West Star Aviation is continuing to look for select niches to extend its large and small business aircraft service offerings, while at the same time strengthening its FBO brand, according to Rick Brainard, general manager of the company’s Grand Junction, Colo. facility.
A Hawker 900XP crew recently discovered after landing that a slightly out-of-tolerance closing mechanism can render the cabin door unopenable from inside the airplane, leaving the emergency hatch the only exit. The pilot radioed a lineman to grab the keys through the pilot’s side window and unlock the door handle from outside.
A Hawker 900XP crew recently discovered after landing that a slightly out-of-tolerance closing mechanism can render the cabin door unopenable from inside the airplane, leaving the emergency hatch as the only exit. Luckily, the pilot was able to radio a lineman to grab the keys through the pilot’s side window and unlock the door handle from outside.
UK-based Kilfrost, which is celebrating 66 years since it helped introduce the first in-flight de-icing systems to keep wings frost and ice free, has developed DFsustain [The initials DF stand for de-icing fluid.–Ed.] from a corn-based glycol called Susterra, developed by DuPont Tate and Lyle BioProducts, rather than the more traditional crude-oil derived glycol.
An apparent design problem with the airborne weather radar radomes in Hawker business jets could prevent the radars from accurately painting storm cells ahead, making them appear less hazardous than they really are, say pilots.
If you are looking to buy a business jet whose manufacturer provides the highest level of after-sales product support, then you would purchase one of Gulfstream’s original models, according to the results of AIN’s latest product service and support survey. The survey of 798 readers also showed that the turboprop with the best support was one that hasn’t been manufactured since 1985–the Mitsubishi MU-2.
Hawker Beechcraft late last week completed the sale of the majority of its wholly owned fuel and line operations to Signature Flight Support parent company BBA Aviation. The transaction included operations in Atlanta; Houston and San Antonio, Texas; Indianapolis; Tampa, Fla.; Wichita; and Van Nuys, Calif.
Four months after John Nahill, former v-p of corporate strategy and development at Raytheon Co., took charge of Flight Options from its founder and then chairman and CEO Kenn Ricci, Raytheon in mid-June completed a “financial recapitalization agreement” in which it now owns approximately 65 percent of the world’s second-largest fractional aircraft ownership company.
Raytheon Aircraft Corp. (RAC), which lost millions of dollars last year, has placed on hold further development of the Hawker 450, a twin- engine light midsize business jet that had been tentatively scheduled to enter service in 2006. Development of the jet was announced at the NBAA Convention in 2000.
The Mexican air-taxi company Sarsa purchased a new Raytheon Hawker 800XP at the convention. Based in Monterrey, Sarsa has flown Hawkers for 30 years, and this is their 12th purchase of the aircraft. “They are so reliable you can bank on them,” said Felipe Cardenas, general director of Sarsa. The air taxi’s typical mission is 1.2 hr with four passengers. Twice a month, it flies from Toluca, Mexico, to New York nonstop.