Silentium Air introduced its 300 series, a customized noise-reduction kit developed expressly for the Bombardier Challenger 300.
Aviation International News » June 2010
The HondaJet program has once again been delayed. Honda Aircraft began notifying buyers last month that delivery of the first HA-420 HondaJet is now planned for the third quarter of 2012. “Regrettably we’ve experienced delays in some components,” a HondaJet spokesman told AIN. He declined to identify the suppliers involved in the latest setback for the program.
Five years after the February 2005 Challenger overrun at Teterboro–one of the most notorious accidents in business aviation history–the FAA has again suspended the charter operating certificate of one of the companies peripherally involved, Darby Aviation of Sheffield, Ala.
Eurocontrol appears to be close to finally approving the funding and development of its ETS Support Facility, which would give business aircraft operators a relatively cost-effective way of meeting their obligations to monitor, report and verify carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions under Europe’s emissions trading scheme (ETS).
It has been almost nine years since terrorists showed the world how easy it was to hijack fuel-laden airliners and use them as missiles on Sept. 11, 2001. The events of that day will never be forgotten and to this day continue to reverberate throughout many industries, particularly aviation. Oddly, although the terrorists chose to turn airliners into weapons, it was general aviation that was more severely punished.
European charter operator VistaJet reports that revenues grew by 20 percent last year and that the company has expanded its fleet of Bombardier jets to 26 from 19 and will take delivery of a total of five jets this year. “There was a huge sea-change as of about mid-February,” said VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr, “after January had been slightly up.
St. Augustine Airport in northeast Florida is now the Northeast Florida Regional Airport at St. Augustine. The renaming is intended to facilitate the transition into an asset to help boost local economic growth and attract more aviation-related businesses. The airport is currently served by FBO Galaxy Aviation as well as the airport authority, which rents hangars and sells self-serve avgas.
Phillips 66 Aviation is offering a $1-per-gallon rebate to qualifying pilots flying Angel Flight Northeast and Mercy Medical Airlift missions, when fuel is purchased using the Phillips 66 aviation credit card at Phillips 66-branded FBOs.
The FAA seems to have been extraordinarily busy of late finding incidents of non-compliance with regulations. The result is what seems to be a high number of civil penalties assessed against operators, from airlines to tiny flight schools, for infractions ranging from non-compliance with Airworthiness Directives to flying
Honeywell’s engine division scored a unique opportunity last month when two TPE331-5 engines arrived at the company’s Phoenix headquarters. The two engines were removed from a Dornier Do-228 operated by the UK’s National Environment Research Council on flights into volcanic ash clouds resulting from the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano. The Dornier flew 10 hours in the heart of the ash cloud and 22 hours in the outer zone.