Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) managed to fly the fourth Superjet 100 prototype for the first time on February 4, notwithstanding continuing delays associated with the airplane’s engines, built by the joint venture between France’s Snecma and Russia’s NPO Saturn known as Powerjet.
Aviation International News » March 2010
Charter operators that are rated by Argus can now run free TripCheq reports for any aircraft listed on that operator’s DO85. According to Argus, this allows charter customers to receive a TripCheq report, for U.S. and international trips, when they ask for a charter quote.
The FAA has rejected a request by the city of Venice, Fla., to downgrade the Venice airport reference code (ARC) to B-II from the existing C-II. The ARC’s first letter signifies the aircraft approach category and the Roman numeral relates to airplane wingspan size. The January 8 FAA letter points out that the city believes that the FAA will permit the ARC downgrade based on fewer than 500 operations per year.
Holland SheltAir Aviation Group has promoted 24-year company veteran John Schmatz to president and recently hired Daniel Walsh as COO of the 13-FBO chain. Walsh previously was vice president of the Tac Air aviation division for Truman Arnold Companies. The company also announced promotion of Michael Kolbert to CFO of Holland SheltAir and Todd Anderson to vice president of Florida real estate and properties.
Two Craig (Florida) Airport FBOs– Craig Air Center and Sky Harbor–have filed a lawsuit against the City of Jacksonville, accusing the city of restricting plans to lengthen the airport’s 4,000-foot runway. The airport is an official reliever airport and as such must meet certain requirements, including having a runway long enough for safe operations.
First Aviation exemplifies the architect’s wisecrack to a client planning expansion: “First, the good news–you have a building in place to work with. Now the bad news–you have a building in place to work with.”
Gary Driggers, vice president of Midcoast Aviation, retired at the end of last year after more than 20 years with the company. Driggers began flying when he joined the Army in 1965 and went into the warrant officer candidate program to fly helicopters.
Elite Aviation entered the maintenance business as a result of lessons learned from contracting out service work on its charter fleet. “As a Part 135 international operation we did much of our own maintenance.
Research conducted by Frost & Sullivan has found that a growing population of wealthy individuals and improving government regulations are making their mark on the business aviation market. As a result of these trends, a greater adoption rate of private business jets can be seen in Asia-Pacific.
“To better support our customers in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, we have appointed Hugh Waud to serve as Hawker Beechcraft’s field service representative based in New Delhi, India,” said Christi Tannahill, vice president for global customer support. Waud will be based at Hawker Beechcraft’s authorized service center, InterGlobe General Aviation.