Aviation International News » January 2007

December 21, 2006 - 10:47am

PrivatAir has ordered the first 787 Boeing Business Jet but has yet to decide whether to use the widebody for executive charter services, corporate shuttle operations or scheduled all-business-class flights on behalf of an airline. The Swiss group is set to receive the aircraft in 2012, by which time it will have decided on the cabin configuration and selected a completions supplier.

December 21, 2006 - 10:42am

Around 80 exhibitors have committed to participating in the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) conference and exhibition to be held in Dubai from January 31 to February 1. According to organizers, the show–to be staged at the Airport Expo Dubai site at Dubai International Airport–will also feature at least 30 aircraft on display.

December 21, 2006 - 10:37am

Libya’s Sirte Oil has ordered an Embraer E170 twinjet for corporate shuttle operations. The Brazilian-built aircraft, which will be configured for 76 passengers, will be delivered in March and will fly the 500-mile sector between Sirte’s main base at Marsa El Brega and the capital Tripoli, but also to other company facilities around the north African country.

December 21, 2006 - 10:35am

Eclipse Aviation has further refined the Model 500 very light jet’s design to reach performance goals, according to a customer technical communication sent to buyers on December 4.

These refinements are part of a year-long performance improvement program designed to help the Model 500 reach the promised speed of 370 knots and 1,125 nm range (NBAA IFR, 100-nm alternate).

December 21, 2006 - 10:33am

A $27 million child-abduction suit involving charter and aircraft management services operator Executive Jet Management (EJM) has been settled out of court for an undisclosed amount, according to attorneys for the plaintiff, Cornelia Streeter.

December 21, 2006 - 10:28am

The Isle of Man–a British Crown dependency located in the Irish Sea between the UK and Ireland–is on track to have its new aircraft register up and running this spring. The necessary changes to the offshore territory’s existing aviation legislation are due to go to its parliament this month.

December 21, 2006 - 10:24am

The U.S. aerospace industry posted record sales last year, boosted by a surging civil aircraft market fueled in part by general aviation aircraft shipments. The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) sees sales growing by another $11 billion this year.

December 21, 2006 - 10:19am

Giuseppe Airaudi, 52, and his passenger died in the crash of an Agusta Bell AB412 on November 27 in the Italian Alps. Airaudi cofounded Turin-based Airgreen with his brother Mauro in the early 1980s. Airgreen now operates 15 helicopters for rescue, aerial work and transport to mountain shelters.

December 21, 2006 - 9:35am

Thunder Aviation opened its doors in 1997 after several people approached owner Larry Moskoff, who based his Beech Duke at Spirit of Saint Louis Airport, about starting an FBO on the airport. The timing was right, as Moskoff was selling the pharmaceutical business he had inherited from his father.

December 21, 2006 - 9:31am

The FAA has released an NPRM for FAR Part 145 repair stations that proposes revising the established rating system to eliminate the current class system in lieu of more general ratings such as “airplane.” In addition, it would require all Part 145 repair stations to implement an expanded quality- assurance program, citing its criticality to “maintaining safety.” The FAA estimates that developing the program at a small repair station would cost