FltPlan.com released a free airport and FBO guide that can be downloaded onto PDAs such as the Palm Treo, Windows Mobile devices and BlackBerrys as well as laptops and EFBs. The guide is updated weekly and includes information on more than 5,000 airports in the U.S., Bahamas, Canada and Mexico.
London Heathrow Airport is becoming more accessible to business aircraft operators thanks to the downturn in airline traffic. Following the controversial abolition of opportunity slots in 1998, the UK gateway had become almost unusable for ad hoc corporate flights.
Look for a new helicopter variant of a tried-and-true veteran design to bow in at next month’s HAI HeliExpo ’02. Bearing the temporary cognomen of JRX, the expanded variant of the basic Bell 206 will boast a roomier cabin and wider windows. It is hoped both changes will attract orders from air-tour operators.
“Poor judgment” and “overconfidence” on the part of the pilot caused the January 14 accident of a King Air A90 near Lake Point, Utah, according to the NTSB’s final report. The airplane was in IMC and returning from a skydiving flight when it crashed, killing the pilot and all eight parachutists. The airplane had been stripped of all avionics except for one transceiver and a handheld GPS receiver.
First-time EBACE exhibitor Fliteport is here to launch a new trip-planning service for the Middle East, Asia and Africa regions.
Fliteport is based in Dubai and is owned by Executive Aviation Group, which is planning to expand beyond trip-handling into other business aviation services including FBOs, said Mazher Hussain, operations manager.
Japan has opened Tokyo Haneda Airport to international general aviation flights via 16 slots per hour, available between 11 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. daily. Outside those times, international flights will have to land at other designated airports to clear customs and procedural requirements before being permitted to fly to other destinations within Japan. Applications should be filed by the 15th of the month before the proposed date of flight.
The shareholders of Rocky Mountain Holdings of Provo, Utah, signed a non-binding letter of intent last month with an unnamed buyer, said to be another aeromedical operator, for the purchase of RMH. The terms of the letter require both sides to remain silent until a definitive agreement is reached (estimated to take about 30 days) or the discussions are terminated.
Starlite Aviation Catering has opened a facility in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.,“just minutes from Hollywood International Airport.” It is the first major expansion for the company, established in 1985 and headquartered in West Palm Beach, Fla. The new location will handle orders through its West Palm Beach call center but will serve half a dozen Fort Lauderdale-area airports, including Kendall-Tamiami, Miami International and Opa Locka.
Jeffersons Private Jet Holidays launched a luxury vacation service using chartered business aircraft. The London-based company is offering short-break packages, including flights, top-class hotels and limousines, at prices starting at around $3,800 for a three-night stay in Paris. The jets chartered by Jeffersons include UK-based Citation CJ1s, IIs and Excels, as well as Learjet 45s.
Naples, Fla., is the site for Air Chef’s 14th business aircraft catering facility in 11 metropolitan areas. The 2,500-sq-ft kitchen, said president Paul Schweitzer, is distinguished by a “collection of fine wines.” The Naples location marked the third opening of a new Air Chef catering kitchen this year. Two new facilities in Chicago were launched in June.