Hawker Beechcraft last week celebrated its first anniversary as a private entity, and the company reports it’s doing very well all on its own. On March 26, 2007, GS Capital Partners, an affiliate of Goldman Sachs and Onex Partners, acquired the former Raytheon Aircraft.
Eclipse Aviation announced the opening of its third service center during a ceremony at Albany International Airport in late February.
The 42,800-sq-ft facility encompasses eight maintenance bays in 30,000 sq ft of hangar space and also houses storage, tooling and customer service areas. Construction on the $8 million facility began in October 2005 and it received operational approval and certification from the FAA on February 25.
Travelers’ aviation unit last month introduced a new workers compensation insurance program for corporate flight departments. According to the company, its aviation workers compensation program will provide “top-quality workers compensation coverage” for general aviation flight departments–including pilots, ground crew and administrative staff–to help keep rising loss cost trends under control.
French-based executive air charter operator THS has filed a lawsuit against NetJets Europe for “dissimulated labor.” THS alleges that NetJets has hired pilots under foreign contracts, thus evading French taxes and social contributions. Therefore, the company claims it is at a disadvantage and pilots do not have the social security they should have. THS asserts that some 100 pilots are affected.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer ended calendar year 2007 with a record 169 deliveries and a record backlog of firm orders valued at $18.8 billion. The numbers reflected activity in all aircraft segments, including its Executive Jet division.
To streamline the application process for air traffic controllers, the FAA has created consolidated screening and testing centers to provide “one-stop shopping” for prospective employees. According to the agency, consolidating security clearances, medical screenings and fingerprinting allows it to slash weeks off the application process. The first pre-employment processing center opened at the beginning of the year in New York.
Dassault Aviation CEO and Gifas chairman Charles Edelstenne had a sobering message for the European community despite presenting news that the French aerospace industry wrote a record €57.5 billion in orders last year. Speaking today at French aerospace trade group Gifas’s annual meeting, Edelstenne warned, “These results hide a very worrying reality.
Robinson Helicopter delivered its first R22 piston single in October 1979. Exactly 24 years later, the Torrance, Calif. manufacturer delivered its 5,000th helicopter. This milestone represents the production of 3,489 R22s and 1,522 four-seat R44s. The 5,000th machine, an R44 Raven II, was shipped to National Airways, a Robinson dealer based in Lanseria, South Africa.
Speaking yesterday at the fractional provider’s Port Columbus (Ohio) Airport operations center, NetJets CEO Richard Santulli ended months of speculation by announcing that the company will be staying put in the Buckeye State. Despite fierce competition from cities such as Raleigh, N.C.; Orlando, Fla.; and Fort Worth, Texas, in the end NetJets decided to expand its existing facility in Columbus rather than relocate.
The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) gave “Sentinel of Safety” awards to Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) to honor them for advancing aviation safety.
According to the controllers’ union, LoBiondo has been an outspoken leader on countless issues affecting the lives of working union members.