Swiss startup company Aviace is to get a special, lower-mtow version of the Eclipse 500 twinjet for its European “jet club” operation. At EBACE 2002, Aviace announced it ordered 112 Eclipse 500s. The company’s objective is to set up “jet clubs” that should allow members to travel in the microjets throughout Europe. The cost structure is different from both fractional-ownership and air-charter operations.
Aviation International News » July 2002
June 30 was a critical date for Nimbus Jets, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., startup that last December agreed to buy 1,000 Eclipse 500 jets (a sale valued at nearly $8.4 billion) for a proposed nationwide air-taxi service. That date was the deadline by which Nimbus owed Eclipse Aviation deposits in the amount of $11.7 million, or 20 percent of the estimated price for the first two-year delivery commitment of 70 aircraft.
Midway through its 14-city U.S. tour in mid-June, the Embraer Legacy business jet mockup is opening a lot of eyes. “I had no idea the cabin was this big,” is the comment heard over and over, according to U.S. sales manager Mike Gearhart. He added that the road team is hosting an average of 100 to 150 visitors at each stop.
Effective July 11 the Cincinnati Class B airspace was reconfigured to eliminate the portion of the airspace over Claremont County Airport (area G), expand the lateral limits of area C, reduce the lateral limits of area F and raise the upper limit of the entire Class B airspace from 8,000 ft msl to 10,000 ft msl.
On June 14 a JetProp DLX-converted 1988 Piper Malibu Mirage crashed in Osteen, Fla., while on an IFR flight from Raleigh-Durham, N.C., to Marco Island, Fla. According to the NTSB’s preliminary report, radio and radar contact were lost at 8:39 p.m. local time as the pilot attempted to deviate around thunderstorms at FL 260. The right wing separated and was found three days later, but not at the main crash site.
Claiming “there is no merit to the lawsuit or to the allegations in it,” Savannah Air Center said it will defend itself against a $3.7 million claim brought in U.S. District Court by USA Interactive. In the suit, filed in May in U.S.
Wellington, Fla.-based B/E Aerospace revealed last month that it acquired Tucson, Ariz. business aircraft cabinetry specialist Bomhoff in a cash acquisition. B/E Aerospace will add the Bomhoff assets to its already considerable business aircraft interior lighting and seating capabilities. The deal follows an aborted effort last year by The Nordam Group to reach an agreement with Bomhoff to form a new entity.
The Global Express, Airbus Corporate Jetliner, Boeing Business Jet and all other aircraft with a mtow of 95,000 lb or more and used in private charter operations are covered by new security rules, effective August 19, that require pre-boarding screening of passengers and property.
New York City-based ShAirForce LLC continues to move forward with its plan to become the world’s first fractional operator to offer its clients premium-class-only aircraft with daily nonstop service between high-demand domestic and international city pairs. The company recently released its Web site address (www.ShAirForce.com) and toll-free number, (866) Go-ShAir.
In a move seen by many observers as a first step in privatizing the nation’s ATC services, President Bush amended an executive order issued by President Clinton in December 2000 that made ATC an “inherently governmental function.”