A proposed noise-compatibility program for Southwest Florida Airport in Fort Myers is under review by the FAA. Comments are due January 31. For more information, contact the FAA at (407) 812-6331.
Aviation International News » January 2006
Charter operator AirNet Systems has expressed “disappointment” at failing to reach a merger agreement with an undisclosed private-equity firm. The firm said it will now focus on “continuing to operate as an independent company,” although it remains open to offers from a “qualified potential acquirer.” Columbus, Ohio-based AirNet operates some 130 business aircraft in passenger charter and small-package delivery operations.
The Guthrie, Okla. Industrial Development Authority is giving Excel-Jet, developer of the four-seat Sport-Jet single-engine very light jet (VLJ), up to $5 million in incentives to relocate its facility from Colorado Springs, Colo., to Guthrie. Excel-Jet plans to move within 90 to 120 days, shortly after the expected first flight of its VLJ.
Europe’s top court has upheld the European Commission’s July 2001 block on a $45 billion merger between Honeywell and General Electric. Both Honeywell and GE have stated that they have no intention of trying to restart the merger, which was first proposed more than four years ago. GE said that its only motivation for appealing the EC decision was to challenge certain legal aspects of the case.
Using what is becoming a popular method of escaping from French jails, three convicts broke out of prison and escaped on a hijacked helicopter on December 11. Two armed men hijacked the AStar in Albertville and forced the pilot to fly to the prison, about 10 minutes away. The helicopter landed in a courtyard and three prisoners clambered aboard.
Another penalty has been assessed against Darby Aviation, one of several operators involved in the crash of a Challenger 600 at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport on February 2. Doing business as AlphaJet International, the Muscle Shoals, Ala.
As Piaggio Aero’s new Avanti II entered production last month, the company also announced it is increasing production to meet growing demand for the turboprop twin, but will it be enough?
UK Corporate Jet Services, parent company of Southampton-based executive charter operator Club328, has purchased bankrupt regional aircraft manufacturer AvCraft Aerospace. The new owner will not be resuming aircraft production, but will instead run the former property of U.S. support and completions firm AvCraft Aviation as a support organization for existing Dornier 328 operators under the name 328 Support Services.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has certified BAE Systems’ Matador infrared heat-seeking missile jamming system for fixed-wing aircraft as an approved product for national defense. Currently the system is the only one of its kind to receive DHS approval. The Matador system has been installed in a number of corporate jets since it received FAA certification in 1987.
FBO Western Aircraft of Boise, Idaho, early last month celebrated delivering its 100th PC-12. The Pilatus Business Aircraft distributor delivered the new turboprop single to Butler Machinery. Boulder, Colo.-based Pilatus Business Aircraft, a subsidiary of Pilatus Aircraft in Switzerland, said the delivery brings the PC-12 worldwide fleet to 583 aircraft since the type entered service in 1994.