Rising oil prices and Europe’s ban on Soviet-era airliners have created a new market for western business jets in Russia. Russian businessmen have purchased a considerable number of western aircraft in the past two years.
How many in-flight engine shutdowns have you had in your career? For the crew of a General Electric CF34-powered Challenger 604 owned by David Wetherell, the answer would be two. One per engine, over a five-week period, in a brand-new aircraft with about 100 hr TT.
People become packrats because they believe it never fails that they will need something the day after they’ve discarded it. Then one day they look at the bulging file cabinets and closets and decide to purge everything. Unfortunately, neither extreme is a good idea.
In recent years, much has been made of the potential danger presented by the recirculation of aircraft cabin air that may be bearing viruses and bacteria.
UK-based Microgenix now says it has an answer that is close to 100-percent effective against harmful viruses and bacteria, has no moving parts and is light in weight and low in cost.
Man doth not live by flight hours alone. For many of us in today’s flying world, something’s amiss. It might be peace of mind or a sense of purpose outside of flying airplanes. I see it as loss of soul.
Even as interest in business aircraft grows following the September 11 terrorist attacks, some corporate flight departments continue to face closure. Among them is that of FMC Corp., a 117-year-old, highly diversified Chicago-based company that has operated a fleet of business aircraft for more than 50 years.
When Steven Santo announced the creation of a fractional ownership program with an aircraft fleet consisting solely of Italian-built Avanti turboprop twins, some reacted to the news with skepticism. The economy was entering a recession, they said, and the airplane itself had never sold well.
Now the skeptics are silent, and Santo typically shows up for work with the smile of a man well satisfied with his lot in life.
“I am stunned by the salary demands of some minimally qualified pilots,” Scott Swain, chief pilot for KBH Corp. in Clarksdale, Miss., told AIN. “I’m familiar with what the salary surveys say for copilots, but they include experienced people in the averages.
It was 4:45 p.m. on the back nine of a long day. Frankly, I was a bit concerned that I’d embarrass myself taking the King Schools online RVSM pilot’s training course. The $199 course meets FAA requirements for the crew training portion of RVSM certification. John King told me that I should be able to complete it in an hour or less,
but I was skeptical.
Since September 11, a growing number of countries are requiring that aircraft overflying or landing at their respective airports carry war-risk insurance.