SWEARINGEN MERLIN IIIA, GRAND JUNCTION, COLO., NOV 18, 2003–Merlin IIIA N332BA, owned and operated by Key Lime Air, Englewood Colo., was substantially damaged when it crashed at approximately 7:21 a.m. (MST). The aircraft was on a landing roll at Walker Field (GJT), Grand Junction, Colo. The pilot, who was the only person on board, was not injured.
AvCraft Aerospace GmbH, the German subsidiary of AvCraft Aviation of Leesburg, Va., has declared insolvency at a German court at Weilsheim, near the company’s plant at Oberpfaffenhofen airport. The declaration was officially filed in late February, and on March 10 the court appointed attorney Dr. Martin Prager as preliminary insolvency administrator. He will submit a report on AvCraft’s financial and economic situation by April 10.
Dornier 328JET certificate holder AvCraft Aerospace has recruited BAE Systems Regional Aircraft to take responsibility for spares storage, distribution and logistics support for the 32-seat regional jet and its turboprop sibling. The six-year contract covers 328s and 328JETs registered in North, Central and South America.
Bankrupt regional aircraft manufacturer Avcraft Aerospace has been bought by UK Corporate Jet Services, parent company of Southampton-based executive charter operator Club328. The new owner will not be resuming aircraft production, but will instead run Avcraft as a support organization for existing Dornier 328 jet and turboprop operators under the name 328 Support Services.
Southampton, England-based Club328 has launched a block-charter program called SkyClub. The entry-level package is 10 hours in a Raytheon Premier I for £30,000 ($52,500). Last month, Club328 bought four pre-owned Premier Is from Raytheon Aircraft. SkyClub customers will also be able to buy blocks of hours in its other aircraft: a Dornier 328Jet and a Dornier 328 turboprop twin, as well as a Hawker 700 and a Hawker 800.
UK operator Club328 (Booth No. 1672) has introduced an intriguing way to market charter flights through its new SkyBond program. Customers hand over £1 million ($1.75 million) to be put in an escrow-protected bank account in Club328’s name for a six-year period. Club328 gets the interest earned over this time and the customer gets 25 flight hours each year (that is, 150 hours in total) in one of the company’s Raytheon Premier Is.
Pieced together from many companies in an evolution that commenced in 1999, the Swiss Ruag group is progressing at its cruising speed. The goal of the company’s founders was to move the defense supplier away from the exclusive dependence on the Swiss armed forces and to create an independent enterprise with a diversified customer base. Business aviation is a key part of this strategy.
Club328, the executive charter company operating out of Southampton, UK, plans to base a new 328Jet in Germany starting this summer. The aircraft features a corporate shuttle 19-seat interior and will be promoted both in Germany and Eastern Europe, mainly in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Baltic states.
New Germany-based engineering and maintenance organization 328 Support Services has signed an agreement with Mikado Capital to return four previously stored Dornier 328 Jets to service. Mikado Capital is a new purpose-built remarketing organization based in the British Virgin Islands, whose director Gunnar Thorvaldsson will be visiting EBACE this week.
The European Aviation Safety Agency has granted two companies design organization authority for the Dornier 328Jet and turboprop. Under a partnership agreement between the two firms–328 Support Services and GCT Design Organisation–the partners will be responsible for the worldwide support of more than 200 airplanes.