The new owners of the SJ30 light jet program are renaming their company “SyberJet Aircraft,” shuttering the former owner’s Martinsburg, W.Va., assembly line and moving most of the aircraft’s production tooling to Cedar City, Utah.
Sovereign Air recently opened at Henson Field in Hagerstown, Md., occupying the facilities of the former Aero-Smith FBO. The new operation offers fueling (Phillips 66), maintenance, catering, aircraft detailing, de-icing and quickturns. The 1,920 sq ft of terminal space contains a reception area, weather briefing room, crew lounge and conference area. A 5,500-sq-ft hangar is also part of the operation.
While many people may not be familiar with Maryland’s Hagerstown Regional Airport (HGR), President Bush’s pilots are. Air Force One has landed there so the White House entourage could be transported by helicopter to nearby Camp David.
The regional airline industry lost a legend on June 12, when Dick Henson succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 92.
The lawyer representing former Fairchild Dornier employees issued a statement on May 14 that reasserts a court petition to force the company’s U.S. subsidiaries into Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The statement came just two weeks after the law firm of Campbell Miller Zimmerman expressed optimism over Fairchild Dornier’s assurances that it would “immediately” address its U.S.
The severe financial problems at Fairchild Dornier have left the Envoy 3 and 7 programs in doubt. Ironically (or perhaps intentionally), the 728 regional jet platform for the Envoy 7 was rolled out on March 21, just before the company filed for insolvency on April 2.
Fairchild Dornier Aero Industries has filed for bankruptcy protection in a German district court, virtually ensuring the end of the latest attempt to resuscitate the long-foundering 728 regional jet. The company’s primary shareholder, Chinese investment firm D’Long, has cut off all funding for the enterprise after subsidiary D’Long Europe failed to attract any serious interest from outside investors.