The first customer-owned very light jet to sustain major damage, Cessna Citation Mustang S/N 049, returned to service on February 29 some two months after suffering the collapse of its left fuel tank and two broken wing ribs while on a ferry flight. According to the FAA, the twinjet received “substantial damage” during the December 19 flight from Cessna’s Independence, Kan.
Aviation International News » April 2008
The 19th annual Women in Aviation International (WAI) conference drew a record number of civilian and military attendees to San Diego last month, prompting WAI president Dr. Peggy Chabrian to call the event “one of the most exhilarating and successful conferences we’ve had.” More than 250 of the 3,320 participants were military members, which broke all previous records for military participation as well as total conference attendance.
The Aviation Industry Expo took on a new flavor this year, with the AMTSociety providing the maintenance-related content and joining the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), which was in Dallas with its second annual FBO Leadership Conference.
With production of its new Phenom 100 very light jet starting this month, Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has served notice that its goal of becoming a major player in the business aviation industry is no flight of fancy.
Executive charter group Air Partner has received approval to build a 175,000-sq-ft business aviation enclave at London Biggin Hill Airport. The $14 million development will house its own charter fleet and accommodate aircraft, crew and passengers of other operators. The construction work will be complete by the end of next year, but the company will start marketing the space next month.
While many believe that the FAA will not have a new Administrator until after the next President takes office, the ranking Republican on the House Transportation Committee has been blasting Democrats for blocking the confirmation of acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell to assume the post for a full five-year term.
The two U.S. pilots–Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino–involved in a fatal midair between an ExcelAire Legacy 600 and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 above the Amazon jungle in September 2006 will be allowed to testify in a criminal trial from the U.S.
Paul Touw had barely finished high school when his entrepreneurial spirit started paying dividends. Enrolled at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., and short on tuition funds, he noticed that the physics department lacked good lab books.
Two violations of the Washington, D.C., air defense identification zone (ADIZ) within a week last month prompted two general aviation organizations to remind pilots to refamiliarize themselves with the restricted airspace.
On March 5 the pilot of a King Air allegedly canceled IFR at 14,500 feet. He might have thought he was above Class B airspace and clear of restricted airspace, but the ADIZ extends up to 18,000 feet.
It seems that not a week goes by without an FBO company announcing either the acquisition of more FBOs or a one-FBO company buying half a dozen more FBOs to establish its own growing chain. Witness, for example, Volo Aviation’s rapid accumulation of five bases, when just last year the company had one FBO to supplement its primary charter business.