On September 14, three days after the terrorist attacks, the U.S. Customs Office notified NBAA that the General Aviation Telephonic Entry (GATE) program was closed. GATE allowed approved pilots and passengers flying from Canada to the U.S. to give customs advance notice by calling a toll-free number and obtaining a telephonic entry number.
Donald Greene, 52, executive vice president of bizav equipment supplier Safe Flight Instrument and a son of company founder Leonard Greene, was killed on United Airlines Flight 93, the Boeing 757 that was hijacked and crashed in Pennsylvania on September 11.
Valley Oil Company, which distributes fuel to more than 400 FBOs, and Multi Service, an FBO credit-card company, have launched their free online interactive scheduling service.
Citation Excel initial and recurrent pilot training is now available at SimuFlite in Dallas. Training is available as a 14-day initial program or a four-day recurrent course on the company’s new Excel simulator, which received FAA level-D approval in August. The simulator is equipped with Honeywell Primus 1000 avionics, including Primus 880 weather radar. The simulator also features TCAS II and EGPWS.
AeroCourier Group of Minneapolis plans to introduce a low-wing, single-engine turboprop utility airplane that the company claims will have lower acquisition and operating costs and better performance and specifications than the current leader in the category, the Cessna Caravan. The company is also designing a unique LDX container for the airplane that will be stackable and locked together for “easy loading” into industry-standard containers.
Soloy Corp. has begun certification of its Turbine Pac powerplant conversion for the new Cessna 206H. The conversion installs an original Rolls-Royce 250-C20S turboprop in place of the airplane’s Lycoming IO/TIO-542 piston engine. The Olympia, Wash., firm has delivered more than 75 turbine-powered 1977 to 1986 Cessna 206s and 207s under a current certification.
Toronto-based flight simulator maker CAE completed its acquisition of Schreiner Aviation Training of the Netherlands. Schreiner operates 19 simulators located in Europe and the U.S. In April, CAE acquired the former BAE Systems simulation and training division in Tampa, Fla.z
According to research from AvData, Amstat and ARG/US, Cleveland, Ohio-based Flight Options had a share-owner increase of 20.5 percent (from 541 owners to 652 owners) between December 31 last year through June 30 this year, the largest percentage increase of four major fractional aircraft ownership providers (including NetJets, Flexjet and Travel Air). As of last June, Flight Options had a 16-percent share of the owner market.
David Wetherell, the chairman of Boston-based CMGI, and Kittridge Aviation are suing Bombardier and GE over what they allege are “undisclosed dangerous defects” in their new Challenger 604 following two separate in-flight engine failures (left and right engines) within a six-week period.
The FAA has revised the regulations covering temporary flight restrictions by creating a separate set of conditions to cover sporting events and airshows (new FAR 91.145) and revising the existing rules to apply only to disaster and hazard areas (retitled FAR 91.137).