Delta AirElite Business Jets is celebrating its 20th year of business aircraft charter and management, and remains the only business jet provider owned by a major airline. The Cincinnati-based company has been in business since 1984, originally as part of regional airline carrier Comair and then as a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines following its acquisition of Comair in January 2000.
Aviation International News » April 2004
A workshop to provide guidance on what to do in the event of a serious aircraft accident or incident is scheduled in Atlanta on April 20 and 21. The program will be presented by NBAA and The VanAllen Group, an Atlanta-based business aviation consulting firm.
More than 1,000 Falcon operators are expected to attend Dassault’s 25th maintenance and operations seminar June 13 to 15 in Boca Raton, Fla. To expedite registration for the event and make hotel reservations, Falcon operators can go to www.cvent.com, click the “RSVP for event” tab and enter the event code contained in invitation packages previously mailed to all known Falcon operators.
Safire Aircraft said the price of its new six-place, twin-turbofan Safire Jet will increase to $1.495 million for new orders placed after the prototype flies later this year. The current price is $1.395 million. The aircraft, scheduled for certification in early 2006, will be powered by two Williams International FJ33-4A11s rated at 1,100 pounds of thrust each.
Air East filed an appeal with the NTSB over the emergency revocation of its Part 135 certificate on March 8, grounding the Farmingdale, N.Y. charter operator. The action followed a 34-day FAA investigation of the company prompted by a fatal crash last August 4 of one of its Learjets in Groton, Conn.
Demand for large business jets is growing in the European executive charter market, according to the latest statistics from online charter booking service Avinode. According to the Gothenburg, Sweden-based company, large jets accounted for 29 percent of all requests in December, up from 17 percent in July.
Those who operate N-registered business aircraft in Europe know how well off we are in the U.S. Aside from a multitude of flight information regions under the jurisdiction of different countries, Eurocontrol charges and airport restrictions, there is simply a different attitude toward business aviation in Europe compared with the U.S.
New Mexico’s license plates proclaim it to be the “Land of Enchantment.” And a growing number of business aircraft manufacturers are enchanted with New Mexico’s efforts toward becoming an “aviation cluster” of airframe manufacturers and supporting businesses.
Eclipse Aviation is committed to becoming, in the words of its founder, president and CEO, Vern Raburn, “The Ford Motor Company of business aviation.” To that end, it plans to attain an annual production capacity of 1,500 Eclipse 500 very light jets by 2009, using advances in production technology reminiscent of the mass-production assembly line and interchangeable parts innovations with which Henry Ford revolutionized the automobile industry
Oakland, Calif.-based Sierra Academy of Aeronautics, formerly an independently owned and operated fixed-wing, helicopter and maintenance training school that closed its doors in December, has reopened on a much smaller scale by its new owners. KS Aviation, a flight school in Stockton, Calif., acquired 38-year-old Sierra Academy and reopened the school for fixed-wing ab initio through ATP training.