September 4, 2007
Between now and December 31, the FAA is sending teams of aviation safety inspectors to conduct “special emphasis inspections” of all Part 135 charter operators focusing on compliance with FAR Parts 119 and 135 and OpSpec A002 and A008 operational control requirements. The instructions to the inspector workforce are detailed in FAA Notice N8900.16, which contains an inspection checklist.
The Russian government has halved the import tax on larger business jets from 20 to 10 percent, according to the country’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. This reduction initially will apply to aircraft weighing between 15 and 20 metric tons (33,069 to 44,092 pounds), though Russian officials have indicated they intend to extend the tax break to smaller business aircraft and eventually scrap the import duty altogether.
A search-and-rescue effort is currently under way for world aviation record holder Steve Fossett, who was reported missing Monday night after he was last seen taking off from the Flying M Ranch near Smith Valley, Nev., in an American Champion Super Decathlon. The Civil Air Patrol has not yet found any signs of Fossett, though the search area covers hundreds of square miles of rugged terrain.
“Stay tuned–it’s going to be an interesting company,” Epic Aircraft CEO Rick Schrameck told AIN today, confirming speculation that he has been in talks with Vijay Mallya, chairman of Kingfisher Airlines parent company UB Group, about Mallya acquiring a controlling stake in the start-up aircraft manufacturer.
Last Thursday Gulfstream officially opened the first of two phases of its new 624,588-sq-ft Savannah (Ga.) Service Center as part of a seven-year, $400 million long-range expansion plan for its headquarters and business jet manufacturing and maintenance facilities.