Soon-to-be GD property Jet Aviation and Tropic Air of São Paulo announced at LABACE they have signed a partnership agreement under which the two companies will work together to provide aircraft management and charter services throughout Latin America.
Aviation International News » September 2008
Embraer’s second Phenom 300 joined the flight-test program just a few days before making its first public show appearance at LABACE. The airplane made its first flight at the Brazilian manufacturer’s Gavião Peixoto facility. The third and fourth flight-test articles are in the assembly and pre-assembly stages. Certification is expected late next year, with deliveries to begin shortly thereafter.
Before last month’s Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE), organizers were forecasting the largest show to date. They were not disappointed.
An integration fault in the Bombardier CRJ1000’s fly-by-wire rudder control system has forced the company to install a software revision in the prototype destined to make the type’s first flight, resulting in delays to ground testing and contributing to the postponement of first flight.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), ranking Republican on the Senate aviation subcommittee, has also become the ranking minority member of the full Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation following the July 29 indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) on corruption charges.
The Kentucky Supreme Court heard arguments last month on the question of whether a lower court can hold Lexington Blue Grass Airport liable for the Aug. 27, 2006, crash of a Comair Bombardier CRJ that killed 49 of its 50 occupants. Comair contends that the airport should bear some responsibility for the crash for not adequately notifying the pilots of a construction project that diverted airplanes on the taxiway.
Accident investigators are eyeing the failure of an oxygen cylinder as the cause of an explosion that forced an emergency landing for a Qantas Boeing 747-400 flying from Hong Kong to Melbourne, Australia on July 24. Immediately after the explosion, the pilots took the widebody down to 10,000 feet, dumped approximately 50 tons of fuel and landed safely at Manila with no injuries to the 365 people on board.
Gulfstream has received some highly publicized orders for the G650, including a letter of intent (LOI) from Abu Dhabi-based Prestige Jet to purchase five aircraft. Gulfstream has not stated publicly how many orders it holds for the airplane, but the most recent earnings report from its parent company, General Dynamics, provides some data from which inferences can be drawn.
“Business jets pose a serious problem for the future of the aviation system,” writes George Donohue in Terminal Chaos: Why U.S. Air Travel is Broken and How to Fix It. “They carry far fewer passengers per plane and thus are inefficient in their use of the airspace, where the number of aircraft hulls [is] the best measure of how crowded the airspace is.
In some respects Russia’s development has followed a pattern familiar to Westerners, but that is not true for its business aviation industry. While Russian billionaires show off their huge yachts in the most expensive and trendy places in the world, buy A380s for personal use, haunt French ski resorts and buy islands off Dubai, some of the nation’s laws prevent wealthy individuals from reaping the benefits of business aircraft.