Corporate operators can expect fewer delays at Colorado’s Craig, Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Rifle Airports this winter since the Colorado DOT has purchased and installed a $5.7 million Sensis multilateration system to track aircraft well below the mountain-affected line of sight of distant FAA secondary surveillance radars (SSR).
Aviation International News » October 2009
NBAA published best-practices guidelines for charter brokers that outline the regulatory environment in which air-charter brokers work, along with business-practice recommendations to benefit air-charter consumers, operators and brokers alike.
Teamsters Local 1108, the union representing some 500 pilots at fractional provider Flight Options, on September 21 mailed strike-authorization vote ballots as final sessions of mediated negotiations neared. The union and Flight Options management have been in negotiations on an initial contract since June 2006.
Emivest Aerospace, formerly Sino Swearingen Aircraft, on September 23 delivered its first SJ30 light jet and continues to ramp up production at its San Antonio plant. The twinjet, S/N 008, was handed over to owner Harry Mohney of Déjà Vu Consulting of Lansing, Mich., for use in support of his entertainment business. Emivest said five more SJ30s are currently on the production line.
NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) welcomed a new study from Nexa Advisors that indicates companies using business aviation outperform those without aircraft.
Fractional provider NetJets on September 11 announced the first major workforce reduction since David Sokol took over in early August as chairman and acting CEO, following the resignation of company founder Richard Santulli on August 4.
In the wake of the crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 in February, how are safety programs and pilot hiring, training and testing practices being improved?
Cessna Aircraft last month celebrated the 40th anniversary of the maiden flight of the Citation 500, the first model in its now broad series of business jets. On Sept. 15, 1969, pilot Milt Sills and copilot J.L. LeSueur flew the first Citation prototype from Wichita Municipal Airport–now Mid-Continent Airport–on a successful one-hour, 45-minute sortie.
The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has been denying flight-permit applications by U.S. charter firms to operate flights between the UK and other countries, due to a UK policy that allows the DfT to consult with the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA), whose members can object to the flight.
Cessna Aircraft in late August delivered the first Citation X retrofitted with elliptical winglets made by Wichita-based Winglet Technology. The winglets were installed at Cessna’s Wichita Citation Service Center under Winglet Technology’s FAA STC.