Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the national public charity that provides free air transportation for cancer patients traveling to treatment by using the empty seats on business aircraft, arranged a record-breaking 242 patient flights in August. This accomplishment follows the record set just a month earlier.
Avolar, a stand-alone subsidiary of UAL Corp. created in March to launch a new business aviation venture, has already acquired three business jets as part of the fractional- ownership core fleet and expects to begin flying this month.
“Business has been very strong, but for all the wrong reasons,” said aircraft purchase broker Drew Callen, president of Boston JetSearch, which is based at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass. “There has been a surge of new inquiries for fractional shares and wholly owned business aircraft of all types. Also, many buyers who were on the fence have decided it’s time to take action.”
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch of the UK’s Department of Transport implicated jet lag and over-the-counter drugs in the crash of Bombardier Challenger 604 N90AG, in Birmingham, England, on Jan. 4, 2002. The failure of the impaired crew, which had taken antihistamines the night before, to have the airplane de-iced before takeoff may have caused the jet’s stall, roll to the left and crash on takeoff, concluded the DoT.
Beyond North America, the global business aviation community has continued to find itself in a state of unsettling flux in the six weeks since September 11’s terrorist attacks. On balance, though, corporate pilots and industry executives gave AIN the strong impression that they preferred their lot to that of their airline counterparts.
In the fallout from September 11, the FAA has placed tight travel restrictions on Part 91 operators flying from the U.S. to overseas destinations, while simultaneously prohibiting most foreign-registered private airplanes from landing at U.S. airports without first gaining clearance from the White House.
B/E Aerospace, which is scheduled to move into its new Miami facilities early next year, recently acquired Denton Jet Interiors, a major supplier of custom upholstery for business jets. The addition of Dallas-based Denton Jet further expands B/E’s presence in the business aircraft seating market with a mid-continent location.
Europe’s JAA issued type certificate recommendations for the Gulfstream IV and Gulfstream IV-SP, essentially endorsing the business jets for approval by the JAA’s 25 member nations. The letter recommending issuance of type certificates came earlier this month. Meanwhile, Gulfstream continues its long-time effort at obtaining JAA certification of its GV.
Facts Aircrew Emergency Procedures Training has purchased Stark Survival. Aircrew training offered by Olympia, Wash.-based Facts is focused primarily on corporate aircraft emergency procedures. Stark also provides emergency training for corporate aircrews and offers fixed-wing and helicopter open-water training for ditching and underwater egress.
Executive Jet named Jim Christiansen vice president of national accounts for its NetJets fractional aircraft ownership program. For the peripatetic bizjet executive the appointment comes as something of a reunion–Christiansen served with Executive Jet back in the early 1980s when EJ was pioneering the concept of professional business jet management. Christiansen recently left TAG Aviation USA, where he was executive vice president and COO.