Aviation International News » June 2006

September 15, 2006 - 11:18am

Excel-Jet’s four-seat, single-engine very light jet, the Sport-Jet, flew for the first time on May 14 from Colorado Springs Airport. According to company president and founder Bob Bornhofen, as of May 15, the Sport-Jet had logged nearly four hours.

September 15, 2006 - 11:13am

Last month Dassault said its engineers have validated several improvements to the Falcon 7X– such as increased mtow, engine thrust, fuel capacity and winglets– that increase range to 5,950 nm from 5,700 nm. These improvements have nudged the type certification schedule into early next year.

September 15, 2006 - 11:10am

Landmark Aviation, The Carlyle Group’s FBO and maintenance business, is pursuing global growth. Having rebranded two of its three components under the Landmark identity last fall, president Shawn Vick said the company has adopted a “structured approach” to expansion through mergers, acquisitions and partnerships.

September 15, 2006 - 11:05am

The corporate and business aviation segments are making progress toward improving their safety record, but there is still work to be done, Dr. Robert Matthews, the FAA’s lead analyst in the office of accident investigation, told the 400 attendees at the Flight Safety Foundation’s Corporate Aviation Seminar. He told AIN, “Corporate aviation, as the FAA defines it, is about as safe as you can hope to get.

September 15, 2006 - 9:50am

It is testament to both the rising stature of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) and the audacious ambition of Embraer that the Brazilian airframer chose the Geneva show as the venue for its surprise launch of the new Lineage 1000 very large-cabin business jet. There was a time when the annual U.S.

September 15, 2006 - 7:57am

When Charles Lindbergh single-handedly flew his airplane across the Atlantic in 1927, there was little for the not-yet-famous aviator to plan before the journey; his weather information was based on twice-daily reports from ships at sea and meteorological stations on land. Other than a passport, the French cared little about his papers.

September 15, 2006 - 7:38am

A new business aviation airport appears set to emerge in New Jersey, where the two major facilities serving business jets, Teterboro and Morristown, are at or near capacity. The third bizav facility was one of the subjects under discussion at the 2006 New Jersey Aviation Conference in Trenton on May 10.

September 15, 2006 - 7:15am

The earliest versions of the Internet and e-mail trace their existence back to the 1950s, when Rand researchers first started thinking about ways to connect computers through a common network. You might be surprised to learn that early ideas for cockpit synthetic-vision systems (SVS) also originated in the 1950s, as part of a joint Army-Navy research project.

September 15, 2006 - 6:55am

Tony Fox, the 84-year-old entrepreneur credited by those with long memories as being the father of the very light jet, last month sold the 1970s-era Foxjet design to start-up Millennium Aerospace of California. Fox still manages a multimillion-dollar business conglomerate and holds 96 patents.

September 15, 2006 - 6:49am

As the industry prepares for very light jets (VLJs) to live up to their billing to transform personal transportation, air-taxi and charter operations, members of the Aviation Insurance Association recently gathered for their annual conference in Grapevine, Texas, to consider risk exposure implications and market opportunities if the VLJ phenomenon turns its promoters’ rosiest visions into reality.