Europe’s JAA has issued type certificate endorsement for the Gulfstream IV and IV-SP, effectively recommending the business jets for approval by the JAA’s 25-member nations. Meanwhile, Gulfstream continues its long-time effort at obtaining JAA certification of its GV. According to Gulfstream v-p and chief engineer Dick Johnson, the company is currently involved in the fourth of five structural tests required by the JAA.
Aviation International News » October 2001
Gulfstream Aerospace plans to cut about 480 people from its workforce of 8,000, citing a drop in business jet orders in response to the slowing economy. The Savannah, Ga.-based manufacturer laid off 200 employees last fall. Gulfstream, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, also revealed it will cut back production of GIV-SPs and GVs by 11 to 15 percent, or about eight to 10 aircraft this year.
Montreal-based Air Canada will convert up to four of its Boeing 737s into 48-seat business jets and place them into the airline’s new on-demand and contract charter service, AC Jetz. Air Canada will assign dedicated flight crews. “Our specialized jet charter business will allow Air Canada to reassign surplus capacity in a cost-effective manner while generating new revenues in a profitable market segment,” said v-p of new business Bill Bredt.
EVAS Worldwide, an affiliate of Ramsey, N.J.-based Aircraft Services Group, said its $11,950 Emergency Vision Assurance System (EVAS) personal cockpit smoke-displacement unit received certification for use in the Challenger 600, 601 and 604. The company expects STCs to be awarded soon on the Global Express and King Air series. Approvals are also pending for the Falcon 50 and 50EX, Beechjet and Airbus A320.
The comment period closing date has been suspended indefinitely on a DOT proposal to adopt “market based” solutions to relieve airport congestion and delays. If adopted, landing fees could soar for business and commercial operators.
Buoyed by the success of its three-year ADS-B (automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast) operational evaluation project, named Capstone and centered on Bethel in western Alaska, the FAA plans next year to increase the number of participants and to implement a second, broadly similar project centered on Juneau, Alaska.
PrivatAir has begun feasibility studies into launching scheduled flights from Geneva to New York using a 48-seat Boeing Business Jet. The service would aim to be the first ever “FBO to FBO” scheduled commercial air service, and would initially be built on the travel needs of three or four noncompeting corporations with major offices in Geneva, where PrivatAir is headquartered.
Investigators have started their probe into the crash of a Universal Jet Aviation (Boca Raton, Fla.) Learjet 25B, N5UJ, as it was taking off from Pittsburgh International Airport at about 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Pilots Chris Mitchell and Harry Fitts, the jet’s only occupants, were killed when the airplane crashed and burned on the left side of Runway 28L. Weather was reported as 10 mi visibility, with wind 200 deg at five knots.
The NTSB is examing the structural integrity of the all-composite tail of the Airbus A300-600 that crashed November 12 after liftoff from New York JFK Airport. During an encounter with wake turbulence, the tail of the twin-engine airliner tore away virtually intact. Today’s business jets use a wide variety of composite parts, including Raytheon Aircraft, whose Premier I has an all-composite fuselage.
DeCrane Aircraft Systems’ PATS unit recently completed a 42,000-sq-ft expansion of its facility at Sussex County Airport in Georgetown, Del. The two hangars can now simultaneously accommodate up to five Boeing Business Jets. PATS is an authorized BBJ service center and recently began interior completions on a BBJ. PATS is the Boeing-authorized installation facility for BBJ winglets and long-range auxiliary fuel systems.