Aviation International News » November 2006

November 7, 2006 - 6:09am

Global charter broker Air Partner International has acquired UK executive charter operator Gold Air for £4.4 million ($8.1 million). From its base at London Biggin Hill Airport, Gold Air now operates six new Learjet 45s and a Hawker 800 under management contracts for their owners.

According to Air Partner managing director David Savile, the company bought Gold Air primarily to ensure a supply of charter capacity for its clients.

November 7, 2006 - 5:41am

A sage old pilot once neatly captured the purpose of business aviation: “People buy airplanes because they want to go places…fast.”

November 7, 2006 - 5:25am

Demand for aircraft charter is rising worldwide, with more businesses and private individuals willing and able to start taking this increasingly attractive alternative to scheduled airline services.

November 7, 2006 - 5:16am

Start-up manufacturer Spectrum Aeronautical announced last month that it has selected the GE/Honda HF120 turbofan engine to power a new $6.2 million (2006 $) midsize business jet called the S-40 Freedom.

With the announcement, Spectrum became the second customer for the 2,050-pound-thrust engine, currently in development and slated for certification in 2009. The S-40’s certification and first deliveries are “targeted for” 2010.

November 7, 2006 - 4:58am

Enormous banners that hung from the façade of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando last month proclaimed the NBAA Convention offered “A year’s worth of business in just three days.” It certainly felt that way.

The record-setting event held from October 17 to 19 was a showcase for airplane introductions, product rollouts and announcements of stratospheric order tallies.

November 7, 2006 - 4:50am

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) and the Transportation Department Inspector General are questioning whether the FAA’s safety inspectors and air traffic controllers will be able to cope with the introduction of very light jets (VLJ) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).

November 7, 2006 - 4:47am

Honeywell Aerospace and Rolls-Royce each expects the world’s business jet OEMs to set a new delivery record next year and establish a strong precedent for a 10-year forecast period during which Honeywell believes the industry will ship more than 12,000 airplanes worth $195 billion.

November 7, 2006 - 4:38am

Scara, a French association of leisure and executive air charter operators, is urging CRPN, the French crew retirement fund that collects contributions from all French-employed pilots, to file a lawsuit against fractional operator NetJets Europe for allegedly violating French labor laws.

November 6, 2006 - 12:24pm

With the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) poised to raise the age limit for commercial pilots to 65 effective November 23, the FAA has convened an aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) to recommend whether the U.S. should adopt the same standard.

November 6, 2006 - 12:20pm

Former Flight Options pilot Franklin Rodriguez last month was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison after pleading guilty last May to smuggling into the U.S. some 200,000 Ecstasy pills while flying a C-5 Galaxy mission from Germany to Stewart Airport in Newburgh, N.Y., for the Air National Guard.

 
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