Marquis Jet card owners and guests now have access to medical support from the famed Mayo Clinic of Rochester, Minn., while they are on a NetJets aircraft or at their destination anywhere in the world, 24 hours per day. Marquis Jet sells 25-hour blocks of travel time exclusively on NetJets aircraft.
Charter and Fractional
News and issues concerning the aviation charter and fractional-ownership industries and markets, including company announcements, regulations, new developments and labor issues.
The FAA will soon replace a 1995 advisory circular that provides operators with guidance and recommendations on how to develop and receive approval for a weight-and-balance control program. Weight-and-balance programs have been required for operators of aircraft with five or more passenger seats and operated under FAR Parts 121, 125 and 135. The new publication, AC 120-27D, will add fractional aircraft operations under Part 91, Subpart K.
Fractional provider NetJets has ordered 50 AirCell ST 3100 Iridium satellite communication systems for its fleet of Hawker 400XP light business jets. The satellite phones will be installed in the 400XPs before retail delivery at Raytheon Aircraft Services in San Antonio, in the coming months, according to AirCell, which began marketing Iridium services in 2002.
A lawsuit accusing safety audit specialist Aviation Research Group/ U.S. (ARG/US) of defamation was settled last month when a U.S. District Court judge granted a motion by ARG/US for a summary judgment of dismissal.
Sierra Aviation, an FBO and charter/management firm based in Portomaso, Malta, now has a marketing and sales office in Geldermalsen, the Netherlands.
Fractional operator Flight Options has launched Global Access, an overseas travel program using a fleet of nearly 100 charter aircraft accessible to the company’s aircraft owners to provide a seamless travel experience in Europe and Asia. Global Access does not require travelers to purchase a block of hours, buy a share, pay monthly management fees or place a deposit. Instead, pricing is based on aircraft category and trip itinerary.
NBAA and NATA are collaborating on a series of white papers to clarify use of Part 91 aircraft by Part 135 aircraft charter management companies.
Ever since the FAA issued its final rule on “Regulation of Fractional Aircraft Ownership Programs and On-demand Operations” known as Part 91, Subpart K [which took effect in the U.S. in February–Ed.] in September 2003, business aviation associations on both sides of the Atlantic have been trying to harmonize regulatory standards for fractional ownership operations.
Cleveland-based fractional operator Flight Options is now offering an optional extended service program for new owners that covers flights to Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. Another new option includes applying part of the cost of the company’s JetPass card toward the purchase of a fractional share.
Charter broker CharterAuction has purchased JetEquity Travel, the charter broker division of Skyport Aviation, an FBO at Westchester County Airport, White Plains, N.Y. Skyport said it has decided to “focus our efforts exclusively on the management and growth” of its FBO. Quincy, Mass.-based CharterAuction permits air-taxi operators to bid for specific flights, including one-way empty-leg trips.