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.
Beechcraft Super King Air
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.
Hawker Beechcraft announced the long-awaited upgrade of the Premier light jet yesterday evening, highlighting improvements in range, time to climb, maximum altitude, payload and top speed. The company will continue producing the Premier IA after the Premier II is certified in the first quarter of 2010 and begins deliveries in the second quarter.
The European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) is returning to the scene of its highly successful debut last April, when the second annual event opens its doors once again at Geneva’s Palais d’Expositions (Palexpo) from May 28 to 30.
Innovative Solutions & Support continues its aggressive certification schedule for RVSM equipment for business aircraft.
Armed with the largest single contract in its 52-year history–converting 19 U.S. Army King Air C-12 flight decks from “analog to glass”–Stevens Aviation anticipates “substantial” demand for a similar upgrade among the operators of some 800 to 850 civilian-equivalent King Air 200s in service worldwide.
Flight Options, the Cleveland-based fractional aircraft operator, plans to phase out its King Air fleet, AIN has learned. The approximately 28 King Air 200Bs were among the 111 total airplanes operated by Raytheon Travel Air before it merged its fleet with that of Flight Options in March. Flight Options had no comment on the timing of the phase-out or how it would affect owners and crews.
A big mission for a big company usually means a big airplane with a cavernous interior and enough fuel to carry a large load over thousands of miles. But to accomplish that there is always a cost-benefit compromise. When a big mission appears for a small company, the economics often translate into a small airplane, which means even more mission compromises.
Fall 2001 may not have been the most auspicious time to launch a new business strategy, but for Elliott Aviation its ambitious business plan for the next half-decade is showing signs of success, despite a faltering economy and the impact of September 11 on business aviation.
A mechanic at Taylor Municipal Airport in Texas died April 11 while attempting to board a Beech King Air 200 while the engines were operating at idle power. According to the NTSB, “unexpected pressure” between the interior and exterior of the airplane caused the door of the aircraft to open forcibly once unlatched, and it struck the mechanic’s head.