While the charter industry has seen some changes this year, the fractional-share business is undergoing a wrenching transition, with the shutdown of Avantair and the announced sale of Bombardier’s Flexjet to Flight Options parent Directional Capital.
Piaggio P.180 Avanti
Bankruptcy hearings for Avantair held last month in Tampa, Fla., brought some needed good news for share owners of the 56 ex-Avantair Piaggio Avantis who are hoping to return their aircraft to the sky. During one of the hearings, the Italian aircraft manufacturer unveiled a Service Bulletin (SB) that provides a path for owners of these Avantis to regain their airworthiness certificates, which were revoked by the FAA in late July and August.
New Jersey-based Part 145 repair station Teterboro Rams, which has mechanics’ liens on four ex-Avantair Piaggio Avanti turboprops in its possession, is “in negotiations with two groups [of owners] to release two of the aircraft,” Rams co-owner Dennis Espinosa told AIN. The FAA revoked the airworthiness certificates of all 56 ex-Avantair Avantis not long after the fractional provider was declared insolvent in late July.
A bankruptcy hearing for Avantair held yesterday in Tampa, Fla., brought some needed good news for share owners of the 56 ex-Avantair Piaggio Avantis, with the Italian OEM unveiling a path for them to get their aircraft back in the sky. These aircraft, which haven’t flown since early June when Avantair shut down, were officially grounded by the FAA last month when the agency revoked their airworthiness certificates.
Aviation Modification Leaders (AML) of Denton, Texas, completed the first installation of its high-speed AML 200 cabin router in a Piaggio Avanti.
The new carry-on/carry-off technology acts as a Wi-Fi hotspot and requires no STC. It allows up to 10 passengers in the aircraft simultaneous airborne access to Swiftbroadband Internet service worldwide (excluding polar regions) as well as a full complement of standard Wi-Fi connectivity capabilities with any personal electronic device, regardless of brand.
Southern England-based business aircraft sales, charter and management firm ConnectJets has been awarded the UK dealership for the Piaggio Aero Avanti II. As such, it is now the dealer for the twin turboprop in the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. ConnectJets said it will soon announce a partner so it can launch a shared-ownership program later this year for Avanti II clients throughout the UK and aforementioned self-governing Crown dependencies.
Banyan Air Service is here in São Paulo to convince Latin American operators why they should bring their aircraft north to its maintenance and modifications center at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida. At its LABACE exhibit (Stand 3011) the company also is demonstrating its Banyan Wi-View media server, which can store up to around 100 movies on an aircraft.
As prospects dim for Avantair, the Clearwater, Fla.-based Piaggio Avanti turboprop fractional ownership program, concerns about its future are taking a back seat to questions about how owners will recover their aircraft. Among recent developments:
The eleventh-hour proposal to restructure Avantair, the Clearwater, Fla.-based Piaggio Avanti turboprop fractional ownership program, is on hold amid owner resistance.
Rockwell Collins and Piaggio announced an upgrade program for the Piaggio Avanti twin turboprop. The program, available from Ruag Aviation, allows operators to upgrade their Pro Line 4 avionics to Pro Line 21. The Pro Line 21 P180 cockpit will be equipped with three or four 10-inch by 8-inch LCDs and Rockwell Collins’s Integrated Flight Information System, plus a new FMS and GPS-4000 that enables Waas LPV and space-based augmentation system with vertical guidance approaches.