NetJets Europe (NJE) is partnering with Ashish Chordia–CEO of Mumbai-based Shreyans, an importer of luxury goods–to market its fractional aircraft program in India. The fractional provider is making the move because of the “strong economic growth and increasing demand for private jet travel in India,” as well as a 400-percent rise in the number of NetJets Europe flights to and from India over the last four years.
Aviation International News » April 2008
Airbus in late February successfully tested an emissions-free fuel cell in flight. The hydrogen- and oxygen-based fuel cell system generated up to 20 kilowatts of electrical power on an A320 test aircraft, and the output was used to power the aircraft’s electric motor pump for the back-up hydraulic circuit that operates the aircraft’s ailerons.
HondaJet Midwest distributor Des Moines Flying Service plans to open a 5,000-sq-ft showroom and maintenance center at the Aurora (Ill.) Airport in July 2010 for the Honda-built very light jet. The Aurora facility, one of five HondaJet dealerships in North America, will serve 12 Midwestern states.
A 1975 Cessna Citation I (N113SH) that crashed March 4 while taking off from Oklahoma City Wiley Post Airport is reported to have encountered a flock of birds before the accident. Three passengers and two pilots died when the twinjet crashed four miles from the airport.
While the FAA is calling for “significant” continued growth “over time” for commercial aviation, it sees “strong growth in business aviation demand continuing, driven by a growing U.S. and world economy as well as a growing fleet of very light jets (VLJs).”
Among the bits of information flowing from the February 15 bankruptcy of Adam Aircraft Industries is a petition filed by Adam attorney Frances Cetrulo and acting secretary and CFO Christopher Naro warning of an “imminent danger” to the public resulting from the company’s sudden shutdown.
EBAA and NBAA are calling for nominations for the 2008 European Business Aviation Award, which will be presented at EBACE next month. The award was created to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of business aviation in Europe. Send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 20.
Canadian fractional aircraft provider AirSprint last month placed an order for 23 business aircraft worth an estimated $116 million. The order includes three Cessna Citation XLS/XLS+s and three “Next Generation” Pilatus PC-12s to be delivered over the next 24 months, bringing AirSprint’s managed fleet to 27, ten of which will be Citation XL/XLS/XLS+s.
Bombardier’s Challenger 300 and 605 have received type approval from Brazil’s aviation authority, Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil (ANAC). According to Bombardier, the Challenger 300 can fly nonstop from São Paulo to San Juan with eight passengers, and the Challenger 605 can fly nonstop from São Paulo to Miami with eight passengers.
A corporate pilot for a Sugar Land, Texas-based company whose employees were training at FlightSafety West Palm Beach, Fla., was one of several injured when