XJet Club broke ground late last month for its 100,000-sq-ft facility at Centennial Airport near Denver. The XJet Club concept combines aircraft and lifestyle services tied together through what XJet describes as its aggregate purchasing power and economies of scale. The company expects the plan to lower fixed and recurring costs related to jet ownership.
Aviation International News » December 2005
The European Commission (EC) is moving quickly to extend the responsibilities of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to cover pilot licensing, aircraft operations and oversight of third-country airlines.
When my boss told me, “We have a possible trip to India,” I was ambivalent about the prospect. I had been to a few exotic places around the world when I worked for a larger flight department, but I was with a smaller operation now. We went to Europe only occasionally. I would be doing my own dispatching. Of course, we would use a handling agent, but for the most part all the decisions would be mine.
As demand for commercial air travel increases in India, business aviation entrepreneurs are clamoring for position in a classic chicken-and-egg scenario. Those who will be successful must make an early entry into the market, but they are severely limited in their ability to operate because the infrastructure to support general aviation is still being developed.
Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht e.V.–German Air Rescue (DRF), headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, has been specializing in airborne emergency care and medical aid for more than 30 years. Founded by the Björn Steiger Foundation in 1972, DRF has become one of the leading air rescue services in Europe, providing both primary (emergency) and secondary (patient transport) rescue service from 32 bases of operations throughout the continent.
A call comes in to operations: a young American woman vacationing on a dive boat in the Caribbean is suffering from serious burns after a fire broke out on board the vessel. Her passport and all documents were lost in the accident, and she needs to be repatriated to the U.S. for medical attention–fast.
“We do many things for the industry throughout the year, but this is the one that makes me the most proud,” said James Hoblyn, v-p of Bombardier’s business aircraft division, during his opening remarks at the 2005 Safety Standdown held recently in Wichita. This year marked the Standdown’s ninth year, and the sixth year since it was opened to corporate pilots outside of Bombardier. “Safety Standdown continues to grow in size and reputation.
ellers of used turboprops, many of whom AIN contacted at last month’s NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., generally remain optimistic that the turnaround that began last year will continue well into next year.
Looking back on the past year, no one could have predicted just how active the pre-owned market would be. While the last quarter’s final tally is pending, sales transactions for the previous three quarters suggest that this year’s totals are on a trajectory that will likely eclipse each of the year-end totals for the previous five years.
The upgrade parade that has been a hallmark of recent NBAA Conventions continued to march along pretty much unabated at last month’s show in Orlando, Fla., where no fewer than seven new models made triumphant debut appearances, but only one entirely new airplane bowed in–and it was a very light jet (VLJ) from a start-up company few people had ever heard of before the show.