Eclipse and its Swiss customer Aviace have entered litigation over the delivery of 112 VLJs. Aviace sued the manufacturer early this month for breach of contract for allegedly refusing to deliver the aircraft ordered in 2002. The Swiss company was one of the earliest large customers for the Eclipse 500 very light jet and was established to launch a low-cost air taxi business. Both parties declined to comment while in litigation.
AINalerts » October 10, 2006
Viking Air, a British Columbia aircraft maintenance and modification facility, is seeking an undisclosed number of firm orders to launch a re-engined version of the de Havilland Canada Series 300 Twin Otter. Some 600 of the 19-passenger turboprop twins remain in operation out of the nearly 850 produced between 1965 and 1989.
A Cessna Citation VI owned by Irish businessman Jim Mansfield was involved in a major drug bust on September 26, when Belgian police impounded the aircraft at Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport and arrested its two pilots. The police reportedly seized more than 110 pounds of heroin as a passenger tried to board the jet. The aircraft had just arrived from Weston Executive Airport, near Dublin, Ireland.
In its new study of the FAA’s aging aircraft program, the DOT Inspector General’s office noted the rules do not cover both private and commercial aircraft with fewer that 30 seats. As an example of non-program aircraft, the study pointed to the Dec.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on Wednesday issued an interim order that pushes back a new FAA drug and alcohol testing rule compliance date 10 days, to October 20. The court will use the extension to take a closer look at a filing from the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) that asks for the compliance date to be moved to July 10, 2007.