Aviation International News » May 2010

April 30, 2010 - 6:09am

Officials from the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In and the Polk County (Fla.) School Board last month broke ground on a $7.5 million facility that will house the Central Florida Aerospace Academy (CFAA), an aviation-oriented high school/career academy at the Sun ’n’ Fun organization’s Lakeland (Fla.) Airport headquarters. The facility will house up to 500 high school students at CFAA when it opens in August next year.

April 30, 2010 - 6:08am

David Rimmer, executive v-p of Ronkonkoma, N.Y.-based ExcelAire, told AIN that he believes the charter industry is entering its next upcycle.

April 30, 2010 - 6:07am

Garmin announced at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., last month that its Pilot My-Cast aviation weather, flight planning and flight-plan filing application for U.S. and Canadian pilots is now available for Google Android smartphones. The application is also available on BlackBerry, iPhone and Windows Mobile smartphones. Subscriptions cost $9.99 per month.

April 30, 2010 - 6:06am

Hawker Beechcraft revamped its global sales management team with the appointment of six new vice presidents. On the Hawker side of the company, Jim Christiansen, most recently president of NetJets Aviation, was chosen as v-p of sales for the central U.S.

April 30, 2010 - 6:05am

Cessna Aircraft celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Caravan turboprop single at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In last month in Lakeland, Fla. The manufacturer expects to deliver its 2,000th Caravan, a Grand Caravan, later this year. The Caravan fleet has logged more than 12.5 million flight hours.

April 30, 2010 - 6:04am

Just shy of four years since voting in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, the pilots at fractional provider Flight Options approved their first contract early last month. In late January, the pilot group and company management reached a tentative agreement, which was subsequently approved by 88 percent of the union’s members.

April 30, 2010 - 6:01am

The fatal runway overrun accident of a Learjet 60 on Sept. 19, 2008, in Columbia, S.C., has generated a flood of information about the dangers of low tire pressure and aborted takeoffs.

April 30, 2010 - 5:13am

Greatly underinflated tires and a rejected takeoff after V1 were the probable causes of the 2008 crash of a Learjet 60 while attempting to depart the Columbia (S.C.) Metropolitan Airport (CAE) for a nighttime flight to Van Nuys, Calif., according to the NTSB.

April 30, 2010 - 5:00am

A lawsuit recently filed involving a charter operator versus the Massachusetts airport at which it is based could set a precedent regarding what constitutes an ATC clearance.

April 30, 2010 - 4:54am

The first geostationary satellite for India’s Gagan GPS space-based augmentation system (SBAS)–essentially similar to Waas–was lost on April 15 when its launch rocket’s second-stage cryogenic engine failed to ignite. That followed the early-April loss of Intelsat’s Galaxy 15 geosat, which was carrying the FAA’s Pacific Waas transponder.