San Carlos, Calif.-based charter operator XOJet is installing Aircell high-speed Internet equipment on its entire fleet of Bombardier Challenger 300s and Cessna Citation Xs. The company says the equipment will be available on all its airplanes by the end of this month, making XOJet the first business aviation fleet operator to offer wireless service on all its U.S. flights.
Aviation International News » July 2010
Cessna Aircraft said it will bring the Honeywell Primus Elite avionics system to the Citation X starting next year. Based on the Citation X’s current Honeywell Primus 2000 avionics system, the five-panel Elite system will feature high-resolution LCD graphics capability permitting viewing of electronic approach charts and XM satellite weather data.
Aircraft owners in the U.S. are bristling after the Federal Communications Commission last month announced plans to impose a total ban on the “certification, manufacture, importation, sale or continued use of 121.5-MHz ELTs.” FAA regulations require U.S.-registered aircraft to carry fixed emergency locator transmitters, but the rule doesn’t specify whether they should operate on 121.5 or 406 MHz.
NetJets has begun an operational consolidation plan for two of its North American fractional aircraft subsidiaries– NetJets Aviation (NJA) and NetJets International (NJI). Columbus, Ohio-based NJA flies everything but the large-cabin Gulfstream fleet; NJI, based in Okatie, S.C., operates the fractional Gulfstream fleet, with the exception of the super-midsize G200.
ProJet Aviation, which already operates FBOs at Manassas (Va.) Regional and Winchester (Va.) Regional airports in the metropolitan Washington area, officially opened its third facility early last month with a ribbon-cutting at Leesburg Executive Airport, 10 nm northwest of Dulles.
Staff at the ExecuJet Aviation FBO at Johannesburg’s Lanseria Airport have been working around the clock to handle the influx of corporate and VIP traffic drawn to South Africa for the soccer World Cup, which concludes on July 11. As of June 21, the facility had handled 169 movements since the start of the tournament on June 11, including 27 head-of-state aircraft, as well as the U.S.
Heritage Aviation officially opened its environmentally green FBO at Burlington International Airport, in the Green Mountains of Vermont, on May 20.
Buyers of coverage for aircraft, aviation businesses and property have found a silver lining in the recession: relatively stable prices for insurance. Attendees at this year’s Aviation Insurance Association (AIA) conference confirm the news; too much available insurance capacity means that no underwriter has the power to raise prices.
As part of its good-neighbor program, Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, N.Y., presented its annual Spirit of Noise Abatement awards at an environmental event organized by the Westchester Aviation Association at the end of May. Since 1994 the program has honored those business aircraft operators who have abided by the airport’s noise-reduction policies during the previous year.
American Eagle president and CEO Peter Bowler has given AMR notice of his retirement after a 26-year career with American Airlines and its regional subsidiary. AMR has asked former American Eagle chief Dan Garton to return to his old post to replace Bowler. AMR also reiterated that it might divest itself of its regional subsidiary. It first announced the possibility of a sale in 2007.