Flight services specialist Universal Weather & Aviation selected Air Chef as the preferred business aviation caterer for its clients at four U.S. locations: Dallas and Austin, Texas; Washington, D.C.; and South Florida. Columbus, Ohio-based Air Chef provides training and standardized menus to approved kitchens at 15 locations nationwide and expects to add another 20 locations by the end of the year.
Aviation International News » April 2003
None of the 34 accidents that befell FAR Part 121 scheduled airlines last year resulted in fatalities, according to NTSB preliminary statistics. In 2001 there were some 266 fatalities involving U.S. airlines (excluding another 265 resulting from the 9/11 hijackings). There were 58 air-taxi accidents last year, down from 72 in 2001, resulting in 33 fatalities compared with 60 in 2001.
Ground test runs started last month on the 4,900-pound-thrust TFE731-50, Honeywell’s newest business jet engine. The engine, featuring integrated nacelle and thrust-reverser systems, produced more than 5,000 pounds of thrust in a test cell on its first run, the company said. The engine is scheduled to begin flight testing on Honeywell’s Falcon 20 this summer.
As he does every year in his annual report, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett gave his frank and folksy description of how his company’s many holdings performed in the previous year, including FlightSafety International and NetJets.
Early last month–while Bombardier’s business jet production was closed for a four-month plant shutdown in response to dropping sales and deliveries, and following on the heels of the announcement of a plan that will lay off 3,000 employees–a bit of good news broke through the gloom. The first Global 5000 entered flight-test after completing its maiden voyage on March 7.
Bombardier Aerospace has launched Skyjet Europe, in which customers are charged a fixed hourly rate only for the hours flown with no positioning costs. As a result, customers can expect to pay the same price for journeys of the same length, regardless of their point of departure and destination.
There is too little business-aircraft training capacity in Europe, according to a European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) survey. “More training, simulators and training availability on [more] aircraft types are required,” based on input from 48 operators employing 774 pilots holding 803 type ratings and flying 244 aircraft.
Britain’s Marshall Aerospace ended its role as factory-authorized service centers for Bombardier and Gulfstream. The Cambridge-based firm decided to focus its maintenance, repair and overhaul work on Cessna Citations, for which it is also an authorized service center.
Nimbus Group, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. firm that had until recently maintained its intention of buying very light jets to establish a nationwide air-taxi service, named Dr. Michael Wellikoff chairman and interim CEO. Wellikoff, a dentist, replaced Ilia Lekach, under whom the company last year failed to obtain financing to complete a highly promoted purchase of 1,000 Eclipse 500 very light twinjets.
New Jersey issued an order last month that requires aircraft “parked or stored” for more than 24 hours in the state be secured by at least two locks. A state spokesman said the order applies to all general aviation aircraft not in a locked hangar. In addition to locking doors, acceptable locks include those for propellers, magnetos, wheels and throttles.