With the aim of facilitating “quicker technical solutions and reduced aircraft downtime,” Dassault Falcon Jet has designated its field service representatives to be “model specialists.” This means they will demonstrate “particular proficiency in two models specifically, and general working knowledge of the rest of the Falcon family,” according to the company.
Aviation International News » September 2002
Aerospace Technologies Group of West Palm Beach, Fla., has been selected by Gulfstream Aerospace as the preferred supplier of aircraft window shade systems for the Savannah, Ga. business jet manufacturer’s new Gulfstream V-SP. Under the agreement, Aerospace Technologies’ Powertech Shade System will be factory-standard equipment on the GV.
West Bend, Wis.-based EMS-Link, with help from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, and other partners, plans to introduce a program for remote monitoring of the vital signs of passengers or crew of corporate aircraft. According to CEO Paul Egan, EMS-Link allows real-time transmission of a patient’s vital signs over any standard narrow-band telephone connection.
Passengers on Delta AirElite, the business-jet charter subsidiary of Delta Air Lines, can now earn frequent-flier segments that can be used on the company’s airline flights. Charter customers will be awarded one segment for every $2,500 in AirElite fares. Accumulating 30 segments within one calendar year will earn Silver Medallion status; 60 segments, Gold Medallion status; and 100 segments, Platinum Medallion status.
Separate NTSB investigations continue into the causes of two recent fatal turboprop accidents: a King Air E90 (N12KA) that crashed while departing Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington, Ill., on July 21, and a Commander 690A (N690TB) that crashed on approach to the airport at Bishop, Calif., on August 11.
Online air-taxi broker CharterAuction.com has launched a program in which it will guarantee future owners of the Eclipse 500 and Safire S-26 twin-engine entry-level business jets enough charter income to cover interest payments and the DOCs for up to 20 hr of flying monthly. This income is based on at least 40 hr per month of charter income, according to the Quincy, Mass. company.
Roy Norris resigned his position as president and CEO of Mooney Aerospace Group and chairman of its board of directors on August 20, saying that the company is now on solid ground and that his position there had always been “temporary.”
US Airways’ decision to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month officially placed the courts at the center of a restructuring exercise in which the development of the airline’s regional network has emerged as perhaps the most crucial component.
Rolls-Royce received FAA certification of the AE3007A-1E turbofan, the powerplant for the Embraer ERJ-145XR. The XR, which is scheduled to enter service later this year, features a 2,000-nm range, or an increase of about 450 nm over the standard ERJ-145. The -1E provides 8,110 lb of thrust, some 686 lb more than the -1 on the standard ERJ-145.
New aviation regulations in China that aim to ease foreign investment in the civil aviation infrastructure and loosen government controls should encourage more business aircraft operations in the country, according to Uniworld, a corporate aviation handling and marketing facility in China. Uniworld says there are about 400 general aviation aircraft in China, with agricultural use accounting for about 140 of them.