With its acquisition in July by Elisen Technologies, interiors refurbishment and cabin completion specialist MJet of Montreal will implement an expansion plan and further integrate its services, including maintenance and design, certification, manufacturing and customization of interiors.
Aviation International News » September 2007
Speaking at the first public unveiling of the company’s new Phenom 100 very light jet last month at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition, Embraer president and CEO Frederico Fleury Curado announced that the Brazilian manufacturer plans to unveil a full-size mockup concept proposal of its next business jet at the NBAA Convention later this month.
Jet Aviation has signed a letter of intent with an unidentified client from the Middle East that will send the first executive Boeing 787 to the company’s Basel, Switzerland center for cabin completion. The airplane, a -9, is to be delivered to the Basel facility in 2011. The expected cycle time is 15 to 18 months.
Dassault Falcon announced last month a multi-year expansion at its Wilmington, Del. facilities that will include use of an existing 22,000-sq-ft hangar for interior completion work. The announcement is particularly timely as this year Dassault expects to deliver 80 business jets; it expects that number to increase to more than 100 next year.
It might seem as if Universal Weather & Aviation doesn’t belong in a profile of FBO chains, but the aircraft handling and weather information company does own true FBOs. It also has a vast network of handlers and handling partners all over the world.
Davis Flight Support, which purchased the former Woodland Aviation FBO at Yolo County Airport in Woodland, Calif., has signed on as an Avfuel dealer. The FBO will honor Avfuel contract fuel program requests and supports Avfuel’s Avtrip incentive program. The FBO has an unusual fleet of crew cars, with Jaguars and Range Rovers available to qualified customers.
The city of Livermore, Calif., is preparing to give up its exclusive fueling operation at Livermore Municipal Airport, having awarded a contract to Livermore Air Center to build a new FBO and hangars at the airport. A local group called Livermore Airport Citizens Group is opposing the move, claiming that the airport is going to become a “jetport” and add noise and pollution to the surrounding community.
The owners of Boise, Idaho-based Western Aircraft sold 100 percent of the company stock to investment group Berkley Aviation Investors. Western Aircraft has been under its current ownership since 1995, when Al Hilde bought the company from Morrison Knudsen. Hilde was the majority shareholder. Western shares were also held by CEO Allen Hoyt and Tim Hilde.
A new 50,500-sq-ft hangar complex opened at Cutter Aviation’s Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) FBO. The three-unit complex can accommodate airplanes as large as the Bombardier Global Express and offers corporate aviation amenities such as office and shop space, private covered parking, catering kitchen, conference room and full security system.
A spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Labor said the agency would need until at least the middle of next month to finish its investigation into the July 31 death of an American Eagle fleet service clerk at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). The accident, which occurred on the RDU ramp between 8:30 and 9 p.m., involved a parked Embraer regional jet and a baggage tug driven by the deceased, 43-year-old Lufuluabo Kalonji.