When Nick Leontidis, CAE’s executive vice president of civil training and equipment, tossed down the gauntlet, saying, “We’re going after FlightSafety…we believe we have a better product to offer…” (AIN, July, page 64), his competitor wasn’t about to let that claim go unchallenged.
Aviation International News » October 2002
Piper is working on boosting the max takeoff weight for its Meridian turboprop single to create a 15-percent increase in useful load. By the end of the year, Piper said it will receive certification of aerodynamic and structural changes to its Meridian that will allow a 242-lb increase in mtow from 4,850 lb to 5,092 lb.
Corporate flight departments around the world have started adopting the new international standards for business aircraft operations (IS-BAO). The code of conduct was launched by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) in April and is intended primarily as a means of compliance with Europe’s new JAR OPS 2 operating requirements for non-commercial business aircraft.
Executive Aircraft Corp. (EAC), founded in 1974 by Stan Roth, has filed a voluntary petition for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11. According to company president Skip Madsen, the move was made necessary by a dramatic decline in aircraft sales.
Cessna Aircraft chairman and CEO Russ Meyer (right) and Avfuel Corp. president and CEO Craig Sincock on August 29 signed an agreement that will reduce fuel costs for operators of any Cessna turbine-powered aircraft.
Currently, 30 dedicated Russian business aviation companies operate about 50 business jets, mostly converted Tupolev Tu-134s, Yakovlev Yak-40s and Yak-42s and Antonov An-74s. The Russian fleet of VIP-configured jets, some of which are in service with airlines, includes between 70 and 80 aircraft.
Competition in the fractional-ownership market is intense, and the players are constantly changing. Inevitably, as in any emerging market, those with the soundest, strongest and most aggressive business plan will likely expand and grow.
“It was definitely our second choice, but it turned out to be a good one.” That’s how corporate air transport manager Rich Sismour characterized GE’s move to Stewart International Airport (SWF) in Newburgh, N.Y., from Westchester County Airport (HPN) in White Plains, N.Y.
Hong Kong helicopter operator Heliservices is getting mixed signals from local authorities, ones it claims affect its ability to stay in business. Heliservices has been providing direct helicopter air-taxi services between Chek Lap Kok Airport and a pair of waterfront sites on Hong Kong proper for several years.
The long-delayed NTSB factual report on the Oct. 17, 2000, midair collision over Southern California’s San Fernando Valley not only states objectively what happened but indicates how accidents more often result from a chain of events and circumstances than from a single cause.