Emivest Aerospace, formerly Sino Swearingen Aircraft, yesterday delivered its first SJ30 light jet and continues to ramp up production at its San Antonio plant. The twinjet, S/N 008, was handed over to owner Harry Mohney of Déjà Vu Consulting of Lansing, Mich.
Fargo Jet Center at Hector International Airport in Fargo, N.D., has signed up as an Avfuel-branded fuel dealer. Well known for its weather modification flying and aircraft modification, maintenance and avionics services, Fargo Jet occupies a facility that was extensively renovated last year. Amenities include a pilot suite with snooze room, flight-planning center, movie theater and free coffee, fresh fruit and muffins.
Can you imagine Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd at an NBAA Convention? Well, you don’t have to imagine it. The duo will appear at the NBAA Charities Gala as The Blues Brothers tonight from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Rosen Centre Hotel. In addition to dinner, attendees will get the chance to see The Blues Brothers serve up some of their classic hits, including “Sweet Home Chicago,” “Messin’ with the Kid,” and, of course, “Soul Man.”
Fargo Jet Center’s major remodeling and expansion is finished. The North Dakota FBO added a dramatic two-story stone fireplace to the lobby fronting a wide expanse of windows facing the ramp. New features also include a pilot’s suite with high-definition television, flight-planning room, quiet room and conference room.
Melbourne, Fla.-based Maverick Jets has moved manufacturing of its five-seat Leader twinjet kitplane to Tbilisi Aerospace Manufacturing in the republic of Georgia, CIS, to take advantage of TAM’s 2.7 million-square-foot, ISO 9000-certified facility. Subsequently, some 50 employees involved in manufacturing in Melbourne were let go.
Imagine being a new aircraft manufacturer and having Gene Cernan and Bob Hoover check out your airplane in one day. It happened yesterday to Jim McCotter, president and CEO of Maverick Jets, at the Maverick booth (No. 3915) when the astronaut and the aerobatic pilot each tried out the pilot’s seat of the mockup of the sleek personal jet (there’s an airplane at Static Display No. 21, also).
USAIG (Booth No. 2621) and its managers, United States Aviation Underwriters, this week announced the start of a year-long celebration of the company’s 75th anniversary. The New York-based company was launched in 1928 and has insured such well-known personalities as Lieutenant James (Jimmy) Dolittle’s first instrument flight and such tragedies as the crash of the airship Hindenburg.
Rosen Products is making a splash in the new product pool with announcement of the integration of Honeywell’s OneView satellite-direct television into its cabin entertainment system and introduction of a new wide-aspect ratio flat-panel monitor.
The GE T58-powered Maverick TwinJet is available only as a kit, but now McCotter Aviation, which purchased 90 percent of Penrose, Colo.-based Maverick Air in March, plans to develop a certified production airplane based on the Maverick dubbed the MC 2400. James McCotter, a Beaver Creek, Colo. businessman with interests in media and real estate, is president and principal owner of McCotter Aviation.
Graham Swannell, CEO; Donald Joseph, president; and Geoffrey Danes, director of operations, research and development–the three principals of Explorer Aircraft–had expected to move into the company’s 14,000-sq-ft “certification facility” in an industrial park on Jasper County (Texas) Bell Field over Christmas.