Corporate Jets at Scottsdale Airport, Ariz., recently opened its new 3,000-sq-ft crew lounge. The new facility, on the second floor overlooking the ramp, features three separate seating areas with wall-mounted plasma television screens, kitchen, showers, a conference room and individual flight-planning areas.
Aviation International News » May 2005
Reporting last month on its results for the fiscal year that ended January 31, Bombardier saw a strong year-over-year recovery in its business jet segment. The company said business jet orders were up 69 percent, while deliveries climbed 44 percent. Its share of the business jet market in which it competes, based on deliveries, reached 27 percent versus 20 percent last year, according to the company.
All U.S.-registered Cessna 208 Caravans are covered by a new AD, the result of several accidents during operations in icing conditions, including six accidents in the previous two icing seasons and nine events in the past few months.
Michael Griffin reported to work late last month as the 11th administrator of NASA. By his own admission, Griffin will be “spending a good deal of my time reviewing our progress toward returning the space shuttle safely to flight,” so it remains to be seen if his experience as a flight instructor and instrument-rated multi-engine pilot will result in a renewed emphasis on aeronautics research.
The Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) helping the FAA revise the Part 125/135 rulebook has essentially completed its work, but it is continuing to fine-tune some wording before it turns its recommendations over to the FAA for review before the agency issues a notice of proposed rulemaking.
On April 18 Bombardier delivered the first completed Global 5000, a truncated, shorter-range version of the Global Express. The aircraft, certified last year, is now in service with an unidentified corporate operator based in the Middle East. At press time, Bombardier had delivered the first nine green Global 5000s.
Preventing helicopter fuel contamination is the topic addressed in a March 24 edition of the FAA’s Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin. According to the bulletin, between 1998 and 2004 there were at least 21 rotorcraft accidents due to fuel contamination. The bulletin reminds operators and suppliers to adhere to manufacturer, preflight and maintenance procedures for detecting and eliminating fuel contamination.
Reporting on first-quarter results, General Dynamics (GD) singled out Gulfstream for “superb performance.” According to GD chairman and CEO Nicholas Chabraja, the Savannah, Ga.-based OEM had significant growth in virtually every segment: sales, deliveries, earnings, revenue, margins and backlog. “I think our disciplined approach to cost controls and productivity continues to pay extraordinary dividends,” Chabraja said.
Executive Jet Management reported revenue from its charter business rose by more than 35 percent last year over its 2003 figures. The company also experienced a 35-percent increase in the number of charter hours flown. This year’s charter revenue is projected to increase more than 26 percent over last year’s.
Frasca’s newest flight training device, the Mentor, is being billed by the Urbana, Ill. company as one of the few devices capable of replicating the Garmin G1000 glass cockpit.