Stuttgart-based operator DC Aviation is here exhibiting a new Airbus ACJ that is available for charter after having been delivered last Friday. This year the company is to take delivery of three ACJs, thus bringing its fleet to four of the type. DC Aviation CEO Steffen Fries said here at EBACE that he is confident 2010 will be as good for his company as the pre-downturn 2008 was.
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News and issues concerning the aviation charter and fractional-ownership industries and markets, including company announcements, regulations, new developments and labor issues.
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Mayo Aviation has expanded its charter/ management fleet to 18 aircraft with the acquisition of CharterOps of Portland, Maine. The purchase adds five aircraft–
FBO chain Tac Air has added Flight-Aware’s FBO ToolBox at its 13 FBOs in the U.S. The ToolBox enables FBOs to enhance FlightAware aircraft tracking information with fuel uplift calculations and historical visitor counters, according to FlightAware, to aid an FBO’s marketing efforts. The ToolBox also employs Amstat’s aircraft ownership/operator data, which provides FBOs with up-to-date contact information.
Charter/management firm FlightWorks has opened a new sales office at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport in Atlanta, at the Signature Flight Support FBO. The new office joins recent expansions in Boise, Idaho, and Salt Lake City. FlightWorks, headquartered in Kennesaw, Ga., now has nearly 50 aircraft in its fleet.
The U.S. executive charter market enjoyed a markedly stronger month in February than during the same month a year earlier, according to online charter booking portal CharterX. Midsize jets showed the strongest recovery, with a 25.9-percent year-over-year increase, to 15,509 flight hours. Heavy jets recovered by 12.3 percent, to 8,610 hours, and light jets climbed 11 percent, to 14,757 hours.
During a House aviation subcommittee hearing on oversight of on-demand (Part 135) aircraft operators last month, DOT Inspector General Calvin Scovel III said, “The FAA’s oversight of this industry is based primarily on compliance with outdated regulations…[for areas such as] flight crew training requirements and aircraft maintenance inspections.” The IG’s office found that a targeted risk-based oversight approach could help mitigate safety is
The NTSB last month denied an FAA appeal of a judicial decision requiring the agency to pay Punta Gorda, Fla.-based aeromedical operator Air Trek $120,169.35 in attorney fees and expenses related to the FAA’s emergency revocation of Air Trek’s Part 135 certificate in June 2008.
Sentient Jet announced today that Marty Guinoo is taking over as CEO, replacing Steve Hankin, who has left the company for a new job as managing director of private equity firm Starwood Capital. Hankin worked for Starwood Hotels before joining Sentient in 2004. Guinoo has been senior vice president at Sentient since 2004. Sentient brokers charters and sells jet cards.
Cessna Aircraft yesterday completed its acquisition of business aviation flight services provider CitationAir. With the move, CitationAir becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Cessna but maintains its separate operation. The original company–called CitationShares until the name was changed this past October–was started in 2000 as a 50-50 joint venture between Cessna and TAG Aviation Holding.