Raytheon Aircraft Corp. (RAC), which lost millions of dollars last year, has placed on hold further development of the Hawker 450, a twin- engine light midsize business jet that had been tentatively scheduled to enter service in 2006. Development of the jet was announced at the NBAA Convention in 2000.
Aviation International News » March 2002
The FAA on January 29 issued a notice of proposed special conditions for the Eclipse 500, which, if implemented, would require the twin-engine super-light jet to include an engine-fire extinguishing system in its design.
Nailing down financing continues to be the focus of the Leopard Six project at Chichester-Miles Consultants in England. “The main point is getting investing,” Ian Chichester-Miles told AIN. “But it is not so much a matter of finding investors, but rather of finding investment packages that will make sense profit-wise.
American Eagle executives planned to meet with FAA officials last month to discuss the Dallas-based airline’s alleged violations of hazardous-materials regulations. The FAA alleges that on one occasion in 2000 American Eagle transported an oxygen generator as cargo aboard a passenger flight. It also claims that Eagle improperly offered oxygen generators to Federal Express for shipment by air on seven separate occasions.
High-visibility jackets have become an essential sartorial requirement for flight crews visiting the UK, following a directive by the Civil Aviation Authority concerning airside safety management. Although first issued in 1998, the effect of these requirements has taken time to become widely established since some of the smaller airfields have yet to implement them.
In aviation, the old saying goes, “You don’t want to lose the ratings and certificates that you’ve already got.” And it’s nearly that time again–time to renew your flight instructor certificate, that is.
Jet-Care International has recently upgraded its corporate aircraft from a Piper Malibu piston single to a new Cessna CJ1. The UK-based specialist in aero-engine oil and debris analysis took delivery of the new aircraft in August and is keeping it busy with flights all around Europe, including to its new laboratory in Basel, Switzerland. The company also provides engine condition trend monitoring (ECTM) using gas path analysis (GPA).
There was little time for talking in the office of Addie Fanguy, division manager for Million Air NEW, as the onslaught of Super Bowl traffic began arriving on Friday, February 1. Battling slot restrictions and constricting temporary flight restrictions, the New Orleans Lakefront Airport facility was prepared to take on the challenges and coordinated effort such large events require.
From Friday, February 1 through the morning of Super Bowl Sunday two days later, Retha Slade, customer service manager for General Aviation Corp. at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), placed Mardi Gras beads around the necks of unsuspecting flight crews and customers as they entered the company’s newly completed FBO on the north end of the field.
Despite the current economic downturn, French charter operator Leadair Unijet is rejuvenating its fleet. The Le Bourget-based company is also dropping “Leadair” to make its name simpler. Additionally, Unijet recently opened a broker office in New York and now offers flights to U.S. customers traveling to a major European airline hub and wanting to continue their trip with a business jet.