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.
“If you’re reading this and haven’t made travel arrangements for the Olympics yet, you’re definitely behind the power curve,” Nancy Pierce, technical sales and support manager for international trip planning for Jeppesen, told AIN. The Beijing Olympics are being held from August 8 to 24.
An amendment to Massachusetts’ recently approved 2002 budget (H.B.3207) will eliminate the 5-percent sales and use tax when aircraft and aircraft parts are sold in the state, starting in March. Even though the tax- break amendment was approved as the legislature completed its business for the year, state tax officials will need until March to make the required procedural changes that formally extinguish the tax.
The CanPass general aviation border-crossing program resumes on April 2 at 176 airports in Canada. The program, which allows pre-screened travelers to clear customs quickly, was suspended immediately after September 11. The restored program will be available only for flights from the U.S. For more information, visit the Canada Customs Web site at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/.
At press time the inaugural Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) was still officially scheduled for January 16 to 18 in Saõ Paulo, Brazil, but NBAA said it was giving serious consideration to changing the show’s date, a move prompted by the country’s presidential election next month and the expected formation of a new national civil aviation agency, which the association said needs time “to become fully establi
The FAA has installed nearly 30 Webcams in Alaskan mountain passes, rocky coasts and remote villages to supplement the agency’s aviation weather reports. Each of
the sites includes the direction being viewed plus a “loop” feature that permits a nearly 360-degree view. Images can be viewed at http://akweathercams.faa.gov.
The families of nine people killed in a February 2004 Super King Air crash cannot sue the manufacturer, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District has ruled. The court upheld a lower court’s decision, which stated that the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994 precluded the lawsuit. The act states that manufacturers cannot be held liable if the aircraft is more than 18 years old. The King Air in question was built in 1980.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200, Huambo, Angola, Jan. 19, 2008–Thirteen people, including the pilot and copilot, were killed when the Gira-globo charter flight crashed in the mountains on an IMC approach to Huambo Aerodrome. The Angola Department of Civil Aviation is investigating the accident with the help of an NTSB representative.
Past returns may not be proof of future growth, but Texas Aviation Services of Fort Worth, coming off record revenues in 2007, is betting on continued demand for its helicopter interior completion and refurbishment services.
Investors from the United Arab Emirates are trying to purchase a majority share of financially troubled would-be jet manufacturer Sino Swearingen Aircraft, according to a news report published by Taiwan’s Central News Agency. However, the buyout plan might be subject to Taiwanese government approval following a planned presentation