Directional Aviation Capital (DAC)–the company headed by Kenn Ricci that owns Flight Options, Sentient Jet, Nextant Aerospace and Constant Aviation, among others–announced today that it is buying fractional provider Flexjet from Bombardier for $185 million. The transaction is expected to close by year-end, pending U.S. government approvals. All Flexjet employees will be retained, Ricci noted.
AINalerts » September 5, 2013
Sales of pre-owned business jets “showed a slow start” during the first seven months of this year, according to the latest data from business aviation market information firm JetNet.
Mumbai-based Baron Aviation has launched Baron Eagle, a jet card that will provide members the benefits of the company’s mixed fleet of nine business jets and helicopters, including the Challenger 604, Falcon 2000, Global Express, Hawker 750, AS355N and Bell 412 and 407.
The trustee overseeing Avantair’s involuntary bankruptcy is seeking a halt to a class-action lawsuit brought against the company on behalf of former employees alleging Fair Labor Standards Act violations for failure to pay for work performed or provide proper termination notification.
In the wake of a recent accident, three stakeholders in the Eurocopter Super Puma arena have rallied to support the aircraft’s safety record and image. “We do not believe that the accident was caused by an airworthiness or technical problem,” the UK CAA said in a statement.
NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen is joining Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation ministers in Tokyo tomorrow to unveil new guidelines designed to “catalyze” the growth of business aviation in the region. The guidelines are meant to provide a framework for individual Asian countries as they begin to draft business aircraft-specific registration and operations regulations. Joining Bolen will be U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari and other national government transportation leaders.
UK helicopter charter specialist PremiAir revealed plans to brand its Blackbushe base (near TAG Farnborough Airport) as the West London Heliport, following the company’s restructuring under new ownership. More details will be revealed at the Helitech show, which will be held September 24 to 26 at the Excel center in London’s Docklands. The company also plans to acquire its own twin-engine helicopters to “build up a managed fleet of helicopters it will both maintain and offer for third-party charter.”
On Sunday, Kinston Jet Center took over FBO operations at Kinston (N.C.) Regional Jetport after the departure of Delta Private Jets. The FBO is being managed by ABS Aviation and offers hangar space, pilot lounge, wireless Internet and a crew car, among other amenities. Hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, with after-hours access available by callout. Kinston’s airport has an 11,500- by 150-foot grooved asphalt runway with an ILS.
General Dynamics C4 Systems’ next-gen UHF and VHF air traffic control radios completed the first phase of the FAA’s factory acceptance testing program. According to the company, the new radios improve sound clarity, making it easier for air traffic controllers and pilots to hear one another. The second phase of testing, scheduled for this fall, will place with 90 of the next-gen radios in FAA facilities in Florida, Oklahoma and New Jersey to validate how the radios perform in the operational environment.
AOPA’s Frederick, Md. headquarters has joined IMC Club International, becoming its 72nd chapter worldwide. The Norwood, Mass.-based club was founded in 2009 to provide pilots with a local forum to share individual experiences and suggestions for improving their instrument flying knowledge and skills beyond those gained from formal training and checkrides. AOPA chapter participants will include AOPA members and staff pilots, the local pilot community and other IMC Club members. The chapter’s first meeting will be held today at AOPA’s headquarters.