When the economic bottom slipped from under the business aviation industry in 2001, those in the fractional ownership market were unsure where it would leave them. Recession was a new experience for those in the fractional market, which had come into its own in the mid-1990s, after the recession of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Mather Aviation of Sacramento, Calif., became an authorized line maintenance facility for Learjets.
Based at Mather Airport near Sacramento, Mather Aviation’s Rancho Cordova facility has a staff of 40 factory-trained technicians who offer 24-hour AOG assistance, line maintenance and avionics service. The company has an 86,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar and 25,000-sq-ft storage hangar.
Learjet 24, Guadalajara, Mexico, Jan. 9, 2007–The two pilots of an Ameristar Jet Charter Learjet were killed when it crashed in hills 15 miles from Miguel Hidalgo Airport. The airplane was destroyed in the crash and fire. The NTSB, Bombardier and GE, the engine manufacturer, are investigating the crash, the third fatal accident for Dallas-based Ameristar in the last six years.
Bombardier announced on Tuesday it is designating an aircraft dedicated to AOG parts delivery. At the same time it announced an improved facility. The company, which finished second-to-last ahead of only Sabreliner in last year’s AIN Product Support Survey, tapped in to its national Flexjet web of fractional-owned aircraft and crews, allocating the equivalent of a 100-percent share of one Learjet 45.
At about 3:30 a.m. on January 10, the pilots flying a cargo-carrying Learjet 35 from Jacksonville, Fla., to Columbus, Ohio, for Airnet Systems attempted an aileron roll, according to the NTSB, but the maneuver wasn’t entirely successful. “The crew reported they did an intentional roll,” said NTSB investigator-in-charge Todd Fox. “There was substantial damage. The elevators were bent, and there was some stabilizer damage.
Stevens Aviation Denver has received FAA approval to add new airframe and powerplant ratings to its repair station certificate. Under the amended certificate Stevens is now authorized to perform airframe maintenance on the Raytheon Premier I; Hawker 600A, 600B, 700A, 700B, 800, 800A, 800B, 800XP and 1000; Dassault Falcon 50, 50EX, 900, 900EX and 2000; and Learjet 31, 31A, 35, 35A, 36 and 36A.
Expeditors International of Washington has teamed with Bombardier Aerospace to establish super warehouses with Caterpillar Logistic Services as part of a sustained program to improve Bombardier’s parts availability, tracking and shipping operations.
West Star Aviation is developing “16g” cockpit, cabin and lavatory seats for the Cessna CitationJet line. The seats meet the emergency landing dynamic test requirements of FAR 23.562, which prescribes a 16g tolerance.
The FAA has approved a pairing of Raisbeck Engineering’s ZR Lite performance system for the Learjet 35/36 with West Star Aviation’s RVSM system. No changes to the West Star RVSM installation are required for any of the Raisbeck systems, and previously equipped RVSM airplanes also need no updates when installing the ZR Lite system.
Bombardier’s Learjet 45 has completed certification to fly into London City Airport– the downtown facility with a 5.5-degree steep approach and a single 4,327-foot runway. The approval, which the European Aviation Safety Agency issued on October 11, covers all Learjet 40s, 45s and 45XRs registered in EASA member states.