Jeppesen’s BBJ VIP Plus Program is a new bundled pricing package intended solely for operators of Boeing Business Jets. Under the program, BBJ operators have access to special pricing for fuel, international handling and planning, electronic and manual charting services and moving-map technology. Information is available at (408) 866-7611. There are currently more than 60 BBJs in service.
Aviation International News » August 2003
The recent validation by Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities of the Gulfstream 300 and 400 enables these business jets to receive JAA-approved certification by, and be registered in, any of the 37 JAA-member countries. Gulfstream expects JAA validation of the G500 and G550 by year-end. Meanwhile, the company also received JAA validation to work on European-registered G300s and 400s at its new service center at London Luton Airport.
Nearly three years after publication of an interim rule, the NTSB has published the final rules of the so-called “Hoover Law.” Although there are a couple of significant changes, the “final rule continues to be stacked in the FAA’s favor and against airmen,” according to the summer 2003 issue of the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association Journal.
Flight Safety Technologies of Mystic, Conn., is developing two hazardous warning systems–Socrates and Unicorn. Its Socrates wake-vortex detection and tracking technology is slated to be tested for a month at Denver International Airport starting August 15. Unicorn is a collision avoidance system designed particularly to prevent midairs between piloted airplanes and government-operated unmanned aerial vehicles.
Dassault, which earlier this year disclosed it would cut production to between 50 and 60 Falcons this year, said at the Paris Air Show in June that the number will actually be “about 50.” It also plans to reduce production even further next year, to about 48 business jets. Dassault delivered 66 Falcons last year, down from a record 75 in 2001.
Operators using the VFR transition route through the Los Angeles Class B airspace can expect a Christmas gift from the FAA in the form of AOPA-backed improvements to the safety and efficiency of the routing. The changes, which become effective on December 25, include modifying the northern boundary of the transition area to align it with Class B airspace revisions that were adopted five years ago.
Italian government investment group Sviluppo Italia has bought a 20-percent stake in Piaggio Aero Industries for $20 million ($22.4 million). At the same time, the Italian airframer’s existing private shareholders have injected a further $15 million ($16.8 million) in fresh capital to fund new product development and increased manufacturing capacity.
A wrongful-death lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by the families of three of the 15 passengers killed in the crash of a Gulfstream III attempting to land at Aspen, Colo., on March 29, 2001, was settled last month, completing litigation surrounding this accident. All the other cases brought by the families of the other victims had been settled, according to the defendants’ attorney.
The Chicago Park District board of directors has voted unanimously to proceed with demolition of Chicago Meigs Field. The board, all appointees of mayor Richard Daley, refused to defer the decision even a few weeks to allow the Friends of Meigs Field to present a plan that would reopen the airport as a combined park and airport.
Textron, the parent company of both Bell Helicopter and Cessna Aircraft, reported overall revenues of $2.6 billion for the second quarter, down from $2.8 billion in the same period last year. The company noted that higher revenues at Bell, as well as at its Fastening Systems and Industrial and Finance segments, were offset by lower revenues at Cessna. Cessna revenues and profits decreased $282 million and $55 million respectively.