Aviation International News » August 2008

July 29, 2008 - 9:26am

Hawker Beechcraft late last month completed the sale of the majority of its wholly owned fuel and line operations to Signature Flight Support parent company BBA Aviation. The transaction included operations in Atlanta; Houston and San Antonio, Texas; Indianapolis; Tampa, Fla.; Wichita; and Van Nuys, Calif. Hawker Beechcraft will retain its factory-owned maintenance and customer support facilities located at these locations.

July 29, 2008 - 9:12am

Eclipse Aviation in late June received flight into known icing (FIKI) approval for the Eclipse 500, though in-service and undelivered aircraft up to S/N 265 will require modifications to fly in such conditions.

July 29, 2008 - 9:06am

Duluth, Minn.-based Cirrus Design flew its jet, now called the Vision SJ50, for the first time on July 3. The Williams FJ33-4A-19-powered prototype, under the control of test pilot Tim Berg, lifted off from Duluth International Airport and flew for 45 minutes before landing back at the airport.

The company expected to bring the flying prototype to last month’s EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis.

July 25, 2008 - 10:04am

Cash-flow problems at Sentient Jet Holdings, parent of charter, management and jet card firm Sentient Flight Group, have led to a leadership change at the company and an influx of funds to help the company catch up on delayed payments to vendors. On July 9, Sentient announced that Gregory Campbell was taking over as CEO and that former CEO Steven Hankin would be moved to an advisory role at the company.