Battle lines have formed in the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) review of the $10,000 fine the FAA charged Raphael Pirker for operating a small unmanned aircraft. Six parties filed “friend of the court” amicus briefs by the NTSB’s May 16 deadline, including a coalition of major news media organizations supporting Pirker’s position.
European Union government ministers meeting at the ILA air show in Berlin on Tuesday said they will back a new European Commission (EC) complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the state of Washington’s offer of $8.7 billion in financial support for Boeing’s 777X development.
As scheduled, Pilatus Aircraft opened the orderbook for the PC-24 twinjet yesterday at EBACE 2014 and all day long at the Pilatus booth chairman Oscar Schwenk and CEO Markus Bucher signed contracts with avid buyers. The first contract was inked by Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, with an order for four PC-24s. U.S. fractional-share PC-12 operator PlaneSense placed an order for six PC-24s, and other buyers included Falcon Aviation Services of the UAE, with two; Luxembourg-based Jetfly, four; U-Haul International in the U.S., two; and many others.
Gama Charters has hired 100 pilots to support ongoing deliveries of Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft ordered by private aviation membership club Wheels Up, and plans to recruit 100 more as the twin-engine turboprops roll off the assembly line in Wichita. Gama Charters, the U.S. subsidiary of Gama Aviation (Booth 5551), of Farnborough, UK, dry leases and serves as exclusive operator of the Wheels Up-registered 350i aircraft for member flights in the U.S. Northeast, Southeast and Southwest.
As scheduled, Pilatus Aircraft opened the order book for its PC-24 today at EBACE, and it had orders for 75 of the utility twinjets by the time the show closed for the day. The first contract was inked by the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, with an order for four PC-24s. U.S. fractional-share PC-12 operator PlaneSense placed an order for six PC-24s, and other buyers included Falcon Aviation Services of the UAE, with two; Luxembourg-based Jetfly, four; and U-Haul International in the U.S., two.
Bombardier Aerospace unveiled a full-scale mockup of its Global 7000 yesterday on its stand at EBACE 2014 (Booth 6656). The Canadian manufacturer claims this is the largest-ever business jet mockup–at 111 feet long–and said it “showcases the aircraft’s spaciousness, luxury and comfort.” The massive mockup was shipped from the UK to the European mainland and Geneva via boat and truck.
Slovenia-based charter management company Elit’Avia (Booth 5134) announced on the eve of EBACE 2014 that it had received approval from the Slovenian Civil Aviation Agency for extended range operations (EROPS) for its Bombardier Global 6000 and Challenger 605. EROPS approval allows aircraft to fly flight paths that provide three-hour access over water using one engine to a suitable alternate airport.
Airbus Helicopters is increasing the mtow of the EC175 medium twin by 660 pounds, to 17,180 pounds, thus offering an equivalent growth in payload or an extra 40 nm in radius of action. Certification at the higher weight is expected in 2016, following a flight-test campaign scheduled for next year.
Now on a demonstration tour, the current version of the EC175 is visiting three locations serving the North Sea this week–Norwich, England; Aberdeen, Scotland; and Stavanger, Norway–all major bases for offshore oil-and-gas operations.
Fractional provider NetJets is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of its corporate ancestor, U.S. air charter and management company Executive Jet Airways, later renamed Executive Jet Aviation. The first celebration took place today at EBACE, with follow-on festivities scheduled for NetJets’ main headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, tomorrow; at the company’s offices in London on Thursday; and at NetJets Europe’s offices in Lisbon, Portugal, on Friday. EJA was founded on May 21, 1964, by a group of retired World War II U.S. Air Force generals led by Brigadier General O. F.“Dick” Lassiter.
Slovenia-based charter management company Elit’Avia received approval from the Slovenian Civil Aviation Agency for extended-range operations (EROPS) for its Bombardier Global 6000 and Challenger 605. EROPS approval allows aircraft to fly routes that provide three-hour access over water using one engine to a suitable alternate airport, twice that for extended-range twin-engine operation performance standard (ETOPS) regulations. This allows for more direct routings.