Mordechai (Moti) Boness was named president of Israel Aircraft Industries International, the company’s American subsidiary headquartered in New York. Boness replaced David Onn, who retired after a 47-year career with the company. Boness, previously corporate vice president and general manager of IAI’s commercial aircraft group, joined the company in 1966.
Aviation International News » February 2003
GATES LEARJET 36A, ASTORIA, ORE., DEC. 3, 2002–At approximately 6:12 a.m. Learjet N546PA, operating as Northern Lights Flight #1, struck several elk on takeoff from Astoria Regional Airport (AST). The impact damage caused the aircraft to run off the end of the runway, where it was destroyed by the resulting fire.
CESSNA 208B, MANTEO, N.C., DEC. 25, 2002–At about 1 a.m. EST Cessna N1122Y, registered to Avion Capital Corp. and operated by Telford Aviation, crashed into Croatan Sound near Manteo. The aircraft was in IMC on an instrument flight plan. The ATP-rated pilot was killed and the aircraft was substantially damaged. The flight departed Elizabeth City, N.C., about 25 minutes before the accident occurred.
CESSNA 208B, ROCKFORD, ILL., DEC. 17, 2002–During a night flight Cessna N277PM, operated by Planemasters as Flight 1627, collided with trees and terrain while on the ILS Runway 07 approach to the Greater Rockford Airport (RFD), Ill. The pilot was killed and the aircraft was destroyed. N277PM was operating under Part 135, transporting cargo for United Parcel Service at the time of the accident. TMC prevailed, IFR flight plan was filed.
WESTLAND HELICOPTERS GAZELLE AH-MK1, EAST HAMPTON, N.Y., NOV. 8, 2002–The 1974 Gazelle (N911XW), a former British Army helicopter registered in the Experimental category, was destroyed at about 11:25 p.m. EST when it crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near East Hampton, N.Y. The pilot, William Smithers, 35, of Sag Harbor, N.Y., was lost at sea and is presumed dead.
BEECH 1900C, EAGLETON, ARK., DEC. 9, 2002–The 1900C (N127YV), registered to and operated by Raytheon Aircraft Services of Wichita, crashed some nine miles short of its destination–Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport (M39), Ark.
CESSNA 421C, TAJIQUE, N.M., DEC. 3, 2002–At approximately 8:35 p.m. MST the Cessna 421C crashed in mountainous terrain near Tajique while en route to Albuquerque International Sunport Airport (ABQ), N.M. The sole-occupant, commercial-rated pilot was killed and the aircraft was destroyed.
The business-jet fractional-ownership fleet continues to grow at a phenomenal rate and now accounts for more than 60 percent of total industry backlog, reflecting falling orders from traditional customers. The situation leaves major U.S. manufacturers heavily exposed; indeed, so important have fractional sales become that Bombardier, Gulfstream, Cessna and Raytheon are all involved in such programs.
February 17 will see the launch of scheduled business aircraft services linking Geneva, London and Paris. Club Airways is a private membership service that will market seats in Learjet 45s operated through Bombardier’s Flexjet Europe program at fares that will be roughly 50-percent higher than equivalent fully flexible business-class tickets.
Business has been brisk for Mercury Air Center at its Charleston, S.C. facility. Though it only recently completed the first phase of remodeling its FBO there, Mercury has just broken ground on a 45,000-sq-ft hangar and tenant office complex. The new building is adjacent to the existing terminal building and will have 28-foot-high doors to accommodate ultra-long-range business jets.
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