Carnegie Speech Company and the UK’s Mayflower College have launched “Climb Level 4,” an online English training product for pilots and air traffic controllers. The program helps aviation professionals improve their English speaking and listening skills to reach ICAO Level 4 or Level 5.
Aviation International News » March 2009
Turboméca and Dassault Falcon factories located in south- west France suffered only minor damage, if any, during a storm in January that packed winds of 93 mph. Operations were not interrupted, the companies told AIN. The engine maker has its headquarters in Bordes and one maintenance facility in Tarnos, while Dassault builds business jets in Biarritz and near Bordeaux. The storm caused major damage and killed 11 people.
Bombardier Flexjet on February 3 launched a round-trip pricing program that reduces the cost of one- or two-day round trips for owners committed to at least 100 flight hours per year. The program gives owners a 15-percent discount for each hour of a qualifying round trip. Round-trip pricing can be used on any day of the year, even on peak days, and there is no minimum time requirement on use of the aircraft.
PremiAir has launched a new helicopter transfer service from any of the UK’s main business aviation airports to the London Heliport at Battersea on the south bank of the Thames River. The flights will be available on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. and will be operated with a four-passenger Eurocopter AS 355 Twin Squirrel or a nine-passenger Sikorsky S-76. Prices start at £1,945 ($2,787).
Middle East-based executive charter operator Rizon Jet has bucked the downturn in new business aircraft sales by placing a firm order for four Bombardier Learjet 85s worth $68 million. The jets will join a fleet that is also soon to include three Challenger 605s and a second Hawker Beechcraft 900XP. One of the three Challenger 605s will be coming from a source other than Bombardier but the seller has not been identified.
TAG Aviation is preparing the case for an application to increase the total number of annual movements at the London-area Farn- borough Airport from 28,000 to 50,000. The company has released a draft master plan for the future of the privately owned airport and has begun consultation with the local residents and government officials.
Questions about the future of ADS-B have cropped up following Acting FAA Administrator Lynne Osmus’s February 11 testimony on FAA appropriations to the House aviation subcommittee.
Airbus plans to install satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS) in its A350XWB to support GPS Cat 1-equivalent 200-foot LPV approaches. SBAS includes the FAA’s WAAS; Europe’s Egnos (2010); India’s Gagan (2011); and Japan’s MSAS (2010/11). The FAA has already published 1,445 WAAS LPV approaches (exceeding the number of ILS approaches) and plans to have 6,000 available by 2018.
Dassault Falcon will be hosting seven regional maintenance and operating seminars this year. The seminars, which are held in alternating years, began last month in Hong Kong, Seattle and Chicago. They will continue through March in Rome (Italy); Mahwah, N.J.; Charlotte, N.C.; Geneva; London; Dallas; and Toluca (Mexico), before ending in São Paulo, Brazil, in August.
Despite expectations that gloomy economic times would reduce attendance at the annual World Economic Forum (WEF), held January 28 to February 1 in Davos, Switzerland, ExecuJet Europe reported that it handled a record number of private jets carrying government and business leaders to the event. Total traffic was up