On Friday, Cessna announced that it has raised the top speed for its Citation Ten to Mach 0.935, which would make it the fastest civil aircraft in service once certified. This eclipses the speed of its Citation X predecessor by Mach 0.015 and the currently stated top speed of the soon-to-be-certified Gulfstream G650 by Mach 0.010.
AINalerts » August 28, 2012
A bankruptcy court judge on Friday denied a request from Hawker Beechcraft to give eight of the Wichita OEM’s “senior leadership team” as much as $5.3 million in bonuses. HBC had filed the request with the U.S. bankruptcy court on August 15, describing the bonuses as based on the achievement of certain incentive goals.
Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, died Saturday of complications from heart surgery. Besides serving as a NASA astronaut, Armstrong was a project pilot on many pioneering high-speed aircraft, including the Mach 5 North American X-15. During his career, he piloted more than 200 different aircraft types, including jets, rockets, helicopters and gliders. Armstrong was also an aerospace engineer and university professor.
Industry Canada issued Gogo a “subordinate license” today for an air-to-ground radio frequency spectrum that will allow Gogo to provide its airborne high-speed Internet service on commercial and business aircraft flying over Canada. The Canadian network will operate on the same frequency as Gogo’s existing ATG network in the continental U.S., allowing Gogo to provide service within Canada and on cross-border flights between the U.S. and Canada.
The main static display for this year’s NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., will have more square footage than when the convention was last held there two years ago. Showalter Flying Service at Orlando Executive Airport will be the host FBO of the main static display at NBAA 2012.
The Florida Department of Transportation is rebuilding and expanding Orlando Executive’s north ramp, which is used by Showalter Flying Service, to an open area of about 25 acres. The $1.1 million project will finally repair damage sustained eight years ago during Hurricane Charley.
Nextant Aerospace delivered its sixteenth 400XT today to a private buyer in the Czech Republic, marking the first handover of a Nextant-remanufactured Beechjet 400A/400XP with a European registration. The undisclosed customer and the firm managing the aircraft, Time Air, will work with Nextant to provide demonstration flights for prospective buyers in Europe. Beechcraft Sales and Service (Beechcraft Augsburg) serves as Nextant’s maintenance hub in Europe and will offer factory-approved services for European 400XT owners and operators.
NBAA announced yesterday that FedEx Express, a division of FedEx, and its founder, Fred Smith, will receive the 2012 Al Ueltschi Humanitarian Award. The award, which will be presented at the NBAA Convention in late October, recognizes the use of aviation for humanitarian purposes.
Aircraft Performance Group recently added in-flight analysis to its iPreFlight iPad app. Previous versions of the APG app require an Internet connection to perform runway analysis calculations. The advantage of performing a landing-distance assessment while airborne is that conditions at the destination sometimes change, and pilots need to calculate if the destination runway still meets legal and safety parameters.
Jet Aviation announced today that it has restructured its EMEA & Asia organization by forming two separate regional divisions–one for Asia and one for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The company appointed Kim Chan as vice president and head of Jet Aviation Asia and Stefan Benz as vice president MRO and FBO services of its EMEA operations. To align regional operations, Jet Aviation created a separate division for its EMEA regional operations and established a new regional division in the growing Asian market, consisting of Hong Kong, Singapore and Beijing.
Signature Flight Support appointed Sami Teittinen as CFO today. In his new role he will be responsible for strategic planning and management of all financially related activities of the company, including business development. Teittinen comes from Signature sister company Aircraft Service International (ASIG), where he was CFO and led the company through several acquisitions, finance department restructuring and infrastructure reinvestments. He is based at Signature’s headquarters in Orlando, Fla., and will report to company president Michael Scheeringa.