Spokane, Wash.-based Rocket Engineering is developing the Turbine P Baron in parallel with the Royal Turbine Duke program. The Baron conversion, which fits two PT6A-21 turboprops and Hartzell four-blade props to the light twin, costs about $700,000 (airframe additional). The company plans to have an STC in 12 to 18 months.
Aviation International News » January 2006
The FAA has reiterated its request that pilots submit information on wake turbulence encounters that occur in domestic RVSM airspace, including the U.S., offshore airspace and the San Juan flight information region, via the NASA-operated Aviation Safety Reporting System.
Paris Le Bourget Airport is to open a new executive terminal in April. The facility, a renovation of an existing building, will have room for two FBOs and offices available for rent. Belgian-based aircraft operator and business aviation services company Flying Group has committed to leasing half the terminal. The airport anticipates striking a deal this month with a second FBO.
FBO chain SheltAir last month finished building its executive terminal at Isla Grande Executive Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The FBO, which opened for business in San Juan last summer, said the new terminal features “state-of-the-art amenities.” In addition to San Juan, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based SheltAir also operates facilities at six airports in Florida, as well as the sole general aviation facility at New York La Guardia Airport.
Acorn Growth Equities of Oklahoma City has acquired privately held King Air modification firm Commuter Air Technology. The Arizona-based firm is known for its Catpass (commuter air technology passenger and safety system) modification, which increases King Air payload capacity to enable the turboprop twin to be used in regional airline and corporate shuttle service.
Bombardier announced last month the entry into service by an undisclosed customer of its new flagship business jet, the ultra-long-range Global Express XRS. The OEM has also delivered a second aircraft to European launch customer Transneft, an oil transportation management company. The XRS is an upgraded and longer-range successor to the Global Express.
Delta AirElite, the Cincinnati-based executive charter and management company that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, had a record year, according to president and CEO Michael Green, but faces the prospect of being sold by the airline. The parent company has been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection since September 14 and has reportedly lost $11 billion over the last four years.
The European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) has deferred proposed security requirements for fractional ownership flights operating into Europe. ECAC discussed the issue at a meeting early last month, but at press time a spokesperson reported that no final decision had been reached. The DOT has proposed that Europe adopt the twelve-five standard security program required for U.S. air-taxi aircraft that have mtows of more than 12,500 pounds.
Bombardier Aerospace officially opened earlier this month a 56,000-sq-ft parts distribution center in Frankfurt, Germany. The Canadian OEM began increasing parts availability in Europe in February by adding inventory to its London warehouse. These and other efforts to improve parts availability and distribution speed are part of an effort by the company to significantly upgrade customer support.
Civil aviation experienced the highest percentage growth of all sectors of aerospace sales last year, increasing 20 percent to $39 billion. According to the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), overall, aerospace sales increased by $14 billion to reach a record industry-wide level of $170 billion last year. AIA’s outlook for this year is solid, calling for 8.2-percent growth, to $184 billion.