Rich Gage, president of the Canadian Business Aviation Association (CBAA), told AIN that the new fee structure Nav Canada announced last month will “not have a big impact, one way or another” on business aircraft operators.
Aviation International News » May 2006
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer left no doubt that it plans to become a major player in the business aviation market over the next decade.
German charter operator Cirrus Aviation recently issued a call for 20 cabin attendants to crew its growing fleet of large business jets. In addition to a high level of flexibility and mobility, assignments worldwide require excellent English skills as well as knowledge of another language, “preferably Russian,” the company said.
Manufacturers of very light jets had until early last month to respond to a U.S. Air Force VLJ-capability request for information. While the military branch hasn’t yet opened its wallet to buy any of the small jets, it is interested in learning about what roles they might be able to fill and wants to perform qualification evaluations of the various offerings by year-end. All of the VLJ manufacturers are believed to have responded.
FlightSafety International (FSI) achieved a first recently when it put a Citation Sovereign simulator into service at its Orlando Learning Center. It is the first device with electric motion and control loading approved by the FAA to level-D standards. While the Sovereign is the first to achieve level-D certification, FSI has 36 other electric motion simulators to date, primarily for military aircraft.
Corporate aircraft seating specialist Pacific Aircraft Components is developing its first line of 16-g seats and divans. Meanwhile, the company said it is planning a 10,000-sq-ft expansion of its Palm City, Fla. headquarters in response to significantly improved business.
Eclipse Aviation has begun building a service center at Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport, Fla., for its Eclipse 500 very light twinjet. The 61,000-sq-ft-facility, scheduled to open early next year, will offer scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, including work on the aircraft’s P&WC PW610F engine. The Eclipse 500 is scheduled for certification before the end of next month.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America (MHIA), the Addison, Texas-based subsidiary of the Japanese company that built the MU-2 turboprop twin, has acquired Intercontinental Jet of Tulsa, Okla. The company provides support for about 50 percent of the 400-strong MU-2 fleet. The acquisition will not change the status of Turbine Aircraft Services, according to MHIA.
Dallas-based Associated Air Center, a Landmark Aviation company, has been contracted to do the interior on its 10th Airbus Corporate Jetliner, the most ACJs outfitted by a single location, said a spokesman. The company also expects to complete its 15th and 16th BBJs this year.
Embraer’s support plans for its business aircraft customers include announcing this month details of first-time authorized service centers in Africa and the Middle East and new facilities in Europe. New modules for the Legacy 600 “executive care” program are scheduled to be released in August.