A proposed Learjet 45 FAA airworthiness directive is prompted by reports of non-conforming windshield supports (coupe rails). It would require a general visual inspection to detect gouging and scratches and to determine if a radius has been removed; an ultrasound inspection to measure the dimensions of the lower coupe rails; an eddy current inspection to detect cracks of the lower coupe rails; replacement of the lower coupe rails if necessary; and revision of the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable.
XOJet late last month announced 50-percent year-over-year growth and that it expects more of the same or better into this new year. The Brisbane, Calif.-based charter operator and private jet membership provider is accelerating expansion of its fleet, adding a Bombardier Challenger 300 and its first Challenger 605 last month. The company plans to add another of each type this year.
Maintenance, completion and refurbishment specialist Flying Colours delivered its first Challenger 850 green completion in December and the program is ramping up, according to director of sales and marketing Sean Gillespie.
Six more Challenger 850s are in the completion pipeline at the company’s Peterborough, Ontario facility and at JetCorp, its U.S.-based company in St. Louis.
Bombardier Aerospace has enhanced its customer support for business aircraft operators in the Middle East with the expansion of its Mobile Response
Team (MRT) into the region. The MRT consists of six EASA-licensed technicians operating under Bombardier maintenance approval. The teams can respond to AOG situations across the Middle East and have already supported customers in Qatar and Jordan.
Bombardier Aerospace has enhanced its Middle East presence with the expansion of its mobile response team (MRT) into the region. The MRT is composed of six EASA-licensed technical experts operating under Bombardier maintenance approval. The team can now respond to AOGs across the Middle East and has already supported customers in Qatar and Jordan, according to a Bombardier spokesman.
“The Air France flight to Brussels is leaving from Platform Two,” could soon be a commonplace announcement following the French carrier’s partnership with railway operator Thalys International. Air France recognizes that the SNCF is its main rival in the French domestic market, but the airline also operates several routes in partnership with the French rail company.
Despite the ERA’s furious protest against what it regards as anticompetitive government subsidies to rail operators, the darlings of the powerful European environmental lobby continue to draw traffic away from ERA members and regional airlines in general.
Shut down years ago for nearby construction, the Providence (R.I.) downtown helipad has reopened for dropoffs and pickups only (no parking). Prior permission is required to use the resurfaced and remarked (but unlit) helipad on the shore of the Providence River. To make reservations, pilots should call (401) 737-4000, extension 227 or 228.
Three years after they merged, Air France and KLM say the combination has paid off. At a press conference to announce the 2006-07 result here in Paris last month, chairman Jean-Cyril Spinetta reported strong increases in revenue and income. The joint French/ Dutch operation is profitable, and the share price has risen 70 percent this year. “By every standard, it’s been successful,” added vice chairman Leo Van Wijk.