Aviation International News » August 2008

July 30, 2008 - 6:13am

Back before the Iowa primary, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain spent
lots of time rolling around that state on campaign busses. But with the clock ticking toward election day and much bigger terrain to cover, both presumptive presidential nominees have long since turned mostly to business jet travel.

July 30, 2008 - 6:12am

Analysts at last year’s Corporate Aircraft Transactions conference agreed that the business jet market was “extremely strong” at the time, but they also expressed doubt that the boom would continue indefinitely. “There are signs that concern us,” said David Strauss, executive director, U.S. aerospace and defense senior analyst for UBS Investment Research. “We’re uncertain how much higher the market can go.”

July 30, 2008 - 5:53am

Cessna last month said it is about a month away from delivering the 100th Citation Mustang, since deliveries began in December 2006. The company reports that more than half of the in-service very light jets are in the hands of international owners and operators. Last year, Cessna shipped 45 Mustangs and it expects to deliver 100 this year, 60 of them slated for international customers.

July 30, 2008 - 5:53am

Another company has launched a bid in the crowded single-engine jet field. Stratos Aircraft of Bend, Ore., has launched the Stratos 714, which it claims will outperform single-engine jets from Cirrus Design, Diamond Aircraft, Eclipse Aviation, Piper Aircraft and even most twin-engine very light jets.

July 30, 2008 - 5:51am

Cutter Aviation has been designated the preferred FBO by fractional provider Bombardier Flexjet. The designation applies to all six of the FBO chain’s locations–Phoenix Sky Harbor and Deer Valley Airports; Albuquerque International Sunport; El Paso (Texas) International Airport; Dallas Executive Airport; and Collin County Regional Airport in McKinney, Texas.

July 30, 2008 - 5:48am

Cleveland-based Flight Options came full circle late last month when it named company founder Kenn Ricci chairman, ending months of speculation that he would again take the helm of the fractional provider. In addition, Flight Options appointed Mike Silvestro the new CEO, replacing former chief executive S. Michael Scheeringa, who will remain an investor in Flight Options and a “strategic advisor at the board level,” a spokesman said.

July 30, 2008 - 5:46am

It has been 12 years since Trans World Airlines experienced the loss of a 747 that had departed JFK airport bound for Paris. All 230 passengers and crew onboard TWA Flight 800 lost their lives on that hot July day in 1996.

July 30, 2008 - 5:43am

Aviation has an image problem in this age of climate change as a major contributor of CO2, even if the reality is that as a CO2 producer the segment is responsible for just 3 percent of greenhouse gases (GHGs) globally.

July 30, 2008 - 5:39am

Fort Worth, Texas-based Trimec Aviation grew out of a partnership among three classmates in an A&P program to become the only shop dedicated exclusively to providing service for the Westwind.

July 30, 2008 - 5:38am

Following successful tests at Dallas/Fort Worth and San Diego International Airports, acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell announced that runway status lights will be installed at 20 more major airports over the next three years. The in-pavement stoplights are automated, surveillance-driven lights that alert pilots of aircraft departing or crossing a runway that it is already occupied and active.