Executive charter firm Empire Aviation has started operating a pair of Cessna 208 Grand Caravans on scheduled flights connecting Abu Dhabi International Airport with a new upscale resort on Sir Bani Yas Island in the Arabian Gulf.
Aviation International News » February 2009
Dassault early last month confirmed to AIN that the Falcon 2000LX, a winglet-equipped 2000EX, is slated for certification next month, following several delays. Certification flights with FAA and EASA pilots were scheduled to begin on a development aircraft in Tucson, Ariz., last month.
John Winant, 85, president of NBAA from 1971 to 1986 and a “critical player
The formal obituaries on the death of John Winant recount his education, occupational history, achievements and awards but say little about the kind of man John was. Perhaps I can add a human-interest factor based on having worked with and for John for 13 years as a member of the NBAA staff.
Despite reports indicating that operators were flying less in 2008, the number of business aircraft accidents increased from the previous year, according to year-end statistics compiled by Boca Raton, Fla.-based aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.
Former Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.), who retired in December at the end of his seventh term in Congress, has been confirmed to serve as secretary of transportation in President Obama’s Administration, making him the second Republican (after Defense Secretary Robert Gates) to sit in his Cabinet.
Dassault Falcon Service has expanded its maintenance facility at Paris Le Bourget Airport. The 10-month project has resulted in the addition of 41,000 sq ft of hangar space to accommodate four Falcon 7Xs or seven Falcon 900s simultaneously, and another 9,000 sq ft of office and warehouse space.
Duncan Aviation has added a new satellite avionics facility at Hill Aircraft and Leasing at Atlanta Fulton County Airport. Edduyn Pita, a 15-year Duncan employee, will manage the new satellite shop.
A DOT Office of Inspector General audit found that while the FAA is investing billions of dollars in new technology, it hasn’t kept up with facilities needed for ATC activities. According to the audit, “The FAA is encountering maintenance problems at several facilities due to its previous, decentralized approach to facility maintenance and its lack of a structured process for funding recurring maintenance.”
European low-cost air-taxi pioneer Blink has taken delivery of three more Cessna Citation Mustangs. It now has four of the very light jets in service and another 26 on order, with five more due to arrive by October. Blink’s contract with Cessna calls for a total of 45 Mustangs. The company has confirmed that the first 30 of these are firm orders that will be delivered by the end of 2011.