The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is launching a series of regional forums. The first of the new events will be held at London Biggin Hill Airport on September 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Aviation International News » May 2004
European authorities have again delayed approval for single-engine commercial operations in instrument meteorological conditions (SECIMC). Operators expected clearance this month, but at least 10 months will pass before such flights (roughly equivalent to U.S. SECIFR operations) win approval.
Dassault Falcon Service (DFS) on April 1 officially began operations from Farnborough Airport, the main European business airport rival to Paris Le Bourget, which serves as DFS’s headquarters. DFS president Christian Sasso told AIN that his company has taken an office at Farnborough and that DFS already has a Falcon 900EX registered in the UK.
The NTSB continues its investigation into the April 14 crash of a 1985 King Air 300 while being vectored in VMC to Spruce Creek Airport, a private residential airport community south of Daytona Beach, Fla. One of two occupants suffered serious injuries and the turboprop twin was destroyed when it crash landed in a field.
Nearly $1 million spent on advertising began to materialize on April 26 with the launch of new TV commercials offering free introductory flight certificates from the Be A Pilot program and a $49 first lesson at more than 2,000 flight schools in the U.S. and Canada.
The former v-p of general aviation sales and business development for Air BP, David Brinson, has formed Avian Solutions in Marshall, Va. His new company offers consulting services in the design, construction and management of FBOs, hangars, airports, fuel farms and other segments of the aircraft service industry. Before Joining Air BP, Brinson was general manager for Piedmont Hawthorne at Washington Dulles Airport.
FlightSafety has added Learjet 35/35A and King Air 350 simulators to its training facility at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The FAA level-C device for the Learjet features FlightSafety’s Vital VIII daylight visual system. FlightSafety Atlanta is also equipped with simulators for the Learjet 31A, 45 and 60, and the King Air 200.
Guardian Jet Center, an FBO and Avfuel dealer at Ontario International Airport, Calif., last month opened a 22,000-sq-ft hangar and adjoining 2,000-sq-ft office space. The company, which opened in November 2002, now plans to build a new executive terminal in between the new hangar and an original hangar. Guardian Jet Center is also home of Guardian Air Services, the company’s charter operation, and other aircraft services.
Bombardier delivered its first corporate-owned Challenger 300 to Dean Phillips Inc., a multi-services company based in Quincy, Ill. A Bombardier customer since 1993, Dean Phillips also operates a Learjet 60. Company president Dean Phillips and his wife both have Learjet type ratings. They have also received training to fly the super-midsize business jet.
The FAA will present its seventh seminar on domestic RVSM airspace on June 9 and 10 in Atlanta. The goal of the seminar is to provide regulatory and procedural information on DRVSM. Specific topics include DRVSM program overview, aircraft and operator approval processes, safety and monitoring considerations and ATC programs and policies.