Helicopter operators wanting to fly into London now have a less costly alternative to the London Heliport at Battersea. Aircraft charter broker Jet Booking Direct is offering the use of a temporary landing site at The Ham Polo Club for VFR movements only.
Aviation International News » October 2010
Max-Viz, the Portland, Ore.-area infrared enhanced-vision system (EVS) manufacturer, and One Sky Aviation of Anchorage, Alaska, have teamed to offer a minimum 25-percent discount off the suggested retail price for Max-Viz EVS sensors (100/600/1500) and certified STC installation kits to Alaska Air Carriers Association and Alaska Airmen’s Association members for the remainder of this year in response to a recent spike in accidents.
Riding the wave of recent increased charter activity, private jet operator XOJet is continuing its expansion plans following the two strongest quarters in the company’s history.
Charter broker Spectrum Air is launching scheduled nonstop business jet flights between Van Nuys, Calif., and Teterboro, N.J., on October 10. Travelers will be able to make per-seat reservations on the flights, at a cost of $3,950 each way, including all fees and catering.
Due to a technicality, the FAA last month dismissed the Part 16 complaint against the city of Venice, Fla., for denying permits for the sole FBO at Venice Municipal Airport to build four new 8,000-sq-ft hangars for business jets, turboprops and helicopters. The Venice Jet Center filed the complaint two years ago, but since then the FBO was bought in receivership by Tristate Aviation and renamed Suncoast Air Center.
The November 2008 fatal crash of an Airbus A320 into the Mediterranean Sea off Perpignan, France, was the result of the pilots’ improvisation of procedures during an “operational flight check,” raising the crew’s workload to the point that it failed to notice that two angle-of-attack sensors were jammed, according to France’s accident investigation bureau, the BEA.
This AIN pilot/reporter had an opportunity to fly the Eclipse on two different occasions, once on a short cross-country trip in March between Chicago and Nashville and again to Rockford, Ill., for some approaches, landings
and airwork. My instructor pilot was North American Jet Eclipse instructor Mike Vautell.
CitationAir by Cessna launched an alliance with UK-based charter broker Air Partner, through which each company’s respective customers will have access to aircraft on preferential terms. CitationAir clients will be able to fly in aircraft provided through Air Partner’s JetCard block charter program in Europe and other regions of the world.
In the U.S. the FAA bestows its Charles Taylor “Master Mechanic” award on people who have spent more than 50 years in the aircraft maintenance profession. Canada doesn’t seem to offer the same level of recognition for such achievements, but if it did, the name of Leslie Pingel would be high on the list. Pingel, 89, has spent 64 years in aircraft maintenance positions and is still working for Tag Aeronautics as director of technical support.
I’ve been waiting quite some time to fly the Eclipse, a dozen years in fact, since the then revolutionary very light jet (VLJ) was first announced in 1998. The term very light jet–originally coined to describe the Eclipse specifically–came to be applied to a number of small jets, although a precise definition seemed to depend upon an aircraft manufacturer’s marketing department at any given time.