Aviation International News » March 2009

February 27, 2009 - 11:04am

Boston-based charter broker Magellan Jets last month launched its Voyager Program, which entitles members to guaranteed hourly rates on various aircraft; a scheduled departure guarantee (or a 10-percent discount on the traveler’s next flight); three aircraft upgrades per year; concierge service; and one-way and round-trip pricing.

February 27, 2009 - 11:02am

Citing changes in the economy, charter management firm FirstFlight has sold its West Coast division less than a year after launching it. Richard Hodkinson, who served as president of the division, plans to re-launch the business from its Van Nuys facility as JetCore.

February 27, 2009 - 11:01am

European very light jet charter service Blink has launched what it claims to be business aviation’s first frequent-flier program. Through BlinkFocus, customers can bank 10 percent of the value of their charter bookings made at “full fare” rates to use for subsequent flights. There is no limit to the amount of credit that can be accrued and it never expires, according to the company.

February 27, 2009 - 10:54am

Delta Air Lines plans to base a new subsidiary in Minneapolis that would take over all customer service duties for Delta Connection unit Comair and Northwest Airlink carriers Mesaba and Compass Airlines by this year’s third quarter, according to an internal memo sent to employees.

February 27, 2009 - 10:44am

ATR took in record revenues of $1.3 billion in 2008 and says that despite the financial crisis it will top that figure this year. John Moore, the company’s senior vice president commercial, told AIN that when Toulouse, France-based ATR made predictions at the beginning of last year, the 2009 market conditions were “not expected by anybody.”

February 27, 2009 - 10:43am

Avions de Transport Regional has scheduled the first flight of a prototype ATR 72-600 regional turboprop for early this summer, following completion of the first “power-on” test in December in Toulouse, France. The ATR 42/72 variant that will supersede the -500 features a new flight deck supplied by Thales.

February 27, 2009 - 10:33am

Bombardier Learjet 35A, Goodland, Kan., Oct. 17, 2007–The pilot’s failure to maintain control of the Learjet was the cause of its running off the runway on landing at Renner Field, according to the NTSB.

February 27, 2009 - 10:32am

Hughes 369A, Moulton, Ala., May 13, 2007–The NTSB blamed the crash of the 369 on the separation of its main rotor blade from its tension torsion bar, but
the Board could not determine a reason for the separation. The pilot had recently bought the helicopter and an annual inspection was done just before the sale.
A main rotor blade was replaced and

February 27, 2009 - 10:31am

Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante, Pownal, Vt., Aug. 4, 2006–The NTSB blamed the crash of the AirNow EMB-110 on the ATP-rated pilot’s misinterpretation of the airplane’s position relative to the final approach fix. Contributing to the accident were low clouds.

February 27, 2009 - 10:29am

The NTSB is continuing its investigation into the fatal January 4 crash of a PHI-operated 2006 Sikorsky S-76C++ near Morgan City, La. Tear-down and tests of all critical components thus far have revealed no anomalies, but the CVR’s cockpit and area microphones picked up a “loud noise,” followed by an ongoing increase in “background” noise, at the time the helicopter abruptly lost torque in both engines.