For the very elite, a BBJ could be considered a personal jet. But for most owner-pilots, the term “personal jet” conjures up visions of something considerably smaller, perhaps even fighter-like. Interestingly, George Bye’s vision of a personal jet grew out of a course in advanced aerodynamics he taught to budding fighter pilots at Sheppard AFB in the 1980s. “The Javelin is the fighter we used in the course,” he told AIN.
Nothing has yet been resolved in the suit pitting Archedyne Aerospace against Armand Rivard, president of Lake Aircraft, and investment banker George Wight. Archedyne, developer of the NauticAir 450 amphibious twinjet, is seeking the return of a $500,000 purchase deposit it claims it paid Lake Aircraft in June 1999. Most recently, the sides attempted mediation on September 21.
Founded this past April, AeroCourier Group of Minneapolis is developing the AeroCourier, a single-turboprop utility airplane specifically designed for easy loading and unloading of LDX cargo containers.
Rising oil prices and Europe’s ban on Soviet-era airliners have created a new market for western business jets in Russia. Russian businessmen have purchased a considerable number of western aircraft in the past two years.
How many in-flight engine shutdowns have you had in your career? For the crew of a General Electric CF34-powered Challenger 604 owned by David Wetherell, the answer would be two. One per engine, over a five-week period, in a brand-new aircraft with about 100 hr TT.
People become packrats because they believe it never fails that they will need something the day after they’ve discarded it. Then one day they look at the bulging file cabinets and closets and decide to purge everything. Unfortunately, neither extreme is a good idea.
In recent years, much has been made of the potential danger presented by the recirculation of aircraft cabin air that may be bearing viruses and bacteria.
UK-based Microgenix now says it has an answer that is close to 100-percent effective against harmful viruses and bacteria, has no moving parts and is light in weight and low in cost.
Man doth not live by flight hours alone. For many of us in today’s flying world, something’s amiss. It might be peace of mind or a sense of purpose outside of flying airplanes. I see it as loss of soul.
Even as interest in business aircraft grows following the September 11 terrorist attacks, some corporate flight departments continue to face closure. Among them is that of FMC Corp., a 117-year-old, highly diversified Chicago-based company that has operated a fleet of business aircraft for more than 50 years.
When Steven Santo announced the creation of a fractional ownership program with an aircraft fleet consisting solely of Italian-built Avanti turboprop twins, some reacted to the news with skepticism. The economy was entering a recession, they said, and the airplane itself had never sold well.
Now the skeptics are silent, and Santo typically shows up for work with the smile of a man well satisfied with his lot in life.