West Star Aviation is now the only FBO and Air BP the only fuel supplier at Walker Field in Grand Junction, Colo., following West Star’s purchase of Timberline Aviation. However, West Star president Bob Barry promised he will maintain the former Timberline’s fuel price margins and aircraft tiedown rates. “We intend to keep fuel prices regionally competitive,” he said.
Aviation International News » June 2004
The Transportation Security Administration confirmed late last month that it decided to suspend the current “three trip” monthly frequency requirement necessary for operators to qualify for an international fleet waiver. The decision results, in part, from an NBAA meeting with TSA representatives during which they discussed issues associated with the current TSA waiver program.
In another sign of an economic recovery of some measure within business aviation, Cessna confirmed it plans to add 400 workers to its current Wichita employment level of 8,100. An increase in scheduled bizjet deliveries this year and next, along with the introduction of new Citation models, prompted the hiring, a Cessna official said.
Gulfstream president Bryan Moss accepted the 2003 Collier Trophy from National Aeronautic Association president and CEO Donald Koranda and National Aero Club board president Stewart Orr at ceremonies on May 19 in Arlington, Va.
Owners of Garmin GTX 330 and 330D transponders, which the FAA said are installed in about 1,300 airplanes, must upgrade the equiptment with new software (version 3.03 or later). The upgrade is to correct a problem with the transponder, which can in certain instances issue inaccurate replies to aircraft equipped with traffic-alerting devices. Garmin said it will reimburse GTX 330/330D owners the cost of one hour of labor to perform the update.
Italy’s Finmeccanica, which owns 50 percent of AgustaWestland, reportedly plans to become sole owner of the Anglo-Italian helicopter company by buying London-based GKN’s 50-percent share. The statement came at GKN’s annual meeting, where stakeholders blamed AgustaWestland for causing interim profits to fall “somewhat below” those achieved a year before.
OurPlane of London, Ontario, Canada, which has been marketing fractional shares in piston airplanes since 1998, recently introduced fractional programs for the King Air C90B and Pilatus PC-12. The company announced it is teaming with FlightExec to expand the King Air and PC-12 programs in Canada. FlightExec is an aircraft management/charter firm also based in London, Ontario. OurPlane has 15 aircraft at eight locations in North America.
As part of an increase in the FAA’s regulatory enforcement program, aircraft owners must, within 60 days of June 1, complete and return the triennial aircraft registration form if their address is not current. Owners who fail to correct an outdated address might see a suspension or revocation of their registrations and cancellation of their tail numbers. The FAA has prepared a list of registrations with incorrect addresses.
At the end of next year Dassault will start delivering its newest business jet, the Falcon 900DX. Intended to “fill a niche” between the $35 million 900EX and the $25 million 2000EX, the $32 million 900DX will have Dassault’s EASy flight deck and will be powered by three Honeywell TFE-731-60 turbofans, the same engines as on the 900EX.
The slump in annual business jet deliveries that started three years ago will bottom out this year at about 470 shipments and begin a gradual increase to more than 820 in 2010, according to the 14th annual business jet overview and forecast from the Teal Group.