Embraer, which unveiled a new very light jet (VLJ) and a new light jet in May, sees a market for 2,515 VLJs between next year and 2015 and projects slightly less demand– 1,755–for light jets during the same period.
Cessna 208B Caravan, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, April 12, 2005–On a flight from Vieques, Puerto Rico, to San Juan, Caravan N1241X experienced a total loss of engine power about 20 minutes after takeoff. The pilot landed at Roosevelt Roads Naval Station. The U.S.-registered airplane is owned by First Bank of Hazelwood, Mo., and was being operated by MN Aviation, San Juan, as a Part 135 scheduled domestic passenger flight.
It’s an unusual fact that, unlike just about any other marketable items, very light jets (VLJs), alcohol and tobacco share one unique characteristic. Even if you have the money, the seller can refuse to sell them to you if you’re not qualified. What’s more, those qualifications are all based on time, measured in years for would-be drinkers and smokers, and in left-seat hours for would-be VLJ pilots. Of course, this is as it should be.
Boundary Layer Research, the Everett, Wash., company that developed winglets for the Beech Duke some 10 years ago, is now designing winglets for King Air 200s and 300s, but more engineering work than originally planned will delay certification about three months, or to the first quarter of next year, according to company president Bob Desroche.
Jet Aviation, in cooperation with Kuwait-based partner United Projects, plans to open an FBO at Kuwait In-ternational Airport early next year. The facility, which will become fully operational in mid-2006, will offer private aircraft handling services, line maintenance and hangar storage.
In the rating codes chart in AIN’s 2004 product support survey (August, page 20), the overall average shown for Honeywell (Allied Signal/Textron Lycoming) turbofan engines should be 5.592. The value is incorrectly given as 6.592. Also, the overall average for Turbomeca turboprop/turboshaft engines should be 5.771. It is incorrectly given as 6.771.
Curtis Pitts, creator of the popular aerobatic biplane known as the Pitts Special, died June 10 from complications from a heart valve replacement. He was 89. In 1945 Pitts built the first in a line of aircraft that dominated aerobatic competition in the 1960s and 1970s.
Now that US Airways and America West Airlines have officially announced their intention to merge, the question of what will happen with the various regional airlines that fly under those airlines’ codes seems a logical one. But to answer it requires insight into any changes in store for the two majors’ own route structures, details of which remain sketchy.
Landmark Aviation celebrated the opening of a new hangar addition to its Roanoke, Va. FBO on September 20. The $1.5 million hangar encloses 18,000 sq ft and will be used for aircraft storage. The FBO now has a total of 125,000 sq ft of storage space, according to Karen Roberts, FBO general manager. It also houses a Landmark aircraft sales and charter operation.
Well behind many other regions, and more than 10 years after initial proposals, Europe is about to rule on proposed commercial single-turbine-engine flights at night or in instrument meteorological conditions (SEIMC operations, roughly equivalent to flights under U.S.