Legislation has been introduced that would exempt foreign-national commercial pilots from the current 45-day background check requirement to obtain flight training in the U.S. The bill, introduced by Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), would also require all foreign initial student pilots to comply with the background checks before starting training in the U.S., regardless of the size of aircraft involved.
Aviation International News » October 2002
Aviation Development Holdings (ADH) of Phoenix intends to launch a “clean-sheet, breakthrough regional airline jet service, independent and decoupled from the major airlines.” The idea, according to ADH chairman and CEO Matt Andersson, is to “design an airline of the future for business travelers.” Initial service, to begin next spring, will tie together the cities of Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Salt Lake City.
Fractional aircraft owners who were assured five years ago–when business aviation was booming–that their shares would retain 75 to 80 percent of their value are discovering to their dismay that those shares have in some cases retained as little as 50 percent of the original worth. “It’s the first real test of the fractional-ownership system,” said one observer, “and some of the share owners aren’t liking what they’re seeing.”
Dr. Carl Chen, former chairman, president and CEO of AASI, suddenly replaced Jack Braly less than a week after the NBAA Convention last month as president and CEO of Sino Swearingen, developer of the long-delayed SJ30-2 business jet.
At both a large invited-guests-only event and a next-day press conference on the eve of the 2002 NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. last month, Gulfstream Aerospace announced a major transformation of its product line that not only revises the familiar nomenclature of its business jets, but also segments them by options and mission profiles into market niches never before directly targeted by Gulfstream.
Business aircraft deliveries this year and next will drop slightly, while over the same 12- to 18-month period new orders should start to pick up slightly. These are the core predictions of the latest business aviation outlook report published by Honeywell Aerospace last month.
Cessna unveiled a new entry-level jet at the NBAA Convention last month. Called the Citation Mustang, the new twin turbofan will be powered by either the Williams FJ33 or the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615, producing somewhere between 1,350 and 1,450 lb of thrust each. An announcement about the winner of that competition is expected by year-end.
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