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August 19, 2014, 3:10 PM

Air charter broker Sentient Jet is seeing a “resurgence” in both business and leisure travel, the company announced today. In the first five months of this year, corporate travel (Monday through Wednesday) increased 10 percent year-over-year, while leisure travel (Friday through Sunday) jumped 17 percent, according to the company. For the upcoming Labor Day weekend, private jet bookings are up 37 percent over last year and 289 percent above 2012, it noted.

August 19, 2014, 3:05 PM

Avfuel expanded its branded FBO network with the addition of Apex Aviation at Vernal (Utah) Regional Airport and Wells Aircraft at Hutchinson (Kan.) Municipal Airport. Under the arrangement, both FBOs will have access to Avfuel’s training and operational systems and will offer Avfuel Contract Fuel and Avtrip loyalty rewards. Apex Aviation recently opened its new FBO facility and offers 24/7 service. Located in the middle of the U.S., Wells Aircraft is “ideal” for tech stops, Avfuel said.

August 19, 2014, 3:00 PM

Ruag Aviation is now offering real wood flooring as an option for business aircraft cabins. As a replacement for carpet, the wood flooring adds no weight to the aircraft and is about one-third of an inch thick, Ruag said. It is available as veneer and can be laid in different patterns in an aircraft’s entry, shower, lavatory and/or main cabin. The flooring has a “natural” satin finish and is compatible with diverse floor layouts through the use of rectangular or single curved panels. It can also be personalized with inlays, as well as marquetry and even lighting.

August 19, 2014, 2:55 PM

Dubai-based flight-planning services company UAS relaunched its VIP travel services division, UAS Executive Travel, with customized services, a dedicated team and refreshed logo. Its staff provides local insight, removes linguistic barriers and collaborates with travelers and suppliers to ensure delivery of VIP-quality services.

August 19, 2014, 12:16 PM

Under threat of another volcano erupting in Iceland, Eurocontrol said it is better prepared to deal with air travel disruptions caused by volcanic ash than it was in 2010 when the Eyjafjallajökull eruption grounded flights across Europe.

August 19, 2014, 9:37 AM

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a new Notice To Airmen (Notam) on Tuesday prohibiting U.S. operators from flying in the Damascus Flight Information Region (FIR), which covers all of Syria.

August 19, 2014, 8:04 AM
Typhoon

The long-expected follow-on order from Saudi Arabia for Eurofighter Typhoons has still not materialized, but in its half-yearly report, BAE Systems has revealed that it expects to receive orders worth about $2.2 billion to upgrade Saudi aircraft. Earlier this year, a protracted renegotiation of the original “Al Salam” deal for 72 aircraft was finally concluded.

August 18, 2014, 11:30 AM

The pilot flying a Bombardier Dash 8-400 lost control of the aircraft on Feb. 12, 2014 during the landing flare at Belfast City Airport after his prosthetic arm became detached during the maneuver. With insufficient time to put his arm back in place, the captain with UK regional airline Flybe removed his right hand from the power levers to control the yoke. Some engine power therefore remained applied during the flare, resulting in a bounce and a hard landing. No one on board the twin turboprop was injured.

August 18, 2014, 11:20 AM

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is seeking comments on last week’s NPRM to change portions of Part 831, which governs its investigation procedures, by organizing them into mode-specific subparts to make the rules easier to access and consult. The Board also plans to update some terms used in the regulations.

August 18, 2014, 11:15 AM

The U.S. helicopter safety team (USHST) has begun a recruitment drive to convince more helicopter safety experts to join its efforts to reduce accidents and fatalities in the industry. The USHST comprises members from both industry and government focused on safety management, training, maintenance and safety technology.

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