Aviation International News » January 2009

December 29, 2008 - 7:25am

Nav Canada is warning aviators about a fraudulent e-mail, purportedly from the organization, that attempts to notify operators “of an outstanding debt in the area of air navigation service charges for the year 2007.” According to a spokesman, the e-mail is part of a “fraudulent billing scheme targeting our customers.

December 29, 2008 - 7:24am

Cessna has delivered the first of two Citation Mustangs to Lebanese charter company Open Sky Aviation. Open Sky Aviation will operate from Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport and will serve destinations including Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

December 29, 2008 - 7:23am

San Antonio-based aircraft charter, management, sales and maintenance firm FlightTime Business Jets took delivery last month of the first Sierra Industries Super II,

a Citation II re-engined with Williams FJ44-3A engines. Compared with a stock Cessna Citation II, the Super II has better fuel efficiency, 1,800-nm range and increased max-fuel payload. Sierra Industries and FlightTime are wholly owned subsidiaries of The SkyWay Group.

December 29, 2008 - 7:22am

Schubach Aviation has introduced the Schubach Jet Card, a premier membership program. Benefits include 5-percent savings on all Schubach flights, a risk-free refundable balance, complimentary in-flight service, concierge service and priority availability and upgrades. Schubach Aviation is based at Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Calif., and recently announced a second location at Lindbergh Field in San Diego.

December 29, 2008 - 7:21am

Columbus, Ohio-based fractional provider NetJets Aviation last month forged an agreement with the FAA to become the agency’s latest NextGen partner. Under the agreement, NetJets will focus on NextGen initiatives such as area navigation (Rnav) and required navigation performance (RNP) approaches on routes into Teterboro (N.J.) Airport; WAAS, which allows for precision instrument approaches; and data communications.

December 29, 2008 - 7:20am

UK-based executive aircraft charter broker Air Partner has reported a dip in business during the first five weeks of the second quarter of its current financial year. The December 10 statement from the publicly traded group suggests that charter market conditions have been declining significantly as last year drew to a close, in the wake of what it described as “further deterioration in the global economic climate.”

December 29, 2008 - 7:18am

As testing of the new DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 proceeds, manufacturer Viking Air says it’s confident the floatplane will be ready for delivery this summer. The aircraft, which first flew in October, began water testing in November. An evaluation of the aircraft’s air data attitude and heading reference system proved flawless, according to Steve Stackhouse, Viking’s manager of flight operations.

December 29, 2008 - 7:16am

The FAA released its final rule on December 15 making the Washington, D.C. air defense identification zone (ADIZ)–which was imposed in February 2003 as a “temporary” flight restriction (TFR) area in the runup to the invasion of Iraq–a permanent fixture. It will go into effect sometime next month.

December 29, 2008 - 7:13am

The inaugural NBAA Light Business Airplane Conference (LBA2009) scheduled for March in San Diego will be held during two days (March 13-14) instead of the originally planned three days, according to NBAA. The move to shorten the conference reflects the challenges posed by the state of the economy. NBAA has also lowered prices, reducing attendance fees by 50 percent and indoor exhibit fees by 20 percent.

December 29, 2008 - 7:12am

Dassault Aviation late last month downgraded its 2008 delivery planning for Falcons, citing new FAA “constraints.” The manufacturer said the delivery rate increase that was expected for the fourth quarter will not be met, as some deliveries have been postponed to the first quarter.

 
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