With the final report by a joint Peruvian-U.S. investigation due before the end of last month, conflicting reports are emerging from a variety of sources, most of which place the blame on the pilot of the missionary-operated Cessna 185 shot down by Peruvian military jets on April 20.
Aviation International News » May 2002
Several new services and alliances have been added to Flightneeds.com, a Web site providing weather data, FBO information, airport descriptions, charter guides and other flight-planning resources. Among the new additions is “FBO pre-advisal,” which permits pilots to go online, contact participating FBOs and order fuel, rental cars, hotel reservations, ramp space, conference rooms, newspapers and other amenities.
Despite a slowing economy that is diminishing the rate of orders for some business jet manufacturers, delivery rates for many other manufacturers are holding firm. For example, Boeing reports that it delivered eight Boeing Business Jets in the first half of this year, the same number it delivered in the first half of last year. Since being introduced in 1996, 36 BBJs have entered service.
With the exception of the Falcon 900C, deliveries in the first half of this year of the other three Falcon models increased significantly over the same period last year: 48 airplanes vs 38. Compared with deliveries through the first six months of last year (shown in parentheses), the French manufacturer said for this year it delivered: 23 Falcon 2000s (15); 12 Falcon 900EXs (11); nine Falcon 50EXs (eight) and four Falcon 900Cs (four).
French aerospace firms Dassault Aviation and Onera have signed an agreement to work on research and development that rekindle Dassault’s interest in possibly developing a supersonic business jet (SSBJ). Onera is an aircraft design testing specialist. The agreement covers business aircraft, including the Falcon family and an SSBJ.
Bombardier plans to increase the maximum takeoff weight of the Learjet 45 by at least 800 lb, bringing the mtow to 21,300 lb. With the improved weight vs payload capabilities, the Learjet 45 will now be able to take eight passengers on longer flights, such as Moscow to Madrid or Cairo to Paris, according to Bombardier.
A push to entice corporate operators into considering pre-owned, non-airline derivatives of the Saab 340A and 340B, which are no longer in production, has been launched jointly by Sweden’s Saab Aircraft Leasing and FBO chain Piedmont Hawthorne of Winston-Salem, N.C.
Eurocontrol’s provisional council has given the go-ahead for the implementation of reduced vertical separation minimums (RVSM) in Europe starting next January 24, subject to final safety checks being satisfied next month.
Business aviation tried to avoid getting caught in the crossfire of rhetoric at the July 16 House aviation subcommittee hearings on air-traffic congestion in the New York metropolitan area, specifically at La Guardia Airport (LGA). The field hearing took place at New York City’s World Trade Center, in front of a phalanx of network news cameras. Led by subcommittee chairman Rep.
Deliveries of new Gulfstream IV-SPs and GVs in the first half of this year kept pace with the same period last year, although sales volume for the second quarter was down compared with the year-ago period, according to the Savannah, Ga.-based manufacturer. The company said it delivered 19 GIV-SPs in the first half, the same as in the corresponding period last year.