In a December 13 SEC amendment for its initial public stock offering, Pogo Jet provided more information about its planned very light jet (VLJ) charter service. Pogo now expects to begin service in the first quarter of next year and should have 25 Eclipse 500s by the end of that year and up to 115 by the end of 2011, according to the filing.
Aviation International News » January 2008
N50DS, a Bombardier Global 5000, landed short of a runway in the Caribbean islands on December 12 and sustained damage after hitting an airport perimeter fence. Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority flight ops inspector Paul Delisle told AIN that the incident occurred at Vance W. Armory Airport on the island of Nevis and said there were no injuries to crew or passengers.
On December 20, Eclipse Aviation announced that it had received FAA certification of the Avio NG avionics and systems control suite for the Eclipse 500 VLJ.
Sentient Jet, which is buying TAG Aviation USA and all of its assets from TAG Holding, was expecting to close the acquisition around the end of last month. The Sentient purchase is for what is left of AMI Jet Charter after its charter certificate was revoked, and Sentient has offered AMI customers/aircraft owners the opportunity to move their aircraft onto one of Sentient’s charter certificates, which most have done.
Adam Aircraft is getting closer to the major milestone of FAA certification of the A700 very light jet and last month reported receiving its first Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) from the FAA. This TIA allows FAA pilots to fly the A700 for the flight tests needed for credit during the final stages of certification.
Market analysis and consulting firm AeroStrategy recently completed a study showing that the yearly market for helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul will grow from
Schweizer Aircraft and Jeppesen have updated the training manuals and materials for the Schweizer 300C and 300CBi. Jeppesen first developed manuals for the type in 1980 when it collaborated on the private/commercial helicopter manual with Hughes, the original owner of the Model 300’s type certificate. A decade ago Schweizer and Jeppesen decided jointly to update the original Hughes curriculum.
AMAC Aerospace is preparing to open as a new completions, refurbishment and maintenance provider for business aircraft in August. The Swiss start-up company is being founded by former Jet Aviation CEO Heinz Köhli and will be based at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, near Jet Aviation’s completions center. In late October, AMAC signed a 35-year lease on a 452,000-sq-ft site at the airport.
Global investment and financial management firm Macquarie Group has partnered with Houston-based trip services provider Universal Weather & Aviation. According to the terms of the agreement–currently undergoing regulatory review–Greg Evans, owner of Universal, will sell approximately 45 percent of the financial interest to the Macquarie Consortium.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has recognized Gulfstream for its efforts in ensuring the safety and security of its supply chain. The airframer was awarded “tier three” status by the agency as part of its voluntary Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) initiative launched in 2002, which was designed to strengthen business supply chain and border security while facilitating legitimate trade.