On April 29 Advanced Aerodynamics & Structures Inc. of Long Beach, Calif., announced it had completed its acquisition of the assets of Mooney Aircraft Co. and had, as expected, changed its name to Mooney Aerospace Group Ltd.
Aviation International News » June 2002
The severe financial problems at Fairchild Dornier have left the Envoy 3 and 7 programs in doubt. Ironically (or perhaps intentionally), the 728 regional jet platform for the Envoy 7 was rolled out on March 21, just before the company filed for insolvency on April 2.
Attempting to jump on the homeland-defense bandwagon, Aviation Technology Group at Denver Centennial Airport proposed earlier this year that its twin-engine, tandem two-seat “personal jet” could indeed perform military service as a subsonic (Mach 0.92) interceptor.
As anticipated in April, American Utilicraft of Lawrenceville, Ga., did indeed last month announce “a new aggressive strategy for deployment of the company’s first 25 FF-1080 Freight Feeder aircraft.” This strategy involves “creating alliances with potential acquisition candidates [to build an effective air-cargo company] and moving to a larger accounting firm capable of handling these types of transaction and associated regulatory issues.”
It was early evening on March 17, 2000, when N814M, a Falcon 900B owned by BP Amoco, overran the runway while landing at Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis, Mass. Racing past the numbers, it crashed through the Runway 24 localizer antenna array and a chain-link fence.
Issues arising from September 11 and from the Flight Safety Foundation’s accident prevention role shared billing at the 47th annual FSF/NBAA Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar (CASS), held in Phoenix last month. Airport security, bioterrorism and terrorism’s effect on aviation insurance received more than normal attention from the 340 attendees at the Pointe South Mountain resort.
Paradoxically, business aviation will have both a lower and a higher profile at this year’s Farnborough Air Show, to be held July 22 to 28 in the UK. Lower, because several executive aircraft manufacturers have opted to give the event a miss this time around. Higher, because, for the first time ever, the UK airport will not be closed to corporate traffic for the duration of the show.
Corporate aviation operators at all levels received good and bad news from insurance representatives at the 26th annual Aviation Insurance Association conference held in Kansas City, Mo., on April 29 and 30.
On the day of AIN’s visit to Survival Systems, a group of paramedics was finishing up a two-day course on the use of emergency breathing systems–small air tanks that hold up to 30 breaths of air. Such systems are available from any dive shop for about $350.
“One last thing. Delay taking your breath until the water reaches your waist, then follow the procedure the way we briefed,” said Survival Systems training coordinator Bobbi Lytle as we hung by a cable above the water in a big, blue “pretend” aircraft. I was strapped in the front seat with a four-point harness. At the command, “Ditching! Ditching!