Aviation International News » April 2004

March 29, 2007 - 7:03am

Two pilots and two other crewmembers were killed when their UC-35, a military version of the Citation 560, crashed and caught fire March 10 about half a mile short of the runway while on the approach to Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego. Reported visibility was five miles in mist. The crew was returning from a “proficiency training” mission intended to help them maintain their flying skills.

March 29, 2007 - 7:01am

The NTSB is investigating crew-duty times, crew performance, crew training and aircraft maintenance issues in connection with the February 20 accident in which a Skylink Jets Learjet 25B, N24RZ, overran the runway and hit a building while landing at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, Fla. Of the four people on board, only the two pilots received injuries.

March 29, 2007 - 7:00am

Between March 15 and May 15, Gulfstream is reducing the price of parts to match those of competitors. Under the “Meet the Quote” program, if a part costs less than Gulfstream’s list price for the same part in “comparable condition, age and warranty terms,” Gulfstream will match the lower price. In the last two years the company said it has “significantly reduced” parts pricing.

March 28, 2007 - 12:37pm

Between March 15 and May 15, Gulfstream is reducing the price of parts to match those of competitors. Under the “Meet the Quote” program, if a part costs less than Gulfstream’s list price for the same part in “comparable condition, age and warranty terms,” Gulfstream will match the lower price. In the last two years the company said it has “significantly reduced” parts pricing.

March 28, 2007 - 12:36pm

Taylor Madison Corp. is the new name for the former Nimbus Group, the cosmetics and perfume company that until early last year maintained its intention of buying 1,000 Eclipse very light jets to establish a nationwide air-taxi service under a subsidiary called Nimbus Jets. The new company will dispose of the Nimbus Jets trademarks, trade names and Web-site domain name.

March 28, 2007 - 12:35pm

Aircraft Shopper Online (www.aso.com) introduced a feature last month that lets buyers search by region for aircraft listed for sale. In addition to the Americas, regions are provided in Europe, Asia, Australia, Oceana and Africa. Specific locations within these regions can be selected. To further narrow down the search area, users can click on a search radius within each location selected.

March 28, 2007 - 12:34pm

A scheduled mediation session failed to settle a lawsuit in which former Raytheon Travel Air pilots allege they were fired because of their union-organizing activities when the company merged with Flight Options. The case is now set to go to trial on May 11. The pilots filed the lawsuit in late 2002. Court records show that the four pilots suing Flight Options are Thomas Bowden, William Brunet, Thomas Jeter and William Tumlin.

March 28, 2007 - 12:33pm

An upgrade to the General Electric J85 engine in U.S. Air Force T-38 trainers has led a Denison, Texas firm to launch a “total upgrade” for Learjet 23s, 24s and 25s, whose GE CJ610 powerplants are a civilian version of the J85 military engine. The program is being offered by Best Jets, a new company established by the owners of Best AeroNet fuel brokers at Grayson County Airport.

March 28, 2007 - 12:31pm

The Global 5000, billed by Bombardier as “the world’s fastest” intercontinental super-large business jet, received full type approval from Transport Canada late last month, clearing the way for first deliveries of green production aircraft to begin this spring.

March 28, 2007 - 12:30pm

Lack of critical single-engine speed and distance data from manufacturers makes the FAA’s proposal to establish extended twin-engine operations (ETOPS) thresholds for Part 135 operators unworkable, according to comments submitted by NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association.

 
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