Delta Airlines’ Comair Jet Express, hoping to expand its global presence as an on-demand charter and aircraft management provider, has changed its name to Delta AirElite Business Jets.
FlightSafety International disclosed the initial selection of simulators to be installed next year at the company’s new training center in Farnborough, England, now under construction. The facility, scheduled to open early next year, will initially provide pilot training for the King Air 200, Citation CJ2, Citation Bravo, Gulfstream IV and Hawker 800XP.
Recently established Marquis Jet Partners of New York City has purchased shares in several NetJets’ fractional-ownership aircraft and is marketing prepaid, 25-hr block-charter times to Marquis card holders on these aircraft, which will be operated by NetJets under its Part 135 certificate. Aircraft initially in the program include the Citation X, Ultra, and Excel, the Hawker 800XP and the Falcon 2000.
No one connected with Texas charter operator Addison Express was arrested or otherwise implicated in connection with an early-August drug bust by federal agents, in which three Learjets operated by the company were seized, according to company owner Dale Griffin (AIN, September, page 8).
The NTSB last month issued a probable cause for the crash of
a Colgan Air Beech 1900 that killed two pilots during a ferry
The World Trade Organization ruled that $1.13 billion in low-interest loans issued through Canada’s Export Development Corp. to support the sale of 51 Canadair Regional Jets to Appleton, Wis.-based Air Wisconsin constitutes an illegal government subsidy. An interim WTO report, issued last month in response to a formal protest by the government of Brazil, calls for the withdrawal of the loans.
Sixteen RNAV standard instrument departure (SID) procedures go into effect October 12 for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). The FAA is expanding RNAV SIDs from use in Las Vegas, where they were first introduced in 2002, to the rest
of the National Airspace System, starting with DFW. For more information, visit www.avn.faa.gov/acifp.asp.
Washington, D.C.-based private-equity firm The Carlyle Group last month completed the acquisition of Garrett Aviation Services from General Electric. Frank Klaus has been named president and chief executive officer of the newly created joint company of Carlyle subsidiaries Garrett Aviation Services, Piedmont Hawthorne Aviation and Associated Air Center.
Simcom Training Centers last month opened a 67,000-sq-ft facility adjacent to Florida’s Orlando International Airport. The new building has space to install additional simulators and training devices beyond the initial ones for the Citation II, Learjet 35/36, Hawker 800XP, TBM 700, Pilatus PC-12 and Piper Meridian. Simcom currently offers training programs on Citations and Learjets at its parent training facility in Miami.
Raytheon Aircraft chairman and CEO Jim Schuster revealed an interim management team, the company’s second major leadership reorganization in six months (AIN, August, page 1). The actions follow a decrease in sales and deliveries in the third quarter. Brad Hatt, the former v-p of global GA sales, is the new acting v-p of aircraft business, replacing Richard Danforth.