After some 100 flights, Spirit Wing Aviation of Guthrie, Okla., has completed development testing of its Williams FJ44-powered Learjet 25D and expected to begin about five months of FAA certification flying. The FJ44-2C turbofans replace the Learjet 25D’s original GE CJ610-8A turbojets.
Aviation International News » June 2004
EVASWorldwide, the Ramsey, N.J.-based distributor for the Emergency Vision Assurance System (EVAS), has appointed Business Jet Aircraft Completions (BJAC) as an installation center. BJAC has service facilities in Hartford, Conn., Montreal and Tucson. BJAC will now offer EVAS clients its international mobile technical-service teams. These mobile teams travel to a client’s home base and perform system installations.
Six aviation associations last month submitted a joint letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee urging it to support full funding of the FAA’s federal contract tower program. The 223 federal contract towers at smaller airports in 46 states represent 45 percent of all towers in the U.S. and handle approximately 25 percent of all control-tower operations in the U.S., according to the letter.
AeroShares, a new company based at St. Johns County Airport in St. Augustine, Fla., launched a fractional-ownership program to serve travelers who fly throughout the Southeast. The company intends to use a fleet of three pre-owned King Air B200s to fly to and from destinations within a 700-mile radius of St. Augustine. At press time, AeroShares had started operating one B200 for three shareowners.
Pilot error caused the February 26 crash of a King Air 200 in Southern Bosnia that killed Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski, six of his aides and the two pilots, according to a Bosnian civil aviation directorate report.
Bombardier has issued a Service Bulletin for installing redesigned on-off placards for the oxygen bottle regulator in the Learjet 35 and 36, and the FAA has followed up with a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending that operators incorporate the changes.
The board of directors at Bombardier will give CEO Paul Tellier a bonus of as much as $8.5 million in 2006 if the company meets profit and sales targets. His annual salary of $1.4 million will remain unchanged until January 2006.
A one-year extension of the accelerated bonus depreciation for general aviation aircraft purchases was included in S.1637, the Jumpstart Our Business Strength (Jobs) Act, which the Senate passed by an overwhelming 92-5 vote last month. The next step is for the House of Representatives to pass similar legislation.
Piaggio Aero Industries, which emerged from bankruptcy five years ago and has gradually stopped bleeding red ink, last month received a record order valued at approximately $200 million for 29 Avanti turboprop twins, including the conversion of five options to firm orders from an earlier acquisition by the same buyer.
In March Gulfstream launched a program in which it pledged to match competitors’ parts prices for large-cabin Gulfstreams. The “Meet the Quote” program, originally scheduled to end May 15, has been extended to the end of July and expanded to include parts for the G100 and G200. If it costs less than Gulfstream’s price for the same part in “comparable condition, age and warranty,” Gulfstream will match price.