Access Concierge has partnered with Chicago-based DB Aviation (Booth No. 2612) to provide exclusive “flight concierge” services for more than 100 flights per month. The service offers wealthy travelers access to personal concierge staff who can assist them with arrangements such as villa rentals, limousines, on-site medical visits, golf and spa appointments and dining reservations.
The Scottish firm of Andrew Muirhead & Son is introducing a luxury leather called Arisaig, named after a section of Scotland’s west coast renowned for its natural beauty. According to the Glasgow-based company, it is made from the best quality hides from British beef cattle. The hides are put through a wet process to ensure a through-dye quality and they are then finished with a specially formulated resin top coat.
An FAA-operated King Air, N11, in late July landed gear up at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) after a gear malfunction. After taking off from SLC and raising the gear, the pilot noticed that the three green gear lights went out and the red gear transit light illuminated. He saw that the gear had not retracted and attempted to recycle it, but it failed to lock down.
London-based helicopter operator PremiAir claimed to have operated more than trips between the London heliport (often referred to as Battersea) and the show here in Farnborough. PremiAir has flown “more than 160 senior aerospace executives” with its Eurocopter AS 355 Twin Squirrel and Sikorsky S-76. The trip takes 20 minutes.
It’s fitting that the first museum to which Raytheon Aircraft is donating a Beech Starship–the Kansas Aviation Museum–is located in Wichita, the city where the composite twin-turboprop pusher was conceived, designed and built. In June Raytheon Aircraft disclosed to AIN (July, page 1) that it planned to destroy all 50 Starships produced because continued support is cost prohibitive.
Dwarfed by other aircraft in the static display area, the LH-10 Ellipse is only 17 feet long and has a wingspan of just over 26 feet. But what it lacks in size it makes up for with performance. Powered by a single 100-hp Rotax 921 ULS, the Ellipse can cruise at 200 knots and cover France from coast to coast without refueling. It burns avgas 98 at the rate of 5.28 gph, which is a great deal less than a motor car.
Jet Aviation has implemented an online registration system for aircraft planning to visit any of its worldwide locations, including Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland; Düsseldorf, Germany; London Biggin Hill, UK; Singapore; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Bedford, Mass.; Dallas; Teterboro, N.J.; and West Palm Beach, Fla. Aircraft operators can reserve aircraft services, hotel rooms, ground transportation and catering online at www.
Cessna 525B Citation CJ3, Destin, Fla., July 3, 2008–No one was injured when the CitationJet slid off the runway at Destin’s Fort Walton Beach Airport. The jet is registered to M-A-M Leasing of Cleveland.
Who wouldn’t want to wake up just a stone’s throw from the heart of the Farnborough airshow this week? Some lucky show goers are doing exactly that with the opening this week of the new Aviator Hotel (below).
Parts distributor Avio-Diepen is here in Hall 3 Stand C6 and is sponsoring the Sally B, the UK’s last remaining airworthy B-17 Flying Fortress. The Sally B flies regularly at air shows, memorial flypasts and commemorative events as a memorial to the 79,000 Allied airmen who gave their lives during the Second World War.