The City Council of Houston, Texas, voted yesterday overwhelmingly in favor of a 40-year lease for a new FBO at William P. Hobby Airport, one of the nation’s busiest business aviation destinations and currently home to five service providers. Black Forest Ventures plans to break ground early next year on a new $20 million Galaxy FBO facility that will include a 20,000-sq-ft terminal and a pair of 38,000-sq-ft hangars capable of holding G650-size business jets.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) recently issued type certification approval for Piper Aircraft’s M-Class single-engine airplanes, which include the Meridian turboprop, pressurized Mirage piston and unpressurized Matrix piston. Piper Aircraft’s sales representatives in China for the M-Class are Piper Summit Aircraft China for the Meridian; Zhuhai Hanxing General Aviation for the Matrix; and Hebei Yuan’ao Aircraft Manufacturing for the Mirage.
Europe’s regional airlines need to achieve further consolidation and move to a U.S.-style business model of cooperating directly with mainline carriers if they are ever to expect to return consistent profits. That was the assessment delivered to this week’s European Regions Airline Association general assembly in Barcelona by Braathens Aviation Group chairman Per Braathen. But he didn’t seem too confident that this change will come.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has made it possible for private pilots to obtain a full European instrument rating in an alternative, flexible, “competency-based modular” way. In addition to a private pilot license, a candidate can use a UK IMC rating or an overseas (FAA, for example) instrument rating as the basis, along with experience logged flying in IMC or under instrument flight rules.
Think less James Bond, more Captain Value.
New business jets under development have one thing in common: with a laser-like focus on value, almost to the model they have achieved a near-perfect balance of versatility, performance, comfort and costs.
Concern about costs per seat mile used to be the preserve of the airlines. No longer: it has helped define even the Mach 0.935 Cessna Citation X+.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the entry into service for one of business aviation’s most enigmatic aircraft, the star-crossed Beech Starship, which was intended as a replacement for the King Air. As the first aircraft with an all-composite fuselage, the twin-turboprop pusher with radical canard forward design underwent a lengthy development and certification process before finally entering service.
The FAA today adopted an airworthiness directive requiring the replacement of Honeywell phase 3 display units (DUs) on 1,326 U.S.-registered Boeing 737 and 777 airliners. The AD, which takes effect November 5, is based on concerns that the data such as airspeed, altitude, pitch and roll, attitude and heading could disappear from the displays due to interference from wireless devices.
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America (HS-NA) has been named an Airbus Helicopters D-Level certified repair center for the AS350/AS355 and EC130. D-Level structural repairs include landing gear, main gearbox, engine and component attachment points as well as fuselage/tailboom, vertical fin and horizontal stabilizer junction.
Hourly-cost maintenance provider Jet Support Services (JSSI) was selected by Canadian Helicopter operator Blackcomb Aviation to provide coverage for the Turbomeca Arrius 2B2plus engines on the company’s Airbus Helicopters EC135T2e. The premium service selected by Blackcomb covers the powerplants’ scheduled and unscheduled events as well as life-limited components.
King Aerospace Commercial, a refurbishment and modification center for large private jets with facilities in Ardmore, Okla., and Dallas, has been awarded a paint contract for a green Boeing Business Jet. The assignment–a subcontract from Aeria Luxury Interiors of San Antonio, Texas–will involve four silver and blue pearl paints as well as multiple nose-to-tail geometric design elements.