In the wake of the August 2006 midair between a Hawker 800XP and a glider, the NTSB has issued a safety recommendation that all sailplanes should have installed and active battery-powered transponders. The collision occurred about 40 miles from Reno/Tahoe International Airport, at an altitude of nearly 16,000 feet.
Aviation International News » May 2008
Hawker Beechcraft has appointed Charles Mayer, a veteran of the luxury automotive industry, vice president of marketing. Mayer has more than 15 years of marketing experience and most recently served as director of marketing, media and advertising for Maserati North America. Before that he led marketing communications and brand strategy for Jaguar Cars North America. He also managed marketing accounts for Cadillac and Saab.
A group of former JetBlue executives has launched a new charter operation designed around the Phenom 100. The company, JetSuite, has placed an order for 100 aircraft–50 firm and 50 options–and plans to lease the aircraft to customers. First deliveries are expected next April. The company has also applied for a Part 135 certificate and plans to launch charter services from bases in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, pending final government approval.
The families of nine people killed in a February 2004 Super King Air crash cannot sue the manufacturer, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District has ruled. The court upheld a lower court’s decision, which stated that the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994 precluded the lawsuit. The act states that manufacturers cannot be held liable if the aircraft is more than 18 years old. The King Air in question was built in 1980.
Cessna will construct a new plant in Wichita to manufacture the Citation Columbus. The Kansas Senate voted to provide $33 million for the project early last month. In other news, Cessna delivered a Mustang in March to the University of Dakota, the first Cessna VLJ to be used by a flight school.
NetJets will remain in Columbus, Ohio, despite fierce competition from cities such as Raleigh, N.C.; Orlando, Fla.; and Fort Worth, Texas. CEO Richard Santulli said the fractional provider will create a $200 million campus that will include a new FlightSafety training facility and will more than double the size of NetJets’ current facility. Santulli expects at least another 800 jobs will be created.
Slot coordination was imposed at Cannes-Mandelieu Airport in the south of France under a trial period that will run from May 23 through October 25. According to Umberto Vallino, the airport’s customer service manager, Cannes has become the first dedicated business aviation airport in Europe to be subject to mandatory arrival and departure slots.
Air Transport Association (ATA) president and CEO James May used a hearing of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming last month as a bully pulpit to bash corporate jets and promote the airlines’ tax agenda.
As the annual NBAA Convention gets ever larger, so too grows the perception that the event tends to focus on and attract operators of larger business aircraft. This perception is driven perhaps partially by the high number of association committee and board volunteers who hail from large aircraft operators.
The third flight-test D-Jet completed a one-hour 25-minute maiden flight April 15 from Diamond Aircraft’s London, Ontario facility. S/N 003 will be used for performance and handling quality refinement, and to develop avionics, fuel, autopilot and anti-ice systems. The airplane will be retrofitted with the Williams FJ33-19 engine later this year, but it won’t be the first D-Jet to fly with the uprated engine.