An extensive “restructuring” of Boeing’s Alteon Training subsidiary will see the company close four training centers, redistribute assets to other centers and open a new facility in Shanghai to house the first Boeing 787 simulator in China. The facilities marked for closure include Long Beach, Calif., Dallas, Texas, Kunming, China and Luton, UK. Boeing expects to close the two U.S. centers and the Chinese facility in December.
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John Zeidler, president of Evansville Regional Airport (KEVV)-based Tri-State Aero, didn’t come by his aviation career through his family, as many do. Rather, he came to the industry as a result of Midwestern practicality. “I grew up in Southern Illinois in the 1960s,” he said.
For fans of vintage military tin, the Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey will hold its annual Wings and Wheels Expo of historic aircraft and vintage automobiles at Teterboro Airport on September 15 and 16. Among the historic aircraft scheduled to be there is a Douglas C-54 (shown here), a veteran of the Berlin Airlift. Guests will also be able to purchase flights on the Michigan-based B-17G Yankee Lady.
One prediction about which most fractional providers’ executives and consultants agree is that within five years there will be only two strong major providers, with the current majors either being relegated to a niche market or merging into one of the stronger players. While they all concur that NetJets will be one of those two companies, there is no consensus on which of the other three majors will hold the other spot.
Most of the fractional executives interviewed for this article were not optimistic that very light jets (VLJs) will enter the fractional fleet.
Forecast International of Newtown, Conn., released its most recent 10-year outlook, The World Market for Business Jet Aircraft, at the Farnborough Air Show last month.
Cessna Caravan 208B, Lake Erie, Ontario, Jan. 17, 2004–The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has revealed that the investigation of the crash of Georgian Express Flight 126, a Cessna Caravan, near Pelee Island has so far determined that the structure of the aircraft was sound at the time of the flight; the aircraft engine was operational and producing power; and the aircraft was overweight when it took off from Pelee Island.
BELL 206B JETRANGER, MESA, ARIZ., JUNE 24, 2004–While maneuvering on a trailer at Falcon Field, JetRanger N97AZ hooked a skid on the underside of the trailer, causing the helicopter to flip over and crash. Operated by Arizona Helicopter Adventures, the rotorcraft was destroyed and the sole occupant pilot was killed.
Lockheed JetStar 1329-23E, Houston, Texas, May 15, 2004–Lockheed JetStar N57NR sustained minor damage following an in-flight separation of the left flap assembly while on final approach to William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). The airplane was registered to and operated by Aircraft Trading Center of Tequesta, Fla. The two ATP pilots and two passengers were not injured.