Raytheon Aircraft Services has introduced the Max Entertainment System upgrade for in-production Raytheon turbine airplanes, as well as legacy Hawkers. System options include satellite radio, DVD, flat-panel color monitors, wireless headsets, wireless remote control, moving-map displays and special speaker packages. Raytheon says a full-up system can be installed as a field-approved modification in “as little as nine days.”
Aviation International News » October 2005
Pacific Coast Forecasting last month opened a pilot briefing center at Atlantic Aviation’s FBO at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. The firm is based at Van Nuys Airport in California, where it has been providing international weather and flight-planning services for more than seven years.
Outsiders have been brought in to lead a recovery at MD Helicopters. The appointments follow the recent acquisition of the Mesa, Ariz., company by New York financial firm Patriarch Partners. Robert Rene, previously CEO of Hilton Hotels division InnMedia, was named MD Helicopters’ CEO. Randy Kesterson, formerly executive v-p and COO of Curtiss-Wright Controls, was appointed COO.
PlaneSense, the Pilatus PC-12 regional fractional ownership program of Manchester, N.H.-based Alpha Flying, celebrated its 10th anniversary last month. The company, thought to have more than 100 shareowners, currently operates 20 PC-12s and has more on order. The company was formed to address the “shorter-distance, regional needs” of its shareowners.
In the first eight months of this year, the top five fractional operators hired more pilots than they did in all of last year, according to aviation job placement firm AIR of Atlanta. NetJets, Flight Options, Flexjet, CitationShares and Avantair hired 498 pilots through August this year versus 482 for all of last year.
Effective October 3, the Advanced Qualification Program (AQP) will become a permanent component of Part 121 and 135 airline training regulations. Currently, AQP requirements are in a Special FAR that expires on October 2. The AQP provides an alternative method for large airlines and regional airlines seeking more flexibility in meeting training requirements.
The FAA has proposed withdrawing pending rules that amend the service difficulty reporting (SDR) requirements for air carriers and repair stations. The effective date of the rules, adopted in September 2000, has been delayed several times, with the latest compliance date now set for January 30 next year.
Words and pictures cannot fully convey what has happened to the city of New Orleans. Several miles away at 5,500 feet, the air in the cabin of the Cessna 172 told us we were approaching the city before the haze let up enough for us to see it. Matt Thompson, a contract King Air 350 corporate pilot based in Baton Rouge, was flying the aircraft.
One month ahead of schedule, the first Citation Mustang production aircraft (S/N 0001) took to the air on August 29. The very light jet (VLJ) flew for exactly two hours, performing basic systems and avionics checks, including engaging the autopilot, testing handling characteristics, operating the gear and flaps, activating the de-ice system and evaluating engine response and performance.
Cessna has selected FlightSafety International (FSI) to provide training for pilots and mechanics of the Citation Mustang very light jet (VLJ), and the training firm will design and build two full-flight simulators and two avionics training devices.