Aviation International News » January 2008

December 27, 2007 - 11:14am

GECI International is offering its Skylander SK-100 light utility aircraft for sale and intends to fully launch the program in April. The program has been in the works since 2001, and the France-based company hopes to deliver the first aircraft from its factory in Evora, Portugal, in 2011.

December 27, 2007 - 11:13am

The International Air Carrier Association (IACA) last month called on European Union member states to include an open carbon trading system for aviation within the existing Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) market. At the association’s annual general meeting in Brussels, IACA members asserted that the current design–drafted by the European Parliament–would damage the aviation sector beyond repair.

December 27, 2007 - 9:44am

Still concerned about landing overrun accidents, the FAA published a new Advisory Circular (91-79) on November 6 to advise pilots and operators about how to avoid such mishaps. While the circular is not mandatory, the FAA recommends that commercial and Part 91 business jet operators incorporate the material into their operations manuals or appropriate documents such as standard operating procedures (SOPs).

December 27, 2007 - 9:33am

Atlanta-based Travelers Aviation announced last month that it will expand its corporate flight coverage to include hull and liability insurance for Part 135 and small-business accounts. The new policy, Flight Plan Preferred, provides limits up to $300 million and is “designed specifically for businesses operating smaller turbine/jet aircraft, and for turbine pleasure and business aircraft flown within North America,” according to

December 27, 2007 - 9:32am

Flight Options on November 30 simultaneously announced its finalized acquisition by Miami-based private equity firm HIG Capital and an order for nearly $1 billion worth of Embraer Phenom 300 light jets. In a deal announced in late October, HIG bought the fractional provider from Raytheon for an undisclosed sum. According to an HIG Capital spokesman, there are no management changes planned at Flight Options.

December 27, 2007 - 9:30am

Cenipa, Brazil’s aviation accident investigation agency, released a statement to the Brazilian news agencies in November that appears to dispute the claims of the

December 27, 2007 - 9:29am

Cessna Aircraft has added two new models to its single-engine aircraft line, following last month’s purchase of bankrupt Columbia Aircraft, a Bend, Ore.-based producer of high-performance, all-composite piston singles. The aircraft formerly known as the Columbia 350 and 400 models will now be called the Cessna 350 and 400.

December 27, 2007 - 7:38am

MAIR Holdings announced late last month that its Big Sky Airlines subsidiary will end all its Delta Connection service on the East Coast as of midnight, January 7. The company will then attempt to “transition” its Billings, Mont.-based operation to another airline, distribute any remaining cash to shareholders and completely liquidate sometime next year, said MAIR president Paul Foley.

December 27, 2007 - 7:37am

On December 17 a C-17 Globemaster III heavy airlift airplane touched down at McGuire AFB in New Jersey, completing the type’s first transcontinental flight using a synthetic fuel blend. The flight, which carried an AIN editor on its last leg from McGuire to Andrews AFB, is a crucial step in the Air Force’s plan to certify its entire fleet on synthetic fuel by 2011.

December 27, 2007 - 7:36am

Aviation Technology Group (ATG) of Englewood, Colo., laid off 40 of its 50 employees on December 17 and announced a day later that it has halted development of its two-seat Javelin very light twinjet, citing lack of funding.