As unclear as Flight Options’ future is, the situation at Flexjet is even less defined at this time. According to industry sources, a “significant” deal is pending that would involve the assets of Flexjet and charter operator Delta AirElite Business Jets. An announcement could come as early as this month.
Aviation International News » February 2003
Statistics compiled by Aviation Information Resources (AIR) of Atlanta show a decrease in pilots hired by fractional providers from a peak of 1,363 in 2000 to 1,038 in 2001 to 997 last year, a drop in hiring of 27 percent over the three-year period. But the fractionals didn’t fare as poorly as other airline segments tracked by AIR. For example, the major airlines hired 4,779 pilots in 2000, 3,318 in 2001 and only 549 last year.
Philip Spayd, Northeast regional director for U.S. Customs, has high hopes for the success of the sweeping new Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He recently told the Connecticut Business Aviation Group, “Keep your eye on it. It’s going to move fast and it is going to affect you.”
While the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and NBAA continue to work on a security protocol demonstration at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport–which could become a nationwide blueprint for airport and airspace access–the agency is taking further steps to implement the Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP).
Bristow Helicopters’ insurance companies have started legal action against Sikorsky Aircraft over the July 16, 2002 crash of an S-76A in the UK sector of the North Sea. The aircraft crashed as it was approaching Shell UK’s Santa Fe Monarch drilling rig in its Leman gas field, 45 miles north of Lowestoft. All 11 people on board were killed in the accident, which occurred at 7:44 p.m.
The first question to Marc Paganini, freshly appointed CEO of American Eurocopter (AEC), is the obvious one. And he answers with a grin: “No, I’m no relation to that other Paganini. I wish I were…” He was referring to 18th-century virtuoso violinist and composer Nicolo Paganini, famed throughout Europe in his day as a performer so hypnotically frenetic that ladies in his audiences swooned.
In 1965, Indonesian president Sukarno characterized the tumultuous (he was overthrown) political period to come as “The Year of Living Dangerously,” the title of his annual state-of-the-nation address.
To reduce to its essence a recent interview with HAI president Roy Resavage, one might characterize the 12 months since the last HAI Heli-Expo as “The Year in Which Survival Was Its Own Form of Victory.”
A well known name is returning to British skies with creation of a new rotorcraft operation to support North Sea oil and gas exploration and production activity. The name is Bond, Bond Offshore Helicopters (BOH), and it will be licensed to fly.
In a decision directly in opposition to an earlier conclusion by the NTSB, a federal court jury in Kentucky has found Goodrich Avionics completely liable for the June 1999 crash of a University of Kentucky aeromedically configured Sikorsky S-76. Killed were pilot Donald Greene and three other crewmembers.
In a bid to rejuvenate its sales, Enstrom Helicopter is beefing up its sales and marketing efforts with a newly established network of 11 dealers in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to a revamped roster of 14 international dealers. The announcement was made by Enstrom president Steve Daniels, who began interviewing and contracting with dealers in August not long after he took over the Menominee, Mich.-based manufacturer.