To more closely reflect its primary customer base of business aviation, the city of Dallas is changing the name of Redbird Airport to Dallas Executive Airport, effective May 1. Business aircraft are now served by two FBOs–Dallas Air Services and Jet Center. A third FBO, to be operated by Cutter Aviation, is scheduled to open next month.
Aviation International News » April 2002
Six additional flight levels will be introduced later this month in northern Canada airspace when Nav Canada implements reduced vertical separation minimum airspace (RVSM) from 57 deg north latitude to the North Pole from FL 290 through FL 410 inclusive (see also page 82). A transition area to and from the 1,000-ft vertical separation routes of RVSM airspace will extend to 52 deg north latitude.
Nearly two years after the FBI effectively closed down air-taxi operator Sunjet Aviation, the federal criminal investigation into the October 1999 crash of a Learjet 35 that killed pro golfer Payne Stewart and five others has ended with no charges against Sunjet, the now-defunct company that operated the airplane, or its former chief pilot, Jim Watkins.
Changes are on the way that will address pilots’ complaints about the Rnav arrival and departure procedures at Las Vegas. The FAA hosted a Las Vegas four-cornerpost strategy meeting last month to discuss with users short- and long-term changes to Rnav departures and arrivals at LAS.
The pilot and two passengers aboard a Cessna 425 Conquest I were killed March 6 after the aircraft suffered an in-flight breakup and crashed about 13 mi from Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose, Calif., where the twin turboprop had departed six minutes earlier at 10:29 a.m. The airplane, N444JV, was on an IFR flight plan to La Paz, Mexico, when at about 8,000 ft msl the pilot reported, “I just lost my needle.
Allowing pilots to carry guns in the cockpit will not be one of the steps taken by the DOT to upgrade airline security, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta said last month. The nation’s homeland security director, Tom Ridge, also opposes arming pilots. However, the decision may be left up to the new undersecretary for transportation security, John Magaw, who has given no indication as to when or what he would rule.
Jet Aviation’s facilities at Biggin Hill in the UK and Dusseldorf, Germany, were named by Embraer as authorized service centers for the Legacy, the new corporate jet from the Brazilian manufacturer based on the ERJ-135 regional airliner. Embraer started deliveries of the Legacy in the second quarter of last year and the first deliveries to Europe were scheduled for last month.
With regard to liability insurance, answers to the question of “How much is enough?” have always been something of a mystery. But for shareholders in a fractional program, the answers are compounded by the concept of shared ownership.
Alpha Omega Jet Services, launched in late 2000 as an aircraft management and consulting firm, went into the completion and refurb business last month with the acquisition of Aircraft Components Manufacturing. Both companies reside at Sulphur Springs (Texas) Municipal Airport. As a subcontractor, ACM had done the cabinetry work for four Boeing Business Jets finished by the former Raytheon Aircraft Integration Systems.
A passive sound-reduction kit for the Pilatus PC-12 lowers cabin noise by 55 percent in the speech interference level and by 80 percent in the average “A” weighted scale, according to Western Aircraft, the Boise, Idaho company offering the kit. The kit uses a variety of soundproofing materials installed throughout the cabin of the turboprop single, adding between about 90- and 120 lb to the aircraft’s empty weight. The kit costs $21,602.