Flight Display Systems of Alpharetta, Ga., last month won a long-anticipated FAA STC for Ellipse TV, a product that takes a commercial-off-the-shelf satellite television antenna normally found atop SUVs, mobile homes and yachts and makes it available for installation on business jets.
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The twin-engine military-style ATG Javelin might yet survive. According to a statement from the ATG board of directors early last month, the company “has continued to engage in negotiations with its strategic partner and various financial institutions.
The Hawker 750 is now entering service, following FAA certification in February, and thus drops off the In The Works list. The 750 is Hawker Beechcraft’s second recent derivative of the Hawker series; the first was the 900XP, certified last August. The 750 adds a 32-cu-ft heated external baggage compartment by removing the fuselage fuel tank, but still offers NBAA IFR range of 2,116 nm with the standard eight-passenger Hawker cabin.
Adam Aircraft’s suspension of operations on February 11 was followed by a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing on February 15, which means the company will be liquidated. Although Lynn Tilton, CEO of MD Helicopters, suggested at February’s Heli-Expo that her company’s financial backers might be interested in purchasing Adam’s assets, no developments along those lines have taken place.
Freight Feeder Aircraft supplier Metalcraft Technologies restarted production of detail parts for the FF5000 fuselage in February. The first detail parts are formed exterior skins and the machined floor-section keel beams. The FF5000 is a larger version of the original Freight Feeder design and can fit standard M-1-size cargo containers as well as standard-size pallets.
Cessna is adopting “hybrid” fly-by-wire technology to actuate the flight controls on the Citation Columbus, formerly known as the Large Cabin Concept jet. This is Cessna’s first use of fly-by-wire flight controls in a Citation design, and the system combines electronic and mechanical control of flight control actuators.
Very light jet. Super-midsize. Ultra-long-range. Bizliner. These are just some of the colorful names that marketers, analysts and aviation journalists have dreamed up in an attempt to pigeon hole a variety of business jets into more or less clear-cut market niches. But who gets to decide which category best suits a specific aircraft model? And where do the cutoffs lie?
DAE Engineering and Manufacturing is in the maintenance business for the long haul, CEO Rob Mionis told AIN. “We realize a lot has transpired in the past eight months and we’d like to clarify DAE’s position. Our strategy is to find high-quality assets so we can grow through acquisitions and as a result of internal growth.”
For most people, private and commercial aviation are separate experiences and are seldom combined within the same itinerary. Newly launched Jetcombo.com wants to change that. The Web site–the brainchild of online travel industry veterans George Khairallah and Michael Thomas–aims to offer the best features of both industries. “We are the only Web site that can combine airline and charter in a single itinerary,” claims Khairallah.
Farnborough, UK-based business aircraft operations company Gama Holdings purchased PrivatAir Inc., the U.S. division of PrivatAir Group, on February 29 for
an undisclosed sum. Gama also bought 25 percent of charter operator Flight Services Group (FSG), which provides charter services to the former U.S. PrivatAir management clients.