Central U.S. regional fractional provider Executive AirShare (EAS) last month signed an agreement to acquire 18 Embraer Phenom 100 delivery slots from Clearwater, Fla.-based Avantair, which offers shares in Piaggio Avantis. EAS also has an option to buy Avantair’s two remaining Phenom 100 positions. EAS now has firm orders for 28 Embraer Phenom 100s and four Phenom 300s, with options on 12 more 100s and four more 300s.
Beechcraft Super King Air
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200, Travis AFB, Calif., May 16, 2008–The accident was caused by the pilot’s inadvertently raising the King Air’s landing gear on landing, according to the NTSB. The pilot explained that the J-hook that locks in place over
the landing-gear handle was engaging and disengaging and he mistakenly raised the landing gear instead of the flaps.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200, Taylor, Texas, April 11, 2008–A mechanic was killed when he tried to enter the Alaro King Air with the engines running. Flight testing a new vertical speed indicator installation, the pilot heard a loud, high-pitched “screaming” sound. Returning to the airport, the pilot reported the sound to the mechanic, who wanted to board to troubleshoot the problem.
The Commuter Air Technology (CAT) NBAA ’02 exhibit (Booth No. 1460) emphasizes new additions and improvements for its Catpass King Air program. Sharon Thuell, president of the Scottsdale, Ariz. company, noted that Catpass stands for commuter air technology performance and safety systems.
As of press time, Raytheon Aircraft (RAC) chose not to comment on the effect on its Travel Air fractional-ownership program from the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. A company spokesman did say that RAC had decided not to participate in the rescheduled NBAA Convention to be held in New Orleans on December 12, 13 and 14.
Australia’s Hawker Pacific has begun modifications to a Hornbill Skyways Beechcraft King Air B200GT at its Bankstown Airport facility on the outskirts of Sydney. The aircraft is the first B200GT to be delivered to a customer in the Asia Pacific region.
Paging the Austin Powers party of 11, your private jetprop is ready for boarding… Charter customers will be able to travel in the height of sixties style, and to the tune of a pair of whistling Rolls-Royce Darts burning 1,550 pph on average between them, when this 1969 Gulfstream I enters service soon with Volo Aviation, the operator managing the airplane for its owner (who wishes to remain anonymous but is “a private individual with
MOUNT GAMBIER, AUSTRALIA, DEC. 10, 2001–The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the crash of a King Air 200C (VH-FMN) that killed the pilot and seriously injured the flight nurse.
Abelag is here at EBACE Booth No. 253 as a first-time exhibitor, highlighting the company’s two European FBOs and its charter, aircraft management and maintenance capabilities. Founded in 1964, Abelag operates 20 business jets from three bases, in Brussels and Kortrijk, Belgium and Lille, France. Abelag’s Brussels and Kortrijk bases are also full-service FBOs.
Denmark’s ScanTech has outfitted a King Air 200 from Swedish air ambulance operator Svensk Flygambulans AB with five Raisbeck EPIC Performance Systems at its facility in Sindal. The retrofits included Hartzell/Raisbeck turbofan propellers, high-flotation gear doors, dual aft body strakes, enhanced-performance leading edges and ram air recovery systems.