This year–as in years past– Farnborough attendees can expect a frustrating trip to the show, with gridlock between the venue and the M3 a near certainty. For attendees who want to avoid spending hours in the car, PremiAir is offering flights from the London Heliport in Battersea to the show site. The 20-minute flight in an executive-configured Eurocopter AS 355 sells for about $1,500 (£775).
Jet Aviation at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI), West Palm Beach, Fla., has done that facility’s first installation and STC approval for Universal Avionics terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) and flight management system (FMS). “Although we have been installing other brands, this is the first time that the Universal (equipment) was installed here at West Palm Beach,” said Brian Wilson, avionics manager.
Steecon Enterprises has manufactured more than 500 pocket doors for corporate and business aircraft since it started operations in 1988. The company offers several different pocket doors built to fit specific size aircraft, and each door is built completely assembled and ready to install to aircraft bulkheads, said a spokesman.
Eurocopter AS 350B2, Chickaloon, Alaska, April 15, 2008–Four people were killed and one seriously injured when the ERA Helicopters AS 350 crashed on a steep, snow-covered mountain in mixed VFR and IFR conditions.
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.