Nimbus Group, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. firm that had until recently maintained its intention of buying very light jets to establish a nationwide air-taxi service, named Dr. Michael Wellikoff chairman and interim CEO. Wellikoff, a dentist, replaced Ilia Lekach, under whom the company last year failed to obtain financing to complete a highly promoted purchase of 1,000 Eclipse 500 very light twinjets.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer is “seriously” revisiting the idea of offering a corporate version of its 70-passenger regional twinjet, the 170. Embraer described an aircraft with a max range of about 5,000 nm, filling a niche between the Global Express and Gulfstream lines and the Airbus Corporate Jetliner and Boeing Business Jet. A spokesman at the company’s U.S.
Boeing Commercial Airplane’s Long Beach, Calif. site vice president and general manager, Pat McKenna, told ERA attendees that two prospective customers could sign deals for 10 to 15 Boeing 717s, and another pair of airlines could commit to “two or three” each before the end of the year.
Adam Aircraft of Englewood, Colo., told AIN that certification of the $2.1 million A700 business jet has moved to the right, from December this year to “early next year.” The company attributes the slippage to a delay in certification of the A500 centerline-thrust piston twin, from which the A700 twinjet is derived.
UltraJet, a membership-based charter company, has ordered 105 ProJets, the proposed very light twinjet from Westport, Conn.-based startup Avocet Aircraft, a U.S./Israeli joint venture. Announced at last month’s NBAA gathering in Orlando, the order is secured by a refundable deposit.
Flightline Group’s $24 million, four-year, multi-building development project at its Tallahassee (Fla.) Regional Airport (TLH) headquarters will soon begin to take form. By next month, construction crews will start building the company’s 26,000-sq-ft regional service center.
Last month West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Safire Aircraft said it would soon reveal the engine supplier for its S-26 very light twinjet. Safire disclosed last August it was seeking an alternate supplier to its first choice, Agilis Engines. Agilis, which has never manufactured an engine of its own design, is primarily a supplier of engineering services to OEMs. S-26 certification is planned for next year.
Safire Aircraft selected the Williams FJ33, derated to 1,100 pounds thrust, to power the Florida company’s S-26 very light twinjet. Safire disclosed last August it was seeking an alternate supplier to its first choice, Agilis Engines, which has never manufactured an engine of its own design but over the past several years has been a supplier of engineering services to OEMs.
US Airways has placed a firm order for 92 Airbus airliners, including the first ever for the A350XWB by a U.S. airline.
Seven crewmembers are presumed dead after a flight of two U.S. Navy T-39 Sabreliners crashed in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Panhandle last month. Navy officials said the two jets (military versions of the Sabreliner 40) were on a routine training flight from Pensacola Naval Air Station when they disappeared from radar about 40 mi south of Pensacola in the Gulf, with three people aboard one airplane and four on the other.