Dassault on April 23 received EASA certification for its Falcon 2000LX, a winglet-equipped version of the 2000EX. The winglets reduce drag by 5 percent and thus boost range from 3,800 to 4,000 nm at Mach 0.80, according to the French manufacturer. Certification was initially planned for late 2007.
Aviation International News » May 2009
Former American Airlines chief Robert Crandall’s plans to blanket the Northeast U.S. with a fleet of air-taxi Eclipse 500 very light jets under the Pogo Jet brand name have come to an end. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Pogo Jet of Chicopee, Mass., applied to withdraw its registration statement for an initial public stock offering.
The current status of the 259 Eclipse 500 very light jets that were delivered before the manufacturer went bankrupt in February remains tenuous.
The Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) is planning to stage a new trade show called Asian Business Aviation. The event has been launched in partnership with Reed Exhibitions and will be held in Hong Kong from September 8 to 10 as part of the larger Asian Aerospace show.
Inevitably, the 2009 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE, May 12 to 14) in Geneva will be viewed by a concerned industry as a barometer for how the business is weathering a global economic storm that shows little sign of abating. At face value the show seems set to present a brave face, with the overall scale of the exhibits down only slightly on last year’s record-setting edition.
Operational threat identification and risk mitigation remain a primary concern for those who operate internationally. NTSB senior air safety inspector Roger Cox, the lead investigator on the Gol Airlines/ExcelAire Legacy midair, used the accident as an example of why international operators should take the time to fully understand what may be asked of them in less than normal situations in another country.
The greatest strength of the International Operators Conference (IOC) since its inception has been that it combines a review of the basics of international operations–avoiding gross navigational errors (GNEs), Customs and Immigration notification issues and ATC rules–with a relentless push to update flight department managers and crews about ever-evolving topics such as the moving target of new RNP technologies used to navigate oceanic airspac
Twelve months ago, the introduction to AIN’s 2008 international FBO special report remarked that there had probably never been a better time to be in the FBO business. At the time, business aircraft traffic growth was in full flow in markets outside North America and there was no obvious sign that this trend would diminish to any great extent.
The soaring enterprise that started as JetDirect Aviation and grew into a charter/ management operator of 300 aircraft by swallowing up some of the biggest names in the charter industry is no more. On April 17, JetDirect Aviation founder, chairman and CEO Greg Campbell informed employees that JetDirect “will cease to operate; therefore all positions have been eliminated.”
Among the major business aviation industry employers–aircraft manufacturers and primary vendors–total job losses due to furloughs, layoffs and attrition are now approaching 20,000, and it appears that number will grow as credit remains bogged down and the recession grinds on.
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