Reporting on last month’s firing of Harry Stonecipher as president and CEO of Boeing after it was revealed that he was having an extramarital intracompany affair with a female executive, The Wall Street Journal noted, “Fifteen months ago, Chicago-based Boeing brought back its retired president to bolster ethical practices after a string of scandals.” Such a relationship is not barred.
Aviation International News » April 2005
The FBO that Jet Aviation announced last August would open early this year at Kuwait International Airport has been delayed more than a year. Jet Aviation now says construction of the three-story, 13,000-sq-ft executive terminal will begin next month and be operational by the end of next year. “We were planning the construction of the FBO in two phases to allow aircraft handling services in early 2005,” said a spokesman.
Congress granted an additional 30 days (to April 1) for federal security agencies to submit a report on actions that would be required to open Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to general aviation. The report was supposed to have been completed by March 1.
April 8 is the closing day to submit comments on a proposal to permit operations of U.S.-registered aircraft owned by a non-U.S. company to use the options of FAR 91.501 without obtaining a “foreign aircraft permit.” Under existing rules U.S.-registered aircraft are considered foreign-owned when the management and/or board of directors of the corporation are not composed entirely of U.S. citizens.
From a safety perspective, last year was not a good year for the air medical sector. A spate of fatal accidents has led to much media speculation about the safety record of U.S. air ambulances and even the medical benefits of using them so (apparently) freely. It has also further tarnished a deteriorating rate apparent in statistics from previous years.
British investigation authorities implicated a manufacturing defect in the July 16, 2002, crash of a Sikorsky S-76 into the North Sea. Operated by Shell, the helicopter, G-BJVX, was completing a 13-minute leg between two rigs when one rotor blade failed, leading to separation of the entire rotor system. The two crewmembers and nine passengers died in the crash.
Pilatus Aircraft is working with engine supplier Pratt & Whitney Canada and Woodward Governor of Rockford, Ill., to roll out an “aggressive campaign” to retrofit the entire fleet of more than 500 PC-12s with improved fuel control units (FCUs).
Cessna and Gulfstream are positioning themselves to improve sales in India. Cessna said it delivered two Citations and one Caravan to Indian companies last year. Before those deliveries, five Citations were based in India. This year, Cessna plans to deliver two more Citations in India. Meanwhile, Gulfstream named Air Works India at Mumbai International Airport, Bombay, its sales agent for the region.
Aeros Aviation of McKinney, Texas, purchased McKinney Aerospace, a modification and service center also based in McKinney. Aeros Aviation is a new company that has developed in-flight entertainment, airborne communications and high-technology biometric airport security products. Aeros Aviation president Andrew Eros and executive v-p Randy Haler replaced McKinney Aerospace’s former owners, Oscar Smith and David Kitchings.
Westlake Village, Calif.-based Jet Alliance claims to be the first company to offer fractional shares in the Eclipse 500 very light jet. “The technology used to build this aircraft allows us to offer shares at an incredible value,” said v-p Craig Arnold. A one-sixteenth share costs $75,500, with $1,250 per month maintenance charge and $650 per occupied hour fee.