Aircell announced that it will charge a flat monthly fee of $1,495 for unlimited access to its air-to-ground broadband data service by business aviation users. “We believe all-you-can-use pricing makes the most sense for the business aviation market,” said CEO Jack Blumenstein, adding that per-passenger pricing models will be rolled out for fractional jet owners after the broadband service debuts later this year.
Aviation International News » June 2008
Rolls-Royce last month made the first run of the 16,000-pound-thrust BR725 engine at its facility in Dahlewitz, Germany. The turbofan was selected to power the new Gulfstream G650, which was unveiled in mid-April. Initial flight-test engines will be delivered to Gulfstream later this year, and the G650 is slated to fly in the second half of next year.
Seventeen Gulfstreams with recently overhauled Rolls-Royce Spey or Tay engines were grounded last month when a problem was discovered with the engines’ air control actuator (ACA), a key fuel control component. All the engines were being, or had recently been, overhauled by either Rolls-Royce or BizJet International. According to Gulfstream, three of the aircraft were already in scheduled maintenance at the time.
Gulfstream Aerospace is the first aircraft manufacturer to receive FAA Organizational Designation Authorization (ODA), which allows the company to act on the agency’s behalf to examine initial phase manufacturing of its own aircraft designs, production quality and airworthiness in Savannah, Ga.
U.S. District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper has overturned the NTSB’s probable cause of a November 2003 midair between two helicopters at Zamperini Field in Torrance, Calif. Cooper ruled that the government, “acting by and through the conduct of its ATC, their supervisors and the FAA,” caused serious injuries to Robinson R22 student pilot Gavin Heyworth and the death of R44 pilots Robert Bailey and Brett Boyd.
Embraer achieved two milestones on April 29, the first flight of the Phenom 300 light jet and the first time any airplane has made a first flight from Embraer’s private Unidade Gavião Peixoto Airport in Brazil. The Phenom 300 first flight was about three months ahead of schedule, according to Henrique Langenegger, vice president of programs, executive jets. At the controls were Capt.
A recent ruling by India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will bar expatriates from holding right-seat airline positions beginning this month. Expatriates can still apply for captain positions, but right-seat pilots will lose their FATA (Foreign Air pilots Temporary Authority), which allows them to operate in India on the validity of their national licenses.
SATSair, the largest Cirrus SR22 on-demand charter operator in the U.S., reported a 60-percent increase in the number of flights last year and booked an average of three flights per day into all the major economic centers in South Carolina, including Greenville, Charleston, Hilton Head, Columbia and Myrtle Beach.
Piaggio Avanti fractional provider Avantair is narrowing its losses and on course to reach profitability in the near future, company CEO Steven Santo said May 14 during a quarterly investor conference. In the first three months of this year, the Clearwater, Fla.-based operator increased its year-over-year revenues by 51 percent, to $29.9 million, and decreased its net loss by $2 million, to $5.4 million.
Accusing the Flight Options management team of being “out of touch with its pilots’ legitimate career aspirations,” the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, which represents the pilots at the fractional, last month filed for mediation with the National Mediation Board.