On December 1 a Learjet 36 with two pilots and one passenger aboard lost its right elevator while maneuvering off the coast of San Diego. According to the NTSB the jet “joined up with another airplane and was doing a cross-under maneuver. The pilot lost sight of the other airplane due to sun glare and turned away. When the pilot reacquired his visual acuity, the airplane was in a 70-degree angle of bank and 50 degrees nose low.
Bombardier is boosting aircraft-on-ground (AOG) support in Europe with new operations in Germany and Austria. The manufacturer has also announced that it will open two more European service facilities, including line repair stations in Moscow and Paris, this year.
Although a strike last summer at Learjet facilities in Wichita held down aircraft deliveries in the third quarter of this year compared with the same period last year, Bombardier announced yesterday that it delivered 143 business jets in the first nine months of its fiscal year ending October 31, compared with 132 in the corresponding nine months last year.
Dubai International Airport now has not one but two purpose-built support facilities for business aviation, both located in the duty free zone on the other side of the runway from the airshow. The new Jet Aviation FBO has been operational since May, and will be formally opened at a ceremony here this evening. The new Bombardier/ExecuJet Aviation facility was inaugurated yesterday and began operations just this month.
Bombardier is here promoting its newly launched Challenger 605 and Learjet 60XR business jets. The Canadian-based manufacturer sees a significant growth potential in the region, with for example an expected increase in the number of jets available through its Skyjet International fixed-price charter service program, executives said yesterday during a press conference here at the Dubai airshow.
Avcon Industries, a subsidiary of Butler National, has received FAA group approval for its next-generation RVSM solution in Learjet 35/36s equipped with the FC-200 autopilot. According to the company, the Avcon RVSM solution now covers the Learjet 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 35 and 36 and allows interface with the most advanced glass-cockpit display systems.
National Jets began life as an air ambulance operator and branched into other aviation services, such as FBO and maintenance offerings, to support that business. Eventually the company realized that those ancillary services should be profit centers themselves, and the company made a name for itself as an MRO operation.
Bombardier Aerospace has appointed Stevens Aviation’s Jefferson County Airport facility in Denver an AOG/line maintenance facility for Learjets.
Executive charter operator Cirrus Middle East has joined forces with flight planner Universal Weather & Aviation to open a new FBO at Lebanon’s Beirut International Airport. The partners are the first company to apply for Lebanon’s new general handling certificate. Trading under the name Universal Aviation Beirut, the FBO operates from the airport’s general aviation terminal.
Bombardier yesterday announced the first delivery into North Asia of a new Challenger 300 super midsize business jet to Corporate Jets, Inc. The aircraft is slated primarily for regional travel and occasional flights to North America. It joins a Global Express at the company’s Asian base in Taiwan and both are available for charter through the Canadian airframer’s Skyjet International block charter program.