Comlux has won a contract to conduct major maintenance and refurbishment work on a Boeing Business Jet “bizliner” based in Asia. The airliner-size business aircraft, operated on behalf of its private owner by Hong Kong-based management company Sino Jet, is due to arrive at the Comlux America completions center in Indianapolis during the second quarter of 2014 and will spend four months there.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has described the results of its 2013 annual safety report as “very positive for global aviation safety outcomes.” The report, released on April 10, showed the 2013 global accident rate to have declined to 2.8 per million departures last year versus 3.2 per million in 2012. The number of fatal accidents among scheduled air carriers, however, remained steady at nine last year. Fatalities plummeted 55 percent from 2012, to 173 from 388. Compared with a 2010 baseline, fatalities are down 74 percent.
One hundred International Civil Aviation Organization member states and nine international organizations agreed on April 7 to adopt new protocols to the 1963 Tokyo Convention related to offenses committed aboard aircraft. ICAO said the agreement was reached after four years of work focused on the increased frequency of incidents involving disruptive and unruly passengers on scheduled commercial flights.
The FAA announced on April 9 that the aviation safety rating of the Philippines has been upgraded to category one from category two after the agency completed an international safety assessment last month. The Philippines’ safety rating was set to category two in 2008 for unspecified safety deficiencies.
Kanata, Canada-based First Air said it fired two Boeing 737 pilots last week after an incident in which the crew allowed the aircraft to stray from its programmed flight plan on a March 31 trip between Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, and Iqaluit. Initial reports claim the pilots might not have followed the company’s standard operating procedures and mis-programmed the aircraft’s flight management system. The aircraft, carrying 19 passengers and four crewmembers, arrived safely at its destination, 20 minutes late.
German air navigation service provider DFS (Deutsche Flugsicherung), which has criticized air traffic management (ATM) performance targets sought by the European Commission, announced 2013 results showing improved management of Germany’s airspace, which has Europe’s highest traffic volume.
The Greater Chinese business jet fleet grew 21 percent last year, to 371 aircraft, according to the latest data compiled by Hong Kong-based aircraft sales, management, charter and consultancy firm Asian Sky Group. From 2007 to 2013, the fleet expanded at a compound annual growth rate of 34 percent, significantly more than the global rate of 5 percent.
Today at ABACE 2014, Airbus Corporate Jetliner introduced the ACJ319 Elegance, which offers a new modular cabin that still allows customers to choose from many lounge, office, dining and conference configurations. The Elegance is aimed at customers who don’t want to invest the time and effort in making the nearly endless design decisions for a bizliner.
Cessna Aircraft announced a 10-aircraft order for float-equipped Grand Caravan EXs today at ABACE 2014 from Beijing-based Reignwood Group for tourism services in China. The company agreed to acquire the amphibian turboprop singles through the Cessna-Avic Shijiazhuang facility, which has been assembling Cessna Caravans for the Chinese market since late last year.
Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre received Civil Aviation Administration of China and FAA approval for maintenance of Hawker 800-series business jets, the company announced today at ABACE 2014. It also has been designated an authorized service facility for Cessna Citations by the newly formed Textron Aviation, which also owns Hawker and Beechcraft.