Avionics dealers were treated to sneak previews of the latest must-have airborne hardware at the Aircraft Electronics Association’s annual convention in late April, held at the Wyndham Palm Springs in (very) sunny Southern California.
Gulfstream Aerospace president Bryan Moss dismissed the company’s long-discussed “Quiet Supersonic Jet” (QSJ) during last month’s EBACE, prompting the aircraft’s removal from AIN’s In the Works chart. Moss pre-empted inquiring minds at a press conference by asking and answering the question himself: “Will Gulfstream build a supersonic business jet?
The Farnborough International 2006 airshow (to be held July 17 to 23) is set to be a record-breaker, with more exhibitors and aircraft than ever before. The show is
now effectively sold out, and the amount of exhibit space booked is up more than 15 percent over the last Farnborough Show in 2004.
A Zurich-based start-up charter operator announced at EBACE last month its plans to place into “low-cost, on-demand” charter service a fleet of Embraer Phenom 100s by mid-2009, the first of two European operators to make public their programs to base their charter fleets, at least initially, on very light jets.
Slot reservation procedures will be in place at about 20 German airports during the World Cup soccer tournament, scheduled from June 9 to July 9. The games are being hosted in Berlin, Hamburg, Gelsenkirchen, Dortmund, Leipzig, Cologne, Stuttgart, Munich, Nuremberg, Frankfurt and Kaiserslautern and are expected to draw a significant number of corporate aircraft to airports in these cities.
In cabin seats, it’s a question of comfort, and Franklin Products of Torrington, Conn., has an answer. The company calls it Soft-Touch and claims it is superior to the currently popular memory-foam products. According to Franklin ergonomist Vesa Vannas, Soft-Touch provides better support and reacts more quickly to passenger movements than memory foam.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and AOPA are taking issue with the State Department over proposed changes to the Exchange Visitor Program and J-1 visas that the two organizations contend will adversely affect flight schools and– ultimately–flight safety.
Bombardier CL-600 Challenger, Aspen, Colo., Feb. 9, 2006–Landing on Runway 15 at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, the Bramblebush Challenger, N900LG, encountered wake vortices from a BAe 146 that had just taken off from Runway 33. When the Challenger was 50 feet from the runway, it rolled hard to the left and the stall warning sounded.
The recently completed Premier Jet FBO at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Calif., isn’t just an FBO; it’s a new kind of facility that Premier backers call an airport business center.
Investing in a new helicopter is not a decision to be made lightly–especially for a mom-and-pop operation working in a particularly volatile market sector. Helicopter tour firms have taken a big knock since 9/11 and, as the FAA and National Park Service implement “natural quiet” in the region, the Grand Canyon area of Nevada and Arizona will be subject to new, stricter noise rules and flight restrictions.