Stockholders approved the merger of White Plains, N.Y.-based K&F Industries Holdings, makers of aircraft brake and fuel components, and avionics manufacturer Meggitt-USA of Simi Valley, Calif., last month. Soon after the announcement, K&F said the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division requested more information about the merger.
Aviation International News » June 2007
The NTSB released preliminary information last month after a Citation II hit terrain during a circling approach to Dillon Airport in southwest Montana, killing both people aboard. According to the report, the ATP-rated owner-pilot was operating the aircraft, which was registered to Hamilton Ranches of Itasca, Ill. The lowest ceiling at the time of the accident was 3,900 feet overcast, and visibility was reported as 10 miles.
Berlin Tempelhof airport operators are challenging recent decisions by both a Berlin lower court and the city authorities to close the downtown airport on October 31 next year. Windrose Air and six other executive air charter operators–AFI, AAF, AeroKing, Heli Union, Rotorflug and TAG–have filed a complaint against the latest judgment with the objective of bringing the dispute to a federal court.
The FAA last month released Airworthiness Directive 2007-10-15, which requires that operators of all 765 U.S.-registered Cessna Caravans install low-airspeed awareness systems at a cost of about $8,200 per airplane. The AD also requires that Cessna-issued AFM Supplement S1–which addresses operations in icing conditions–be incorporated into the Caravan AFM.
Point2Point Airways, the Grand Forks, N.D.-based on-demand “airline style” charter company, ceased operations and laid off all its employees last month. It was formed in 2002 to respond to what it called a lack of connectivity in the Great Plains region.
Aircraft Bluebook, the long-running aircraft price digest, has launched into the 21st century and is available online. Yearly subscriptions are available to complement the
CD-ROM and print versions. The book, which has been published for more than 50 years, allows users to determine the current market value of business aircraft based
Cessna delivered the first Cessna Citation Encore+ last month, nearly five months after receiving FAA type certification. The company expects to deliver another 24 by year-end. The $8.1 million business jet seats between seven and 11 passengers and is equipped with fadec Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW535B engines, the newest member of P&WC’s PW500 line. The newest Encore also has more payload and new interior features.
UK-based charter operator London Executive Aviation, which calls itself the UK’s largest charter operator, was named best general aviation operator for the second consecutive year by the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) recently. The award was chosen by BACA members, 125 companies that provide everything from aircraft charter and brokering to airline and airport support.
The light-airplane segment of the general aviation industry is showing evidence of contracting, but it is too early to determine whether this is a trend that will continue or whether the segment will turn around. General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) statistics for the first quarter show that deliveries of piston-powered airplanes dropped 7.7 percent over the first quarter of last year.
The investigation into why an Embraer Legacy and Gol Airlines Boeing 737 collided over the Amazon jungle last September 29 isn’t expected to conclude for several months, but that hasn’t stopped Brazil’s Federal Police from recommending criminal prosecutions for ExcelAire pilots Joseph Lepore and Jan Paladino.