Stevens Aviation’s Dayton, Ohio facility and Jet Aviation’s Bedford, Mass. facility have been designated by Raytheon Aircraft as service centers for the entry-level Premier I. The approval covers heavy and scheduled maintenance, airframe maintenance and engine repairs. There are approximately 25 Premier Is in the field since deliveries started last June.
Aviation International News » June 2002
NetJets aircraft will fly 300,000 occupied hours this year, chairman and CEO Richard Santulli told reporters during ceremonies in Columbus, Ohio, to announce a rebranding that changed the company name from Executive Jet Inc. to NetJets Inc. Citing confusion among the press, prospects and customers, Santulli noted that “changing our corporate name to NetJets Inc.
Sino Swearingen appointed Air Touring, based at London Biggin Hill Airport, as the authorized representative for SJ30-2 business jet sales and service in the UK and Northern Ireland. Air Touring will take delivery of six SJ30-2s between 2004 and 2006. Sino Swearingen, with headquarters in San Antonio and manufacturing facilities in Martinsburg, W.Va., expects to start delivering SJ30-2 business jets next year.
Webster Bank’s Center Capital of Waterbury, Conn., has formed a general aviation finance division headquartered in Dallas. The new division’s target market initially is new and pre-owned helicopters and airplanes, as well as maintenance projects, valued at under $2 million. Charles McGuire, v-p and general manager of the division, told AIN that there are no restrictions with reference to aircraft age or noise stage.
Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating signed a bill creating an autonomous Aeronautics Commission. The commission, to become a separate agency next month, had been a part of the state DOT since 1976. “Aeronautics was always having to compete with highways and other departments within DOT for recognition and funding,” said AOPA southwest regional representative Jerry Hooper. “Now they will have more flexibility and control over their own programs.”
Worldwide deliveries of turbine business airplanes in the first quarter plunged more than 24 percent, to 201 units, compared with the 266 units shipped in the first quarter last year, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, which now reports deliveries of non-U.S. as well as U.S. manufacturers.
A new Web site, scheduled to be fully operational this month, promises to provide data on the major fractional programs, including detailed descriptions of aircraft ages, flight tracker, classified ads for buying and selling shares and a “complete database” of owners.
Operators waiting for the long-delayed certification of the Orenda V8 turbocharged piston engine retrofit for the King Air C90 will have to wait a little longer. Orenda officials in Nova Scotia told AIN that the engine installation kit is being redesigned with the aim of making it more “maintenance friendly.” The company is now aiming for an STC by year-end.
Within the next six weeks homeowners surrounding Boca Raton (Fla.) Airport will be able to go to a Web site if they have an aircraft noise complaint. Developed by Megadata of Greenwich, Conn., AirportMonitor software displays aircraft in flight with a detailed overlay map of the streets neighboring the airport up to 96 mi away. Site visitors can see a readout of aircraft type, speed and altitude.
There was no indication that the internal control lock was engaged on a Citation 550 that careened off the runway during its takeoff roll at Wiley Post Airport, in Bethany, Okla., last month, according to NTSB’s preliminary investigation. The pilot claims that when reaching V1 (103 kt), the nosewheel did not lift off the runway when he began to pull back on the control column.