Two joint ventures of simulator manufacturer CAE (Stand No. 530) made key announcements in the run-up to this week’s MEBA show. First, initial customers for Embraer’s Phenom 100 very light jet have passed the FAA practical test at the Embraer CAE Training Services (ECTS) facility at Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, Texas. Second, Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT) of Dubai announced two offshore helicopter contracts.
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Club Airways, the European scheduled business jet service, is broadening its fleet beyond Learjet 45s and is also rethinking its planned route network. Almost six months after beginning operations on February 17, Club Airways is now offering two daily round-trip flights between Geneva and Paris Le Bourget Airport.
Atlantic Aviation opened a new 6,000-sq-ft FBO terminal at Charleston Executive Airport in Johns Island, S.C. The new FBO terminal “incorporates the old-world features of low-country architecture and welcomes travelers with classic southern charm,” according to Atlantic Aviation. Atlantic Aviation has two FBOs in the Charleston area, at Charleston International Airport and Charleston Executive.
Some $10.1 million in direct government aid allowed Midway Airlines to reopen for business December 19, but its days as a regional/national hybrid operating Bombardier CRJs alongside its mainline jets appear to be over.
The Regional Airline Association’s first formal get-together since the events of September 11 assumed an understandably reflective mood, as some of the industry’s most influential figures discussed the prospects for an industry recovery. For regional airlines, the speed at which such a recovery arrives may
Sometimes it’s tough to know where your friends are. In many state governments, the department of transportation can be as big an enemy to general aviation as unscrupulous developers and crooked zoning officials. In Pennsylvania, however, state transportation secretary Bradley Mallory holds a different view.
Attendees at this year’s Aviation Services and Suppliers’ SuperShow (AS3) were acutely aware that this was their first such get-together since September 11. AS3 is a joint trade show held during the concurrent conventions of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA).
The FAA is reviewing a proposed noise-compatibility program for San Antonio International Airport. The program, being formulated under Part 150, is scheduled to be approved or disapproved no later than September 30. Comments may be submitted until June 2. For more information contact the FAA in Fort Worth, Texas, at (817) 222-5607.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Embraer president and CEO Frederico Curado this afternoon jointly announced that the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer is building a $51 million, 149,500-sq-ft Phenom 100/300 final assembly, painting and delivery and customer operations center at Melbourne Airport.
Stewart International Airport (SWF) in Newburgh, N.Y., has appointed Clough Harbor Associates of Albany, N.Y., to lead the completion of the airport’s master plan update for future development. The airport is operated under a 99-year lease from the state of New York by National Express Corp. (NEC), the U.S. branch of the UK’s National Express Group, a $3.7 billion holding company.