ASI Group told AIN at the NBAA Convention last month that recently it has seen a 25-percent increase in customers’ international business jet operations. “The past 90 days have been the most active in terms of international flights that we’ve seen this year,” ASI Group president Charlie LeBlanc said.
Aviation International News » November 2009
The first incident involving an Embraer Phenom 100 caused no injuries to the two crewmembers aboard and damage only to the landing gear and flaps when the light jet overran the runway while landing at the Brazilian beach town of Angra dos Reis on October 12. A pilot holding for takeoff said the Phenom approached the runway at above-normal speed. Weather was clear at the time of the incident, but high winds were reported later.
Snecma is continuing development of its 9,500- to 12,000-pound-thrust Silvercrest engine for large-cabin business jets and RJs, with certification now expected in the 2013 to 2015 time frame. Disassembly after 80 hours of operation, which took the test engine up to takeoff speed and temperature redlines, showed the engine has exceeded the company’s expectations. The new engine has yet to be chosen for an OEM application.
NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association last month at the NBAA Convention launched the Business Aviation E-Valuation Toolkit, an online resource to help calculate and explain the value of business aircraft in relation to a company’s business objectives.
The NTSB has issued its findings in the June 4, 2007 crash of a Cessna Citation II into Lake Michigan, which killed the two crewmembers and four passengers. The Board cited “the pilot’s mismanagement of an abnormal flight control situation through improper actions, including lack of crew coordination and failing to control airspeed and to prioritize control of the airplane” as the probable cause of the crash.
Pilot, aircraft owner and actor Harrison Ford passed the EAA Young Eagles baton to two now-famous pilots who will serve as co-chairmen of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s program to help introduce youth to aviation.
A climate bill introduced in the Senate by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) differs from a similar bill narrowly passed by the House of Representatives in June in that it would require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator to set greenhouse gas emission standards for new aircraft and new aircraft engines.
It has been a long, painful year since the bottom fell out of the economy, but there are signs, however slight, that the business aviation industry is starting to recover.
In its September Part 135 flight activity report released on October 12, Aviation Research Group/U.S. (ARG/US) showed business aircraft activity for September 2009 at its highest level since October 2008.
Cessna and Bell parent company Textron has tapped company president and COO Scott Donnelly to replace retiring Lewis Campbell as CEO, effective December 1. Campbell has been with Textron for the past 17 years, including the last 11 as CEO, following a lengthy career in the auto industry.
Responding to the brave new world of recession-shaped business aviation, CitationShares last month in New York City unveiled a rebranding that sees the company change its name to CitationAir by Cessna and promote the scope of its offerings beyond the fractional operation it has been since its founding in 2000 as a joint venture between Cessna and Geneva-based Tag Aviation when the two companies bought Wayfarer Starshares (founded in 1998 and