The primary business arms of Jet Aviation Basel, maintenance and completions, celebrated their achievements last month. Jet Aviation is exhibiting at two locations at NBAA 2014, booths 1200 and 4600.
Frasca International (Booth 3073) last month received level-D approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China for the Cessna Citation CJ1+ full flight simulator delivered to the country’s Nanshan International Flight Academy. The simulator features Frasca’s Simplicity Instructor Operator Station software, a 60-inch electric motion base, CANbus interface system, Griffon real-time true operating environment and TruFeel electric control loading. It was recently installed at the Nanshan facility at Longkou.
ADS-B is without question a promising solution to the many safety, capacity and other suboptimal characteristics of today’s air traffic management system. Moreover, most observers agree that ADS-B will be one of the essential keys to America’s NextGen air traffic control system and comparable programs worldwide. All that is a given. Unfortunately, its introduction appears to be off to a rocky start.
A number of NextGen-based airspaces changes will take effect November 13 across the U.S. and Canada. The updates, part of the FAA’s regular charting cycle, show the most significant changes coming to the combined U.S. and Canadian airspace near Windsor/Toronto and Montreal, as well as Boston, Washington and New York. Airspace in parts of Tennessee and South Carolina will also be updated in the mid-November cycle. Cleveland Center is preparing for 17 amended routes, the deletion of 20 jet routes and the addition of 21 Q routes.
The FAA recently published a new advisory circular–AC 135-14B–to address operational procedures and equipment requirements for helicopter air ambulance (HAA) operators following an increase in fatal HAA accidents.
New York resident John Michael Dial was sentenced on October 2 in U.S. District Court, Sacramento, Calif., to two years incarceration and 12 months of supervised release for operating a helicopter without a valid pilot certificate, as well as for operating under a false identity. A federal investigation revealed that from Dec. 16, 2009, to Aug. 4, 2010, Dial operated news helicopters in the San Francisco area under a false identity.
Global Jet Capital (GJC), a new source of leasing and lending options for business jet transactions, starts operations this week. The company has been launched with an initial $2 billion fund with the backing of three investment firms: GSO Capital Partners, The Carlyle Group and AE Industrial Partners.
Navtech is a firm that many business aviation pilots might not be familiar with, but the company’s growing product line fits the needs of many types of operations, and not just the airlines that have been the company’s principal customer. Currently, Navtech’s customer base includes more than 400 airlines and aviation service companies, which use its paper and electronic charts, navigation data, flight-planning services, performance software and crew-planning solutions.
Joël Frugier has been named general manager of the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) in Toulouse, France. The facility, which employs about 270 people, specializes in servicing and maintaining ACJs, including those in the A320, A330 and A340 series. It has delivered 27 VIP cabins for ACJ319s and ACJ320s to customers in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Aircraft service provider Duncan Aviation (Booth 208) has introduced what it calls the On-Target Turntime program. The goal: “getting customers back in the air faster” and ensuring accurate completion times for maintenance and repair work.
The first project completed under the program was a C-check inspection and due items along with EASy II provisioning for a Dassault Falcon 2000EX. Duncan finished the job in the promised 21 days, a full week faster than its usual time for this inspection.