Kansas City, Mo.-based regional fractional provider Executive AirShare last month took delivery of its first Embraer Phenom 100. Executive AirShare has 44 Phenom 100s and six Phenom 300s on order. The company anticipates that it will be the first to operate the Phenom 100 under FAR Part 135 regulations and the first established fractional provider to operate the type under Part 91K.
Aviation International News » May 2009
Despite an order backlog covering 5,000 aircraft, turbine business aircraft manufacturers are expected to experience the steepest decline in production of any aerospace sector, according to figures revealed by management consultancy AeroStrategy at an aerospace materials conference in Pittsburgh last month.
Embraer’s 100-seat E190 in late March formally began its campaign to gain certification for flights into and out of London City Airport (LCY). The certification, expected by Embraer near the end of this year, would not immediately apply to the Lineage 1000–the executive transport that uses the E190’s airframe. However, Embraer plans to pursue Lineage certification for LCY once it finishes the process for the E190.
Although a number of proposals have been floated to buy the assets of bankrupt very light jet manufacturer Eclipse Aviation, none has attracted enough support or interest from the bankruptcy court to receive final approval.
The FAA relented and on April 24 made its entire birdstrike database available to the public.
Farnborough Aircraft has been rescued from bankruptcy by an as yet undisclosed new investor, who bought the company’s assets and cleared its debts for an undisclosed amount. The UK-based company is now seeking more investors and negotiating new partnership agreements with a view to completing certification of its Kestrel single-engine turboprop.
Bend, Ore.-based Epic Aircraft launched a pair of turbine twins at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., last month. The new $5 million Elegance turboprop twin and $2.2 million Genesis twinjet share the same basic fuselage as the eight-seat Dynasty turboprop single, although the 419-knot, 1,700-nm Elegance is stretched to accommodate 10 while the 395-knot, 1,260-nm Genesis can seat six.
For the upcoming thunderstorm season, the FAA is changing the severe weather avoidance plan (Swap) to cut down on gate holds and takeoff delays associated with route closures. During future Swap events, New York Tracon will staff a phone position to handle alternate routing requests from flight-planning service providers.
A House aviation subcommittee hearing held last month on helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) safety sought to address the high accident rate, which resulted in 13 accidents and 35 fatalities in HEMS operations between December 2007 and October last year. FAA director of flight standards John Allen testified that the FAA is planning a rulemaking for HEMS safety initiatives.
Piper Aircraft president and CEO James Bass said the effect of the U.S. government’s “assault” on general aviation will last longer than the recession.