The first customer Hawker 4000, which was delivered to cigarette wholesaler Gary Hall in June, was seized along with other assets on Friday by the U.S. government as part of a 43-count federal fraud indictment. According to the U.S.
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NTSB Administrative Law Judge William Pope II last month reversed an FAA emergency order of revocation issued in June that grounded Punta Gorda, Fla.-based aeromed transport company Air Trek. During last month’s NTSB hearing, the law judge found only two violations related to flight operations that occurred at Air Trek’s Winchester, Va. base, which was closed more than a year before the revocation order.
London, Ontario-based OurPlane–a fractional provider of “new light aircraft”–made a bid to purchase the entire fleet of 28 Eclipse 500s formerly operated by DayJet. OurPlane said it submitted a “fair offer reflecting the current market value for the Eclipse jets.” Company president and CEO Graham Casson told AIN that the bid is more than JetsAmerica’s previous offer of $500,000 each but less than $1.5 million apiece.
The NTSB said both main tires blew before the Learjet 60 (N999LJ) overran Runway 11 and crashed while taking off from Columbia (S.C.) Metropolitan Airport just before midnight on September 19. The two crewmembers and two passengers were killed; two other passengers suffered serious injuries and have recovered.
JetDirect Aviation, the former charter arm of the now-defunct Sentient Jet Holdings, laid off approximately 20 employees late last month. The company has been slowly eliminating administrative positions for the past three months in an attempt to “right-size” following the numerous acquisitions under the Sentient banner, according to JetDirect senior vice president of marketing Gil Wolin.
After nearly 30 years with the FAA, associate administrator for aviation safety Nick Sabatini will retire effective January 3, the agency announced last month. In the post, Sabatini has overseen regulation and certification matters at the agency. He will be replaced by Peggy Gilligan, deputy associate administrator for aviation safety. Sabatini has been associate administrator for aviation safety since June 2001.
Despite what parent company General Dynamics chairman and CEO Nicholas Chabraja termed a “tumultuous period in the markets and dislocation in the financial services sector,” Gulfstream Aerospace “had a terrific [third] quarter.” Aircraft sales in the quarter climbed 4.3 percent as a result of orders for large-cabin Gulfstreams and the new larger-cabin G650, though Chabraja noted there was a “soft spot” in sales of the midsize G150 and, to some
Gulfstream Aerospace at the NBAA Convention last month took the wraps off the G250, a successor to the G200 (née Galaxy), marking the second new aircraft launch this year for the Savannah, Ga.-based manufacturer. The $24 million derivative is expected to address several shortcomings of Gulfstream’s super-midsize business jet offering, including runway performance, range and the lack of a hot-wing de-icing system.
The Transportation Security Administration was scheduled to publish in the Federal Register late last month a proposed set of regulations that, if enacted, will ground every general aviation aircraft with a maximum certified takeoff weight of more than 12,500 pounds.
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