The owners of Sunset Aviation, the charter/management company sold to JetDirect Aviation in May 2007, have formed a new company called Sunset Aviation LLC. The new Sunset expects to receive its FAA Part 135 certificate within a week or 10 days, according to primary shareholder and CEO Dan Drohan, and should grow from 30 aircraft currently to near 50 by the end of next month and add authorization for 10-or-more-seat jets in about 90 days.
Innotech-Execaire Aviation Group vice president and general manager Kenneth Dandy resigned after 44 years with the Montreal-based company. In his last position, Dandy was responsible for the company’s FBO operations, technical services and marketing and sales efforts in western Canada. But don’t call me retired, he says.
Petaluma, Calif.-based Sunset Aviation is now operating as a standalone subsidiary of JetDirect Aviation, which acquired the light jet and turboprop operator last year.
Petaluma, Calif.-based Sunset Aviation is now operating as a standalone subsidiary of JetDirect Aviation, which acquired the light jet and turboprop operator last year. JetDirect will continue to offer business support, sales and marketing services, but Sunset will operate as an independent Part 135 air carrier, with Sunset founder Dan Drohan serving as president and CEO, according to JetDirect senior vice president of marketing Gil Wolin.
Given the world economic slowdown and signs that flying by business
operators is down, how concerned are you about a falloff in sales?
Bombardier is obviously following the broader market situation very closely. So far, growth and need are so strong that we’ve had a record first half; the value proposition that business aviation brings has surpassed the economic drag.
The FAA (Booth No. 2039, 2606) now requires “direct observation” during drug and alcohol tests. Effective November 1, observers must ask an employee to “raise his or her shirt, blouse or dress/skirt, as appropriate, above the waist; and lower clothing and underpants to show you, by turning around, that they do not have a prosthetic device.” An employee’s failure to cooperate constitutes refusal to take the test.
The FAA has revised drug and alcohol testing procedures, specifically requiring “direct observation” in all return-to-duty and follow-up drug tests.
The Society of British Aerospace Companies is conducting two summit sessions here at Farnborough to promote ethical business practices in the defense sector, and to further the drive to harmonize standards on a global scale. The first meeting is today, when representatives from Europe and the U.S. meet to discuss their ethical codes and a proposed harmonization process.
TAG Aircraft Interiors has reached an agreement with B/E Aerospace to offer a haute couture line of designer seats and divans for a variety of large and mid-size business jets. The line will be offered exclusively as part of cabin interiors produced by the partnership of TAG-AI (Booth No. 923) and Gianni Versace of Milan.
Among those involved in search- and-rescue operations at the World Trade Center after September 11 were several dogs and their handlers. Although corporate pilot Roseanne Perini was not available for the rescue efforts at the WTC disaster site because she was with her New York-based Gulfstream IV, she has been a search-and-rescue dog handler since 1998.