In mid-2002, former Pilatus Business Aircraft COO Thomas Bosshard was named president and CEO of that U.S. subsidiary of the Swiss manufacturer of the PC-12 turboprop single. Now, Bosshard, a Swiss national, is returning to Switzerland, where he has been promoted to COO of parent company Pilatus Aircraft. Thomas Hunziker, also a Swiss national, is the new president and CEO of the U.S. unit in Broomfield, Colo. He joined Pilatus in 1999.
Aviation International News » May 2006
Amnesty International last month released a report (http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGAMR510572006) on the alleged illegal transfer of suspected terrorists between countries via chartered aircraft.
Bombardier Aerospace’s performance improved in FY2006, primarily the result of a continued strong business jet market. According to financial results for the fiscal year ending January 31, the regional aircraft market presented “significant challenges,” but the business jet market remained strong with a “45-percent boost in deliveries.
Now that Sabreliner has sold its Midcoast Aviation subsidiary to Jet Aviation, the St. Louis-based firm is “intensifying its efforts” to support the Sabreliner business jet. The company said it is “exploring the feasibility of several enhancements” to the fleet, which numbers nearly 300 worldwide.
Raytheon Aircraft joined Gulfstream Aerospace as the only major business aircraft OEMs to elevate the head of product support to the presidential level. The Wichita-based manufacturer named Randy Groom president of global customer service and support. Ed Dolanski, who had handled aftermarket services as v-p of customer support for the past five years, joined another Raytheon subsidiary.
Flight Options recently became the first fractional provider approved by the FAA to participate in the Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP). The program, already widely in use by the airlines, is meant to enhance aviation safety through crews’ voluntarily reporting of “critical safety information.”
May 8 is the comment deadline for a notice of proposed rulemaking to incorporate technology to reduce flammability exposure in transport aircraft fuel tanks. The proposal, published last November, would cover both new and in-production transport-category airplanes with a payload capacity of 7,500 pounds or more, as well as some 3,200 in-service Airbus and Boeing airplanes with center fuel tanks.
Falcon 7X S/N 002 (F-WTDA) last month completed five days of cold-soak trials at Iqaluit and Resolute Bay in northern Canada. The snow was high and temperatures during the tests fell as low as -33 degrees C (-27 degrees F).
With Duluth, Minn.-based Cirrus Design set to be a first-time exhibitor at this month’s EBACE, the speculation is that the company will finally unveil its long talked-about single-engine very light jet at the European show. In November, the company promised that “over the coming months, more details will emerge around the Cirrus personal jet.”
Piaggio Aero Industries is preparing to launch a jet program before year-end. The Italian airframer is debating which of two designs to take into development, but early last month it said it first had to reach agreement with a strategic partner it needs to make the project a reality.