Playing its cards close, Savannah, Ga.-based Gulfstream Aerospace is still officially saying little about its “mystery” follow-on to the G-IV, but there are whispers that more may be revealed about the airplane later this year.
Aviation International News » July 2002
First flight of the Global 5000, a shortened version of the Global Express, is still scheduled for first quarter next year, and type certification by Transport Canada, the FAA and the JAA is on target for first quarter 2004. Entry into service is planned for the end of that year. Officially launched on February 5 this year, the 5000 is Bombardier’s 12th new airplane in 12 years.
Four of five test aircraft planned for the Continental flight-test program are now flying, with the fourth (dedicated to proving the reliability and maintainability of the interior in flight) having made its first flight on April 5. By the middle of last month the four airplanes had accumulated more than 641 hr on 398 flights.
In another unexpected change at the top of an airframe company last month, Oscar Schwenk, president and CEO of Pilatus Aircraft of Stans, Switzerland, abruptly replaced Angelo Fiataruolo as CEO of Pilatus Business Aircraft, the Broomfield, Colo., subsidiary responsible for the marketing of the PC-12 turboprop single in North and South America.
Statistically, if you want to avoid aircraft accidents, stay away from airports. Fortunately, at least for the runway-incursion portion of the problem, there’s a more practical option on the horizon from Amphitech International.
Dassault has pledged to make strides in Falcon customer service to reduce its response time to operators. At the manufacturer’s Worldwide Falcon Maintenance and Operations Seminar, held last month in Deauville, France, Dassault officials outlined a new organization designed to reach this objective. New “operational services” were also presented to Falcon operators.
As corporate pilots Tom and Pam Clements climbed the stone steps at the forbidding Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia, it seemed incredible that they were being paid to go on this “vacation.” Though the Clements had paid the incremental cost of accompanying their passengers on various sightseeing tours, the husband and wife team had still turned a small profit flying their passengers on a three-month, eastbound journey from Scottsdale, Ariz., near
Since 1992 Medic’Air International of Paris has been providing medical assistance with air-ambulance flights and medical escorts on airlines worldwide. The company is an independent medical provider created by emergency physicians.
Most business jet operators haven’t even given a second thought to a medical emergency away from home base. If they have, chances are they shrugged it off thinking they’d simply get back home via the company aircraft.
With the opening of its new 67,000-sq-ft training center in Orlando, Fla. last October, Pan Am International Flight Academy underscored its intention to further expand into the business of simulator training for business aviation.