Aviation International News » March 2010

February 18, 2010 - 5:17am

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, the union for Flight Options’ 500 pilots, early last month reached a tentative agreement for a first contract with the Cleveland-based fractional provider. The agreement comes some four years after the union came on the property and, if ratified, will end years of sometimes acrimonious negotiations.

February 18, 2010 - 4:50am

Bombardier named classical music star Lang Lang as one of its business aircraft brand ambassadors. According to the Canadian airframer, the classical pianist’s need for flexibility, comfort and timesaving makes him the consummate business traveler–perfectly suited to represent the Learjet, Challenger and Global brands.

February 18, 2010 - 4:41am

Reno, Nev.-based Aerion is evaluating preliminary results of a new global market survey indicating strong demand for its proposed supersonic business jet. Preliminary data of the latest study confirms Aerion’s earlier research, which projected a 10-year market for about 300 supersonic jets. Meanwhile, Aerion plans to conduct a new series of flight tests on its natural laminar flow (NLF) wing design at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center.

February 18, 2010 - 4:25am

The Dassault Falcon 7X received its type certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. All in-production Falcon models are now certified in that country, the France-based manufacturer added. Dassault plans to deliver three of the 5,950-nm-range trijets in China by the end of this month. “We’ve been waiting for China to emerge as a strong force for several years.

February 18, 2010 - 4:19am

The trial of Michael and Paul Brassington, John Kimberling, Brien McKenzie and pilot Francis Vieira, executives and employees of now defunct Platinum Jet Management, has been rescheduled for May 11 to give both sides more time to prepare.

February 18, 2010 - 4:17am

Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is planning to expand into manufacturing civil aircraft, with possible programs including a sub-100-seat airliner and a business jet. The company aims to increase its civil business to 50 percent, up from the current 35 percent, according to executive vice president and general manager for marketing Enes Park.

February 17, 2010 - 8:37am

Despite the difficulties it has faced in obtaining development funding for its SF50 Vision jet single, Minn.-based Cirrus Aircraft still describes its personal jet program as its “absolute top priority.” During a live Web cast last month company president and CEO Brent Wouters told order holders that while he didn’t know when the $1.72 million aircraft would enter the market, the company has formulated several cash flow-based production timeli

February 17, 2010 - 8:24am

AircraftLogs.com announced reporting enhancements that capture performance metrics for flight departments. The company’s online system can track three broad categories of non-financial metrics–aircraft utilization, passenger data and strategic alignment. With these metrics, flight departments can better understand the utilization of the corporate aircraft while evaluating
the operation’s efficiency.

February 17, 2010 - 8:23am

A fuel-flow restriction at the fuel/oil heat exchanger (FOHE) on the right engine and “most likely” on the left-hand FOHE resulted in the January 2008 crash of a 777

February 17, 2010 - 8:21am

The FAA’s January 2010 Business Jet Report shows total business jet operations worldwide down 19.6 percent last year compared with 2008. Total operations climbed from nearly four million per year in 2001 to a peak of more than 4.8 million in 2007, then dropped to less than 4.3 million in 2008 and 3.5 million last year. In the U.S., the top five destinations are Teterboro, Dulles, Westchester County, Dallas Love Field and Houston Hobby.