Aviation services provider The Private Jet Company expects to complete its new business aviation center at Isle of Man Airport this summer. The modern facility–separate from the airport’s main terminal–will include amenities such as an executive lounge, conference room, crew lounge with quiet rooms and shower, ramp transfer for passenger cars, pre-cleared immigration for passengers and crew and onsite security screening. In terms of ground handling, it will offer fueling via Shell, de-icing, lavatory and water servicing, oxygen and nitrogen service, and aircraft cleaning.
Aviation International News » June 2012
While thousands of spectators watched the thrilling conclusion to last month’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, FBO operators in the Louisville area gazed out over ramps packed with aircraft. According to industry flight data provider FlightAware, 639 general aviation flights arrived in the Louisville area in the 72 hours before the race. At Louisville International Airport-Standiford Field, Atlantic Aviation, the lone FBO on the airport, saw 609 arrivals from Wednesday to Sunday, according to general manager Kimberly Deman.
Pentastar Aviation became the first FBO in the metro Detroit area to earn TSA approval as a gateway FBO to Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) through the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP). Since 9/11 the TSA has restricted access to the airport. To qualify as a departure point into DCA, an FBO must meet strict security guidelines set forth by the agency, including separate security screening and quarantine areas for passengers heading to DCA.
Despite initially approving the operation of Gulfstream’s new flagship G650 at Colorado’s Aspen-Pitkin County Airport when it enters service, officials there have reversed their decision after a citizen’s group pointed out that the wingspan of the ultra-long-range business jet exceeds the width limit set by local code and the FAA. The airport’s management initially based its approval on the span of the wing’s lifting surface, which according to Gulfstream does not include the winglets.
Privateer chairman and CEO John Meekins said he expects his company’s amphibious design to begin taxi testing by the end of the summer. All major subassemblies are complete, according to the company. The single-engine GE (formerly Walter) 601-powered Privateer features separate twin hulls and a low center of gravity that should make the design more stable during water operations. On land, the Privateer offers a tricycle landing gear. To improve propeller efficiency and deliver lower noise levels, the design encloses the propeller in a shroud.
GippsAero broke ground for construction of a new hangar for development of the GA18 utility twin turboprop, which is based on the former Government Aircraft Factories N24A Nomad. The new hangar was needed because the company’s existing facilities at Australia’s Latrobe Regional Airport aren’t large enough for the GA18. The new hangar will be used for final assembly and integration work for the initial production GA18s, according to GippsAero, which is owned by India’s Mahindra Aerospace.
Following the purchase of kit-builder Epic Aircraft by Russian MRO provider Engineering llc, Epic has launched an effort to achieve FAA certification of the six-seat, pressurized, composite Epic LT. Powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-67, the LT is currently offered as a kit in the experimental aircraft category.
As of early April, the Falcon 2000S had completed its first year of flight testing, having logged “nearly 300 flight hours in more than 100 flights,” according to Dassault, and the flight testing confirmed the twinjet’s expected performance. Some 2000S design features include inboard slats and an autobrake system, which combine to facilitate shorter landings. Dassault is planning to have the $25 million Falcon 2000S certified for steep approaches at airports such as London City.
Embraer began taxi tests of Legacy 500 Serial Number 001 at its São Jose dos Campos plant in March. The Legacy 500 program’s fly-by-wire development is on track, said Marco Pellegrini, senior v-p of operations and COO for Embraer Executive Jets. First flight of the Legacy 500 is anticipated in the third quarter of this year and certification and entry into service in late 2013 or early 2014. The 450 program follows that of the 500 but is advancing more quickly as technology and lessons learned with its larger sibling are quickly applied in the 450.
Aerion is preparing to start another round of test flights in the development of what would be the world’s first supersonic business jet. A new test article is set to fly in the centerline position beneath one of NASA’s F-15Bs either this month or next.