When the financial crisis that exploded in late 2008 began to ravage Western economies in 2009 and 2010, the business aviation industry took well founded comfort from the fact that escalating demand from emerging markets farther east seemed to be shoring up otherwise sagging demand in traditional markets.
Wyvern, a global aviation safety auditing, consulting and information services company, recently announced that its Wingman portfolio–flight departments that have undergone the Wyvern audit process–has now grown to more than 120 companies in 29 countries. “Our standards far exceed government regulatory requirements,” according to the company. This mean, Wyvern added, that only companies with a demonstrated commitment to safety make the effort to become a Wyvern Wingman.
During World War II, from June 1943 through April 1945, they flew 1,578 missions, 15,533 sorties, destroyed 261 aircraft and earned 850 medals. They were the Tuskegee Airmen, African-Americans who were members of the U.S. Army Air Corps, championed by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt yet segregated from the rest of the troops. Trained at the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Ala., they were pilots, instructors, navigators and mechanics.
Embraer started Phenom 300 production at its Melbourne, Fla. facility this week, the Brazilian manufacturer announced today. Phenom 100s have been assembled at the Florida plant since early last year, with 14 of the U.S.-built light jets delivered to U.S., Canadian and Mexican customers to date.
From time to time Rocky and I entertain friends. Generally, as a 14-year-old golden retriever, he shows a lot of enthusiasm when someone first arrives but before long he ends up lying on his back in his semi-comatose, tongue hanging out, nap mode with his paws twitching in response to dreams of birds long ago retrieved. This time was different.
The idea of a “living wall” in a business jet cabin was something designer Edese Doret says he had been thinking about for about a year. After running the idea by a designated engineering representative (DER) and several engineers, he suggested it to a client, and he said, “and he loved it.” So New York-based Edese Doret Industrial Design was off and running. The end result is four Living Walls to be built into a privately owned Boeing 787-9–one wall each in the stateroom, the passageway, the lavatory and the lounge.
To prevent damage to aircraft as they are moved in hangars, charter and aircraft management provider Talon Air, based at Republic Airport on New York’s Long Island, has installed in two of its hangars a new Optex Redscan laser-scan perimeter-detection system that will warn pilots and hangar personnel when part of an aircraft comes within eight feet of the walls.
Lately, I find myself growing tired of memorials, most recently the one that fills the empty hole in the ground where the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers once stood, which its creators hope will, in some way, fill the empty holes in the hearts of so many.
Diamond Aircraft appears to have secured new funding that will allow it to resume progress on the single-engine D-Jet program. The funding–“a significant investment”–is dedicated to the D-Jet, according to Diamond, and permits the company to recall furloughed engineers and technicians, resume flight testing and build the next test aircraft. This is subject, however, “to finalization of closing arrangements” for the funding.
Last week marked the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. In her day, she was the biggest and best of her kind, incorporating the latest technology of the period.