Private jet travelers have a new option this summer to sample jet-card membership without the typical 25-hour annual commitment. The Bombardier Skyjet Demo Card is being offered as a special promotion through the end of August. Available to new customers only, the Skyjet Demo Card is priced at a flat $10,000, which can be applied based on 100-hour regular Skyjet Card rates.
On July 15 at 0845 MDT, Learjet 35A N620JM was substantially damaged when the airplane went off the runway at Eagle County Regional Airport, Colo., during the landing roll. The landing gear collapsed and the twinjet subsequently caught fire. VMC prevailed at the time of the accident and wind was 290 degrees at four knots. The on-demand medical transport flight from Aspen, Colo., to Eagle was operating on a VFR flight plan under Part 135.
“War on Error” is the theme of the 2005 Safety Standdown seminar being held by Bombardier Learjet from October 25 through 27 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita. The objective of this annual three-day conference is to improve corporate aviation safety, and the topics covered are applicable to all business jets regardless of manufacturer.
Nearly seven months after domestic RVSM went into effect only four aircraft models have reached 100-percent fleet compliance with RVSM requirements–the Gulfstream G100, Learjet 45 and Citation CJ2 and X.
Hamlin Jet has joined with Northern Executive Aviation (NEA) of Manchester, UK, to open a satellite service center at London Luton Airport (EGGW). The two companies will be offering line maintenance and warranty support for existing NEA clients and visiting aircraft from the U.S. and Europe. Services include hangarage and full factory warranty support on all Learjet models, whether JAA or FAA registered.
The worldwide fleet of approximately 500 Learjet 20-series aircraft is the target for an RVSM solution offered by Olathe, Kan.-based Butler National.
Avcon Industries, a wholly owned subsidiary of Butler National, and its RVSM project partner BizJet, a Lufthansa Technik Service company, have already upgraded more than 25 airplanes with the Avcon/BizJet RVSM group solution.
As news about precision area navigation (more commonly referred to as PRnav) in Europe starts showing up in the aviation press, chief pilots and maintenance managers are asking how it will affect them and–perhaps more to the point–what it will cost. The short answer is that PRnav in Europe will affect operators as much as they choose to let it.
Bombardier received FAA approval last month of the Honeywell TFE731-20BR upgrade for the Learjet 45 and has started delivering upgraded aircraft–known as the Learjet 45XR–about one year later than originally planned.
Bombardier last month received Transport Canada certification for the Learjet 40, a truncated version of the Learjet 45. The business jet received FAA certification one year ago and entered service in January (see story at right). At press time, nine Learjet 40s were in service.
Since the pre-owned market began to back off from its massive inventory figure nearly a year-and-a-half ago, much focus has been given to the movers, which for the most part have been just about every late-model current-production aircraft. In contrast, several model types have yet to experience much reduction in inventory. In fact, some are bucking the overall trend, highlighting the dichotomy among model types.