Nearly $1 million spent on advertising began to materialize on April 26 with the launch of new TV commercials offering free introductory flight certificates from the Be A Pilot program and a $49 first lesson at more than 2,000 flight schools in the U.S. and Canada.
After selling 101 regional and corporate jets last year (44 short of its initial projection and later revised downward), Embraer forecasts an upturn in sales over the next two years. The Brazilian airframer predicts it will sell 160 aircraft this year and 170 next year. These projections could suffer if Embraer receives cancellations or postponements by customers for the Embraer 170.
Long-time aviation journalist William David Wagstaff, 49, died on February 8, following complications from surgery. A lifetime aviation and space enthusiast, Bill was a full-time editor with Aviation International News from 1988 to 2003, serving in many capacities.
The FAA on February 9 released its final rule on proposed changes to the rules governing air-tour operators, who must demonstrate compliance within six months. Operators of helicopter air tours will have 18 months to outfit their aircraft with floats, if required.
With more than 20,000 product launches packed into the span of just four days, January’s Consumer Electronics Show surely thrilled the throng of technophiles in attendance. For everybody else, the event probably seemed more like a techno-blur.
A federal district court in California has indicted Jeffrey Borer and Arvel Reeves on conspiracy and other charges related to secretly recorded conversations between entertainer Michael Jackson and his attorney while on a chartered Gulfstream IISP flight from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara, Calif., on Nov. 20, 2003.
Donald Burr recently left air-taxi hopeful Pogo to "pursue other opportunities," according to a company statement. Burr, founder of People Express, and Robert Crandall, controversial chief of American Airlines, were fierce competitors in the 1980s. The pair established Pogo in May 2004 to develop a national on-demand, regional-based air-taxi network using hundreds of very light twinjets.
Imperial Transport, flying a Citation 501, and US Smokeless Tobacco Brands, operating two Challenger 601s, received the “Spirit of Noise Abatement” awards for last year for achieving the lowest average sound level for a single jet and a fleet operation, respectively, at Westchester County Airport (HPN), White Plains, N.Y.
Million Air Burbank, Calif. (BUR), recently held its grand-opening celebration. The new facility–owned by Harold Lee, who also owns Million Air Van Nuys–provides a second choice for visitors to the “beautiful downtown” city made famous by former Tonight Show host Johnny Carson. The heavily trafficked airport is one of the primary business aviation destinations, along with nearby Van Nuys, for the entertainment industry.