Aviation International News » January 2006

September 26, 2006 - 12:58pm
Joan Sullivan Garrett, MedAire’s founder, chairman and CEO

In a statement released December 20, health and security assistance provider MedAire announced that its two largest shareholders have reached a letter agreement “outlining mutual goals and strategies relating to the direction and control of MedAire” that would effectively place control of the company in the hands of its largest competitor, International SOS (ISOS).


September 26, 2006 - 12:38pm

Some 40 Gulfstream IIs and IIIs have been equipped with Quiet Technology Aerospace’s Stage 3 hush kit. The Opa Locka, Fla. company said GIIs and GIIIs equipped with its hush kit “can access any airport [in Europe, Asia and the U.S.] that a GIV/G450 can.”

September 26, 2006 - 12:37pm

Russian aviation officials are investigating the fatal crash of a 2004 Cessna Grand Caravan (Aruba registry P4-OIN) as it was trying to land at Moscow-Domodedovo Airport on November 19. The two pilots and six passengers were killed. A snowstorm and icing conditions existed at the time of the accident.

September 26, 2006 - 12:35pm

In a recent letter to the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said it has “begun the process of developing and instituting a security oversight and monitoring program for fractional ownership aircraft.” The letter was the latest correspondence between the TSA and ECAC about the European organization’s concerns about the security aspects of fractional operations.

September 26, 2006 - 12:33pm

Jet-card block times are getting lower, and one of the lowest is the new five-hour Learjet gift card from Bombardier Skyjet. This card offers five hours of flight time on a Learjet 40 for $22,000 and five hours on a Learjet 60 for $32,000.

September 26, 2006 - 12:26pm

Nine months after reaching a tentative sales agreement, Raytheon Aircraft and NetJets signed a contract for the purchase of 50 Hawker 4000s (née Horizons) for the latter company’s fractional fleet. Deliveries are scheduled to start next year and continue through 2013. In mid-2003 NetJets canceled a 1999 order for 50 of the jets because of certification delays.

September 26, 2006 - 12:18pm

One Six Right, a documentary of Van Nuys Airport in California, is now available on DVD for $28.95 (plus shipping and handling). The DVD can be ordered online at www.onesixright.com (where a preview is available) or purchased at the airport from Hollywood Aviators, the exclusive reseller of the 90-minute presentation.

September 26, 2006 - 11:57am

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in October will remove its non-U.S. flight information publications and digital aeronautical flight information file from public access. The plan, however, will not affect charts for the U.S., Caribbean and South America or Pacific, Australia and Antarctica in areas considered part of the U.S. Flight Information Region, for which NGA will distribute charts until October 2007.

September 26, 2006 - 11:51am

Last month nearly 30 business aircraft operators based at Westchester County Airport (HPN) received “Spirit of Noise Abatement Awards” for achieving 100-percent compliance with the voluntary night-flying restraint and high-range noise event programs in 2004. Operators achieving the lowest average sound level were US Cable, flying a Challenger 601, and JPMorgan Chase, flying a GIV and a Challenger 604.

September 26, 2006 - 11:46am

Avantair’s new owner, Alfred Rapetti, has clearly defined goals for the all-Avanti fractional provider. A retired investment banker with previous ties to aviation interests, Rapetti plans to further expand the company by offering “elite levels” of customer service, moving and expanding the corporate headquarters and steadily increasing the aircraft fleet.