NTSB accident investigators are searching for clues as to what caused the crash of a Hawker Beechcraft Hawker 800 in Minnesota on July 31, killing both pilots and all six passengers aboard.
Aviation International News » September 2008
Despite U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) assurances that it would streamline the process to allow European charter operators to fly into the U.S., the procedure is still difficult, say operators.
VistaJet has embarked on an ambitious growth plan that could see it operating a fleet of almost 100 business jets by 2012. The Zurich, Switzerland-based group has completed the acquisition of Bombardier’s Skyjet International block charter program, which it is running in tandem with its new Flight Solutions leaseback program for aircraft owners.
The governor of Missouri has signed a bill eliminating sales tax on aircraft repair parts, aligning the state with neighboring states having similar laws. Before passing the law, Missouri exempted aircraft used to carry people and property, but now the tax exemption applies to all materials, replacement parts and equipment used for modification, repair, replacement and maintenance of aircraft, powerplants and accessories from Jan.
German charter operator Jet Connection stopped flying early last month and appears to have ceased trading. The company’s management did not respond to AIN’s multiple requests for comment. However, a senior manager with a leading executive charter broker, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Jet Connection has stopped operations and said that he did not expect them to resume.
An FAA-operated King Air, N11, in late July landed gear up at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) after a gear malfunction. After taking off from SLC and raising the gear, the pilot noticed that the three green gear lights went out and the red gear transit light illuminated. He saw that the gear had not retracted and attempted to recycle it, but it failed to lock down.
Signature Flight Support has acquired MES Handling at Munich International Airport in Germany. Signature now has 22 FBO locations in Europe, although the MES acquisition represents the company’s first FBO in the business aviation market in Germany. The former MES management team, led by Oliver Trono and Klaus Besold, will remain with the new Signature operation.
Cessna has added the Citation CJ3 to its ProTech maintenance program, which allows operators to pay for regular maintenance labor costs via a monthly fee. Maintenance must be done at one of Cessna’s 10 service centers in the U.S. or at a participating authorized service facility around the world.
Dassault Falcon said it plans to establish a factory-owned Falcon service center at Sorocaba Airport in São Paulo, Brazil. According to Dassault, the new service center will support the growing Falcon fleet in Brazil, which is expected to double in size to more than 50 airplanes in the next three years. The facility is scheduled to open in the fourth quarter.
Gulfstream Aerospace last month celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first flight of the Grumman Gulfstream I turboprop twin. According to the Savannah, Ga.-based company, the GI “laid the foundation for the future family of Gulfstream aircraft.” It received FAA certification on May 21, 1959, and was in production for 10 years. Grumman built 200 GIs, and about one-third of them are still in service, Gulfstream said.