Pentastar Aviation has signed up its first emergency medical services (EMS) customer and is now running all University of Michigan Health System Survival Flight operations. The fleet includes a Citation Encore and three Bell 430s. Pentastar is headquartered at Oakland County International Airport in Waterford, Mich.
Aviation International News » February 2010
At a ceremony held at Westchester County Airport (HPN) in New York, airport administrators and local operator groups announced the 2007 and 2008 winners of the airport’s Spirit of Noise Abatement Awards.
Tenants at Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California are upset that their rental rates keep increasing while the California economy continues to deteriorate, airport businesses close or move away and operations at the airport decline.
In 2008, the FAA issued new rules affecting pilots who fly the remaining fleet of more than 350 Mitsubishi MU-2 twin turboprops.
While military-related products will give a boost to overall aerospace sales this year, the aerospace industry as a whole is likely to run short of momentum next year, according to the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).
Wijet (pronounce Weejet), a start-up company based at Paris Le Bourget Airport, has begun operations under its own air operator’s certificate (AOC) with a Cessna Citation Mustang and is planning to increase the fleet to four by the end of this year. The first commercial flight took place in mid-November, after French civil aviation authorities issued the AOC.
Canadian aircraft management company Air Partners has launched a fractional-share program to capitalize on historically low used aircraft prices. Air Partners is headquartered in Calgary and is a subsidiary of Morgan Air Services, which was founded by WestJet Airlines cofounder Tim Morgan in 1983. In addition to aircraft management, Air Partners offers charter and aircraft maintenance services.
NBAA has added six courses to its professional development program (PDP). The new offerings in the program’s educational lineup satisfy specific module requirements in the association’s certified aircraft manager program and can be completed in three different ways, according to Jay Evans, NBAA’s director of operations.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation’s (ACSF) recently completed review of Part 135 incidents and accidents examines the safety record of the industry from 2004 to 2008. To compile the data, the foundation combed through the NTSB accident database and separated revenue flights from Part 91 events, including maintenance, ferry, positioning and instruction.
Jet Aviation has launched its own charter company after purchasing sole-proprietor charter operator K Services and naming the new charter division Jet Aviation Flight Services.