Houston-based Magnum Jet has placed an order for 50 Phenom 100s, with options for another 50 Phenom 100s and/or 300s. The start-up company plans to offer “a turnkey ownership and comprehensive management program for very light jet owners and will operate…air limousine service for regional travel.” Magnum Jet is scheduled to take delivery of its first Phenom 100 in early 2009.
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Houston-based handling agent Universal Weather & Aviation has purchased Cornerstone Logic, creator of software package FBO Manager. The software company will continue to be based in Edgewater, Fla., and its founder, John Nelson, has been named its vice president.
Dassault said it received orders for 52 Falcons in the first six months of this year, compared with 62 for the whole of last year. The company, which also said it had orders for 92 Falcon 7Xs as of June 30, forecasts that by year-end it will have orders for 100 copies of the new trijet. The first 7X is earmarked for delivery next spring to Serge Dassault the company’s majority stockholder.
Former Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta is the recipient of the 2006 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy.
A fix has been ordered to resolve the five-second trap of certain Honeywell mode-S transponders. The affected units erroneously go into standby mode if the crew takes longer than five seconds to change codes when using the rotary knob of the radio management unit. Effective October 17, an AD requires insertion of a warning into the AFM and modifications to the transponder. In some cases, replacement of the transponders is mandated.
Ship it AOG, a business aircraft parts distributor, has relocated to a larger facility at Dallas Addison Airport. A new 7,000-sq-ft space is nearly five times the size of the previous headquarters.
Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) has asked President Bush to replace FAA Administrator Marion Blakey and NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker because they have not grounded the Mitsubishi MU-2. Early last year Tancredo asked the FAA to ground the turboprop twin “due to its shockingly high accident rate.” In lieu of grounding the aircraft, Tancredo agreed with Mitsubishi that the FAA should mandate a type rating.
First it was NetJets’ pilots who picketed and finally got a new labor contract; now it’s the fractional’s mechanics and other support personnel who last month began “informational picketing” at the company’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Their contract became renewable in January last year.
Embraer’s numbering system for its existing models suggests current gaps in the line, and company chairman Mauricio Botelho, speaking in Manhattan last month after parking a Phenom 300 cabin mockup outside the New York Stock Exchange and ringing the opening bell, said the company will soon announce two more new business jets to plug gaps between the Phenom 300 light jet now under development and the Legacy 600 super-midsize, 80 of which are in
Embraer, a recent but aggressive entrant in business aviation, predicts that manufacturers will sell 9,680 new business jets during the next 10 years, representing an annual growth rate of 4.4 percent over current sales.