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.
Cessna confirmed yesterday that it now holds purchase agreements for no less than 160 of the Citation Mustang jet that it unveiled here at NBAA on Tuesday. It has collected $10,000 deposits for the new $2.295 million light jet.
Flight Options announced yesterday that it is adding the Cessna Citation X to its current stable of 10 aircraft models, with the first five aircraft becoming available on November 1.
After a successful flight program and anticipated certification, Aviation Partners Inc. (API) is announcing the Hawker 800SP blended winglet program, with initial customer deliveries beginning early next year.
Gulfstream Aerospace in Appleton, Wis., recently conducted the first complete logbook review for an aircraft maintenance inspection using AirLog Imaging aircraft records on CD-ROM. The procedure was a 12-month/600-hr inspection on a Hawker 800XP owned by U.S. Filter of Palm Springs, Calif.
Messier-Dowty believes that the success of its fully packaged landing gear for Bombardier’s Global Express and Continental and Raytheon’s Hawker Horizon has allowed the system-supplier concept to take root in business aviation. The group has high hopes of being named the landing gear system supplier for both Dassault’s new Falcon FNX program and Raytheon’s Hawker 450.
Midcoast Aviation in St. Louis is nearing group certification of an RVSM package for the Hawker 700. The company’s first STC will cover the Hawker 700s with Collins Pro Line II avionics. The cost of RVSM packages will range from $50,000 to $250,000, depending on the degree of modifications. Installation will range from one to four weeks.
Rockwell Collins last month began operating as a stand-alone company following its successful spin-off on June 29 from former parent Rockwell International, now renamed Rockwell Automation.
Flight Options’ foundation since its launch in October 1998 has been the tenet that a fractional share in a pre-owned jet makes better financial sense than one in a new jet, and it is a notion some 750 owners have embraced in the past 3.5 years. Now, however, Flight Options’ marketing people are tasked with convincing potential buyers that the Cleveland-based operator is also the best place to buy a share in a new airplane.
In the year since it was created on May 1, 2007, the Isle of Man aircraft registry has established itself as a popular offshore registry for business jet owners. Just over 50 aircraft have taken the Isle of Man’s M-tail numbers, more than four times the number targeted by the British Crown Dependency’s government.