Universal Weather & Aviation relocated its New York-area flight planning facility from Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, N.Y., to Jet Aviation’s FBO at Teterboro Airport (TEB), N.J. The new office, which houses the same sales staff, will offer a customer service desk, access to Jet Aviation’s pilot lounge and lobby area and more space for additional weather equipment.
Aviation International News » November 2003
The commission investigating the 9/11 terror attacks is subpoenaing documents it says the FAA has withheld. The documents ostensibly would clear up an apparent conflict on when ATC first notified the North American Aerospace Defense Command that airliners had been hijacked. The FAA testified that Norad was notified almost immediately, but Norad testified it wasn’t notified for 30 minutes.
Many operators are installing 406-MHz emergency locator transmitters in place of the 121.5-MHz units as the January 1 deadline approaches on a new regulation (FAR 91.207) that requires all U.S.-registered jets with maximum payloads of less than 18,000 pounds–virtually all business jets except business jetliners–to be equipped with an ELT.
“Welcome to Lear Jet Country,” a marketing slogan that attached itself to the early-20-series Lear Jet, is likely to be remembered only by industry old-timers who recall the airplane’s ability to take off and climb to 41,000 feet without effort. It is a capability that disappeared with the advent of the Learjet 35/36.
As a group, the four largest fractional operators reported pilot hiring activity significantly off from what it was a year ago, according to AIR Inc., the Atlanta firm that tracks the aviation job market. In the first nine months of this year, AIR Inc. said NetJets, Flight Options, CitationShares and Flexjet hired a total of just 148 pilots compared with 997 in the same period last year.
Montreal-based Innotech-Execaire has been authorized by Delta Air Lines’ business jet charter operation, Delta AirElite, to be its first Canadian affiliate partner. Under the authorization, Innotech-Execaire can fly Delta AirElite Members and charter passengers to point-to-point destinations within Canada. The Canadian company operates and manages about a dozen jets, including Challengers, Hawkers and a Citation Excel.
Weather-data provider Meteorlogix introduced AviationWatch, a so-called “smart weather” briefing and alerting service for pilots that can be accessed on the ground and in the cockpit. Meteorlogix currently powers MxVision AviationSentry for a number of FBOs and corporate flight departments and maintains an online product that gives subscribers access to weather data over the Internet.
When the Citation Sovereign receives certification, expected before year-end, it will include modifications that reduce lateral control forces. According to Cessna, initial flight tests showed lateral forces at high speeds of 40 to 50 pounds for roll rates of less than 10 degrees per second.
Rockwell Collins, known primarily for its avionics products, will enter the simulator market by acquiring NLX Holding from Arlington Capital Partners, a Washington, D.C. private-equity firm. NLX, based in Sterling, Va., builds civil and military simulators and has provided business aircraft simulators to SimuFlite and Pan Am International Flight Academy.
Eric Byer, who has been manager of legislative affairs for the National Air Transportation Association for the last five years, has been promoted to director of government and industry affairs. Byer replaced Jeb Burnside, who had been head of that department and an NATA v-p since December 2001.