RAYTHEON BEECH KING AIR 200, PITULJA, BOSNIA, FEB. 26, 2004–A King Air carrying Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski, six of his aides and two pilots crashed in the Bosnian mountains, about 50 miles south of Sarajevo. There were no survivors. An investigation of the accident is ongoing, and the NTSB is assisting.
“I’m very pleased this year,” Agustin Melgar, director of Aero ’04, told AIN. “Last year we had 37 vendors and this year we have 63. We’ve filled up our space completely, but most important is which vendors came. We’ve got the big companies like Gulfstream, Embraer, Cessna, Sikorsky and CAE SimuFlite.”
NBAA has confirmed plans to launch a new annual Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). This July 14 to 16 it will stage a prelude to the new show with its ABACE Forum to be held in Hong Kong. This will be followed by a full-blown event to be held in Shanghai, China, in the summer next year (firm dates to be announced soon).
The average price of jet fuel in the U.S. is edging upward, according to two independent surveys. Within the lower 48 states, Fillup Flyer Fuel Finder (www.fillupflyer.com) reported that the average price in late March was $2.63 a gallon, up about 15 cents since January. The highest price found by Fuel Finder was $4.15 a gallon in the Southeast region.
The Transportation Security Administration began random security checks of airline and airport employees in Florida and Puerto Rico last month after authorities arrested two Comair employees for smuggling weapons and drugs aboard a Delta Air Lines flight from Orlando to San Juan.
As the only approved IFR-capable MD 500E in the world, N5144Q is no ordinary MD 500E helicopter. To stand a chance of bettering Ron Bower’s solo 1994 round-the-world-in-a-helicopter record, Simon Oliphant-Hope needed to have it back in the UK. The managing director of Eastern Atlantic Helicopters located N5144Q in California and brought it back to his home airfield, at Shoreham on England’s south coast.
In his State of the Union message to Congress, President Bush laid out the broad and ambitious objectives and goals the administration hopes to achieve during his second term. Topping the list was social security reform, for which the President sketched out options but acknowledged that it would be up to Congress to thrash out the details of any proposed legislation.
American Utilicraft (AWC) last month said that WSI Hong Kong had signed a letter of intent in November last year “to facilitate on-going discussions and negotiations for positions on 300 FF-1080 Freight Feeder Aircraft, including exclusive rights for sales and support in the Far East Markets.” According to John Dupont, president and CEO of AUC, this indicates the company’s efforts to launch “back into the market” post-9/11, and is a statement
Taiwan’s government is expected to lift a long-standing prohibition of private aircraft ownership in the first quarter of next year. Several charter providers that already operate helicopters as permitted under existing rules have indicated, off the record, that they are now making plans to buy business jets later this year.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, has joined the Million Air family, bringing to 29 the total number of FBOs housed under the Million Air chain. Located at Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (TJIG), the new FBO comprises a 5,600-sq-ft passenger facility and 14,000-sq-ft hangar. Construction is scheduled for completion in mid-month, and the official opening date is slated for May 1.