A California congressman has picked up the cudgel in the mistaken detention at gunpoint of John and Martha King of King Schools on August 28, and the incident prompted him to join the House GA Caucus.
Aviation International News » November 2010
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) announced the rebranding of its Premier light jet as the Hawker 200 and introduced the King Air 250, a replacement for the King Air 200GT, at the NBAA Convention. The company also announced an upgrade program for the Hawker 400XP that will include new engines.
The Premier/Hawker 200 re-branding is one result of customer surveys and usage analysis Wichita-based HBC recently conducted.
Recent pilot reports have suggested that French civil aviation authorities are requiring foreign operators to demonstrate that they have a safety management system (SMS) or flight operations quality assurance (Foqa) program before they grant traffic rights.
Stephen Pope, a senior editor of Aviation International News and editor of Business Jet Traveler magazine, has won this year’s NBAA Gold Wing Award for his story “Bizav shines in Haitian earthquake relief effort” in the February 2010 issue of Aviation International News.
Discussing the recession and predictions of a business aviation industry recovery, Hawker Beechcraft chairman and CEO Bill Boisture recently told AIN there have been some positive signals, including an increase in flight hours and revenue from service and parts sales. But he also sounded a note of caution.
Eurocopter has officially opened an Indian subsidiary in a move to tackle the local market. The helicopter manufacturer has only 23 customers there but wants to take advantage of a 20-percent annual growth. New Delhi-headquartered Eurocopter India, which is expecting to increase its current 30-strong workforce, also plans to set up a maintenance network.
Sojourn Aviation, a new independent global aircraft sales company founded by former Hawker Beechcraft president Brad Hatt, was officially launched last month at the NBAA Convention. The company is providing consulting services, aircraft acquisitions, brokerage, management services and sales of business aircraft, ranging from turboprops to heavy corporate jets.
Just a month after regaining positive momentum, business aviation flight activity slipped into negative territory in September, falling 1.1 percent year-over-year, according to TraqPak data released by aviation services company Argus. Activity was down nearly across the board, though midsize jet flying did increase 3.7 percent and fractional flying inched up by 1.1 percent.
The National Aeronautic Association confirmed that a Bombardier Learjet 60XR set a speed record between Wichita and São Paulo. The midsize jet flew the 4,777-nm trip in 11:58 hours, which included time for a fuel stop in Cali, Colombia, on August 8. Piloting the Learjet on the record flight were Bombardier demonstration pilots Chris Walker and Kerry Swanson.
Signature Flight Support launched iFBO, a new iPhone application to provide customers with handheld access to key flight-planning and service information. The free iFBO App can be downloaded from Apple’s iTunes store for the iPhone and iPad. It includes three key functionalities: a fuel calculator, a Signature location database and a favorites section.