Early last month Embraer announced it cut the first metal for its Phenom 100 very light jet. The part–a fuselage component that connects to the engine pylon–was milled from a block of aluminum at the company’s main plant in São José dos Campos, Brazil.
Aviation International News » July 2006
Grob Aerospace recently announced significant enhancements to its G180 SPn light jet. Besides coming standard with an enhanced version of the Honeywell Apex avionics system, the twinjet can be configured with a new six-seat executive interior, which includes a full lavatory and galley. Further new options include an auxiliary power unit and an enhanced-vision system.
On May 31, Raytheon Aircraft reached the FAA’s five-year time limit for certification of the Hawker 4000 (née Horizon) under Part 25 amendments that existed at the time of the type certification application. In anticipation of not receiving type certification before the deadline, Raytheon applied for an extension on May 11, and early last month the FAA granted an extension of seven months, to December 31.
Like a lot of companies, Universal Weather & Aviation has invested heavily in its online presence in the last few years. The weather and flight-planning specialist has overhauled its Web site to give clients more options for managing trip-related functions online.
Ten years ago this month our aviation community suffered its second major hull loss in two months. On the heels of the ValuJet Douglas DC-9 crash in Florida, a 747-100 operating as TWA Flight 800 from New York to Paris entered a rapid descent after takeoff from Kennedy Airport and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean more than 10 miles south of Long Island on July 17, 1996.
In these pages last month, a relatively lackluster but functional 1991 Falcon 900 pushing 11,000 hours began its journey through the fountain of youth. As the photos here show, technicians at Duncan Aviation’s Lincoln, Neb. facility have now stripped the airplane of its outdated cabin furnishings, and they have gutted the instrument panel in preparation for installation of a modern suite of Honeywell Primus Epic avionics.
Piaggio Avanti fractional provider Avantair is fast becoming a major player in the industry. While company CEO Steve Santo readily admits that Avantair isn’t a national program quite yet, “we’ll be there by the end of the year.”
Last month, Flight Options and Flexjet began offering tiered-pricing jet cards
that provide steep discounts for not flying during peak periods. But that is where
the similarities end.
Twenty years after its birth, the fractional concept is finally a mainstream part of the business aviation industry. It didn’t start out that way, and one need only look at the current chorus of very light jet air-limo naysayers to get an idea of how the business aviation community reacted to fractional aircraft ownership in 1986.
Flying Group has lodged an appeal in Paris after a lower court rejected its complaint against the Le Bourget-based Euralair group in April. The Antwerp, Belgium-based group claimed Euralair failed to comply with its commitment to hand over the business assets of its FBO, Euralair Airport Services (EAS), as part of its plans to expand its operations at the Paris business airport.