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.
A group of brokers have formed the Air Charter Professionals Association (ACPA) to define a set of standards and a code of ethics for their industry. The announcement follows the recent demise of online charter broker FlightTime.com, which left the scene allegedly owing thousands of dollars to several of its charter customers.
Banyan Air Service began as a small company serving the needs of small operators that had no dedicated maintenance department. As the Florida company has grown, president and head coach Don Campion has strived to maintain that small-company feel. “One of my driving forces in building this business is to be good at what we do as opposed to being a bigger company with a lot of branches or a chain,” he told AIN.
On the aircraft static display line at the NBAA Convention in September was Aero Toy Store’s Pininfarina Edition Learjet 60. Modern customers, said COO Ben Shirazi, want the “sexiness” associated with having an automobile or airplane interior designed by such auto and fashion icons as Pininfarina or Versace.