Aviation International News » January 2007

December 21, 2006 - 6:54am

Cessna received the FAA production certificate for its new Citation Mustang very light jet on November 22, two-and-a-half months after type certification on September 8. By issuing the production certificate, the FAA cleared Cessna for volume production and to conduct flight tests and sign airworthiness certificates using its own designees and with less FAA involvement.

December 21, 2006 - 6:43am

Private jet passengers whose consciences are troubled by their jet’s contribution to global warming can now rest easier with the new CarbonNeutral option for Air Partner’s JetCard block charter program. Customers pay a 2-percent supplement to their flight-hour costs, and Air Partner channels this money into four climate-friendly energy and technology projects to offset the damage done by the aircraft’s engine emissions.

December 21, 2006 - 6:39am

U.S. Helicopter, the only scheduled helicopter airline operating in the U.S., recently expanded its New York City service to include departures from the East 34th Street heliport.

December 21, 2006 - 6:26am

A November 27 town meeting about the effect of voluntary operational restrictions at Teterboro Airport raised questions about how long the cooperative spirit would last between the airport’s neighbors and users.

December 21, 2006 - 6:24am

Pilots of large-cabin jets who work as independent contractors complain that former airline pilots and young pilots willing to work for much less are undercutting their normal daily rates.

December 21, 2006 - 6:19am

NetJets subsidiary Executive Jet Management (EJM) told AIN last month it logged record revenues last year but declined to reveal a dollar number. It did note, however, that 32 of its managed aircraft each generated more than $1 million in charter revenue; four generated $2 million each; three $3 million each; and one $5 million.

December 21, 2006 - 6:18am

Sky-Nets, which offers free wireless Internet (WiFi) systems to FBOs, released the results of a survey of FBOs, assessing their level of WiFi adoption. The survey polled 380 U.S. FBOs and found that 73 percent of FBOs at larger airports (more than 30,000 movements) offer WiFi and 45 percent of FBOs at smaller airports offer WiFi.

December 21, 2006 - 6:16am

Garlick Helicopters and Double R Flying Service in Montana and their owner, Ronald Garlick, have been indicted on federal fraud charges in connection with allegedly non-airworthy parts used on a Bell UH-1 and OH-58A. Garlick was convicted in 1998 on similar charges and served a year in prison, according to the DOT. At press time Garlick declined to comment.

December 21, 2006 - 6:15am

New Advisory Circular AC 120-87A updates guidance on the use of child restraint seats (CRS) on aircraft. Recently, the FAA revised its regulations to allow for use of a wider selection of CRS products on commercial and private aircraft.

December 21, 2006 - 6:14am

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) opened a distribution center in Amsterdam, eliminating the need for many customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to get parts sent from Canada and, in many cases, allowing them to receive orders in less than 24 hours.

 
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