Piper Aircraft’s single-engine PiperJet prototype has logged 12 flights since its maiden jaunt from Vero Beach (Fla.) Airport on July 30.
Aviation International News » September 2008
Cessna on August 13 said it completed a series of wind-tunnel tests for its large-cabin Citation Columbus. Results from the tests in low- and high-speed wind tunnels will be analyzed in the coming months, though Cessna said that preliminary data analysis revealed no surprises. The wind-tunnel facilities are located in San Diego and Toulouse, France.
The FAA in late July issued an emergency order of revocation to LAB Flying Service of Juneau, Alaska, effectively shutting down the 52-year-old carrier, which served Alaskans with a fleet of Piper singles and twins, a Britten-Norman Islander and Helio Courier. The revocation order cited a number of discrepancies with LAB’s maintenance
Hawker Beechcraft last month reported increased orders, improved sales and higher earnings during the second quarter versus the same period last year. Net bookings for the quarter totaled $1.7 billion, resulting in a new record backlog of $7.4 billion, and second-quarter revenues increased by $327.6 million year-over-year to $1.02 billion.
Bombardier last month suffered damage at its Downsview, Ontario factory following an explosion at Sunrise Propane Industrial Gases, a propane factory roughly a block from the Bombardier plant.
Flight Options and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, the union representing the pilot group, have announced “an unprecedented expression of mutual cooperation.” The two parties “have pledged to put their past differences aside and instead dedicate their efforts to achieving common goals.” In March 2006, the Flight Options pilots voted to be represented by the IBT and have been seeking their first contract ever since.
San Carlos, Calif.-based XOJet is offering fixed-price rates starting at $25,000 for one-way transcontinental flights. The rate includes ground transportation in the departure and arrival cities, catering and unlimited in-flight worldwide calling.
The day before Sentient Jet Holdings chairman and CEO Gregory Campbell announced a restructuring of the company into two distinct entities, one of which will be sold, the FAA’s Eastern regional counsel’s office slapped Sentient and company executives with subpoenas seeking documents.
Eclipse Aviation supplier Albany International revealed on August 19 that Eclipse “has indicated that it was substantially reducing production of the Eclipse 500 jet, and planned purchase of components from [Albany Engineered Composites] and other suppliers, for the remainder of 2008 and the first half of 2009.” Although Eclipse Aviation declined to comment about this information, Albany International added, “Based on information provided to
A Hawker 900XP crew recently discovered after landing that a slightly out-of-tolerance closing mechanism can render the cabin door unopenable from inside the airplane, leaving the emergency hatch the only exit. The pilot radioed a lineman to grab the keys through the pilot’s side window and unlock the door handle from outside.