Former Flight Options pilot Franklin Rodriguez, 36, last month pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that in April last year, while in the Air National Guard, he flew a C-5A into the U.S. with some 300,000 Ecstasy pills aboard. As part of his plea, Rodriguez forfeits $725,000 in cash found in his apartment. He also faces 20 years in prison.
Aviation International News » June 2006
Last month, Signature Flight Support presented a check for $126,847 to Give Kids The World, a charity that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families at a 70-acre resort in Orlando. Since 2001, Signature and its partners have provided more than $600,000 to the charity.
ExecuJet Europe this month is opening what it describes as the first dedicated executive aircraft FBO at Berlin Schoenefeld Airport. The round-the-clock FBO will phase in services over the next six months. When completed at the end of this year, it will offer fueling, on-site customs and immigration clearance, a pilot lounge and a flight-planning suite, as well as catering and concierge services.
A report issued last month by Eurocontrol projects that over the next 10 years Europe’s fleet of turbine business aircraft will grow by about 4 percent annually, from some 2,000 today to approximately 3,000 by 2015. The report says that last year business aircraft made up nearly 7 percent of the 9.2 million flights in Europe.
Reno start-up Aerion, which is developing a supersonic business jet (SSBJ), is evaluating different means of demonstrating full-scale supersonic natural laminar flow performance, including use of a rocket sled. To verify the feasibility of such a test, the company plans to conduct an evaluation test on a supersonic rocket sled at Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, Calif., this summer.
An FAA Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin issued May 17 says fuel drain holes in the main landing gear bay auxiliary bulkhead might be missing on some Beechcraft Premier Is. The FAA recommends that operators comply with the inspection procedures contained in Raytheon Service Bulletin 53-3726.
If Berkshire Hathaway’s first-quarter results are any indication, its NetJets subsidiary will record a profit this year, compared with the $80 million in losses the fractional aircraft provider recorded last year. The investment company’s flight-services division, composed of NetJets and FlightSafety International, had $919 million in revenues in the first quarter–a $152 million or 20-percent increase over the same period last year.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has added three more airports to the list of “gateway” airports that qualified general aviation operators can use to get a pre-clearance to fly into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
To receive final clearance for a flight into DCA, operators must make their last departure before DCA from an FBO that holds a TSA security authorization at a gateway airport.
Camp Systems is now the exclusive factory provider of maintenance tracking for the Pilatus PC-12. Customers of new PC-12s will receive a year of Camp services at no cost.
Reports of tread separations and bulges on Goodyear Aviation nosewheel tires on Gulfstreams and Global Expresses have resulted in a proposed Airworthiness Directive to replace the tires if they fall within a designated range of serial numbers. The proposal affects some 1,000 Gulfstreams and 100 Global Expresses.