The dawn of the very light jet (VLJ) is nearly upon us, with the first, the Eclipse 500, set to receive FAA certification in June. Hot on the heels of the Eclipse VLJ is Cessna’s Citation Mustang and 10 other potential competitors.
Aviation International News » March 2006
NetJets Europe will hire more than 100 pilots this year–the largest intake of aircrew since the fractional ownership program started in 1996. It is looking for applicants with a minimum of 1,500 hours total flying time, 500 hours multi-engine time, a valid European Union passport and a full European air transport pilots license.
The use of thrust reversers to shorten landing distance is a great benefit to aviation. But according to the Safety Board, relying too much on that benefit could lead pilots into landing with minimal safety margins.
The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch has launched a formal investigation into the factors leading to the February 5 overrun of a German-registered Challenger 604, D-ABCD, at London Luton Airport. Operated by Cirrus Aviation, a Lufthansa partner carrier, the flight originated from Geneva and was carrying three crew and one passenger. There were no injuries to the occupants and no significant damage to the aircraft.
Some flight departments employ independent contractors as a way to keep their costs in check. However, with the IRS taking a new interest in the “independent contractor classification,” companies might want to take a closer look at this plan and its tax and liability implications.
A Tri-Coastal Airlines Metro crashed in a “nose-down, near-vertical attitude” near Paris, Tenn., while on a cargo flight from Dayton, Ohio, to Harlingen, Texas, on February 8. The sole-occupant pilot was killed.
In an unusual move, Air Tractor has established a college education fund for children of pilots who are killed in accidents involving the company’s aerial application aircraft. The fund is being financed from the profit on sales of Air Tractor replacement batteries. According to a company executive in Olney, Texas, there has been an average of five to six fatal accidents annually in the last five years.
Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita last month announced it is acquiring BAE Systems’ aerostructures division. To be known as Spirit AeroSystems Europe, the enterprise will produce structural components for Airbus and Boeing airliners, as well as for the Raytheon Hawker 800XP.
All six people aboard a King Air 200 that crashed in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., on February 3 were killed. Witnesses told the NTSB that N266EB, operating under Part 91, had made an initial approach to Runway 23 at Grand Strand Airport and “fishtailed” about 20 feet above the runway.
Jet Aviation has opened an office in São Paulo, Brazil, to offer aircraft charter, management and sales in Latin America. The Swiss group’s new premises are located close to São Paulo’s Congonhas Airport, the city’s main gateway for business aircraft. Jet Aviation has hired two former executives from the corporate aviation division
of Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer to run the new Latin American operation.