Raytheon Aircraft is proclaiming victory in its ongoing efforts to turn around its customer-support operations, and is now focusing on sustaining that claimed turnaround. Ultimately, the company wants to redefine the way the business aviation industry provides customer support.
Aviation International News » July 2004
The S-92 medium-twin helicopter has become the first rotorcraft to be certified by the new European Aviation Safety Agency. Transport Canada certification is expected later this year summer and full icing certification later this year.
The Texas DOT has awarded an $8.3 million federal grant for the first phase of a planned $20 million project to renovate and expand general aviation facilities at Sugar Land Regional Airport, reported the Fort Bend/Southwest Sun.
A Raytheon Premier I that ran off the runway on landing at North Las Vegas Airport (VGT) on May 27 might have gotten caught in a wind shift from a crosswind to a quartering tailwind moments before touching down. There were no injuries to the pilot or passenger, but the aircraft was substantially damaged, according to the NTSB’s preliminary report. The airplane touched down on 5,004-foot-long Runway 7 at 3:57 p.m.
The fractional aircraft industry continued to grow during the 12 months ending April 30. Shares at the four major providers and 16 regional/local companies tracked by AvData of Wichita increased 7.2 percent, to more than 6,350. During the same period, the combined fleet expanded 5.1 percent, to 832 aircraft. Flexjet, alone among the four major providers, lost ground during the period.
The Air Line Pilots Association, the union that represents most of the nation’s airline pilots, has endorsed Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) for President.
NBAA board chairman Donald Baldwin, who currently serves as the association’s interim president and CEO in the wake of Shelley Longmuir’s April 1 departure, has withdrawn his name from consideration as president of the association. A spokeswoman for the association said he declined for “personal and family” reasons.
After selling what it claims is 2,100 Eclipse 500s at between $837,500 and $950,000 apiece, Eclipse Aviation has increased the price on new orders for its very light twinjet to $1.175 million (all prices in June 2000 dollars). First flight of the six-seat aircraft powered by its intended production engine–a pair of 900-pound-thrust Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbofans–is scheduled for December 31.
Dassault’s Falcon 2000EX EASy received certification by both the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the FAA last month.
In late May at the EBACE show in Geneva, Dassault unveiled a new version of the Falcon 900. Dubbed the Falcon 900DX, the trijet is a clone of the 900EX, except for its fuel tanks. Dassault salespeople, however, can arguably talk about value for money–the 900DX’s price is hardly higher than that of the 900C it replaces ($31.95 million versus $31.6 million).