The Greek Falcon 900B that was severely damaged during a series of violent oscillations on Sept. 14, 1999, killing seven on board the trijet, has reportedly found a buyer who intends to return the airplane to service. Repairs were scheduled to have started at the end of last month at Geneva-based Transairco, a Dassault Falcon Jet authorized service center.
Aviation International News » February 2003
Aerolineas Executive Jet, the new business aviation subsidiary of Aerolineas Argentinas, is tentatively scheduled for a late-2003 launch. The first aircraft will be a VIP-modified Boeing 737-200 from the Argentinian flag carrier’s airline fleet that had been taken out of service. The interior components for the refurb project are being manufactured by U.S. completion and refurb specialist CompletionAir in St. Louis.
Technical standard orders for terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS) have been revised as TSO C151b, which includes a new class-C category intended for voluntary installations on smaller aircraft not covered by the requirements for class-A and -B TAWS. In March 2005 class-A and -B TAWS are required in turbine aircraft with six or more passenger seats, with class-A systems intended for larger Part 91 airplanes and commercial aircraft.
The FAA has issued an emergency AD on Bombardier CRJ700s that limits center-tank fuel quantity to 1,500 pounds at takeoff and flight paths to within 30 minutes of an alternate airport. The directive (2003-02-51) cites instances of cracked fuel feed lines and damaged transfer couplings due to vibration and fuel-line misalignment in the center tank. The problem could cause the center tank to overfill and leak, the FAA said.
Garrett Aviation Services has acquired the Cessna Citation FJ44 re-engining business from Sierra Industries. The program modifies the Citation 500/501SP series with the Eagle wing modification and the Williams FJ44-2A fanjet engines. The offering has been renamed the Garrett FJ44 Eagle II program.
He might have shared the name of a great singer-songwriter, but in business aviation circles there was ever only one James Taylor–James B. Taylor III, business jet marketer for 40 years, who died on January 17 at Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut at the age of 81.
Signature is in the process of developing a new national pricing strategy to replace its current Prime Rate program. The new program, scheduled to be introduced in April, is designed to generate more individual “face time” with the chain’s widely varied client base. As part of the reorganization, company management has been streamlined, with two newly titled regional sales vice presidents splitting the 44 Signature locations nationwide.
Diamond Aircraft, which manufactures composite single- and twin- engine piston aircraft, has announced it will build a single-engine jet. The five-place (two in front, three-in-a-row in back), all-composite D-jet is projected to sell for “well under $1 million” and have an mtow of 4,700 pounds. Cruise speed at its 25,000-foot maximum altitude is set at 315 knots, with a cabin altitude of 8,000 feet.
In the upheaval over the remarks by ex-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), who learned to fly as a teenager, was named as his replacement.
Although Lott (R-Miss.) resigned his post as leader, he remains in the Senate and has muscled his way into the chairmanship of the Senate aviation subcommittee, displacing Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), who was thought to be in line for the position.
Like the shifting of continental plates beneath the earth’s crust, changes in the fractional-aircraft industry are under way. And while only a few cracks are now visible on the surface, underground rumblings signal greater turmoil to come. By mid-year, if not sooner, according to industry observers, the fractional landscape is going to look very different from the way it does today.