As a non-pilot I have rarely found myself in the cockpit of a jet airplane in flight. In fact, I have been afforded this distinct privilege exactly twice in two distinctly different aircraft.
Cessna Aircraft has signed agreements renewing Jet Aviation’s Dusseldorf, Germany, and Zurich, Switzerland, operations as Citation authorized service facilities. The extension of its relationship with Jet Aviation is the latest development in Cessna’s drive to expand its customer support network in Europe. The company recently launched new Cessna-operated Citation service centers in Doncaster, UK, and Valencia, Spain, to complement existing Citation-operated service centers in Paris, and Prague, Czech Republic.
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport-based Banyan Air Service’s avionics department recently completed a high-speed-data/WiFi installation on an executive Boeing 757. The Banyan Avionics travel team performed the installation at the customer’s MRO of choice during a maintenance inspection. The travel team has now performed high-speed-data/WiFi installations on the Boeing 727/737/747SP/757. In addition, Banyan recently secured a contract to outfit three Boeing 737s with Aircell ATG-5000 high-speed Internet.
Luke Chiang has joined BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul as regional sales manager. Chiang will be responsible for sales of business and general aviation engine services throughout Asia-Pacific and for non-B&GA markets such as government/business services for the Southern Asia-Pacific region. Chiang joins ERO after a six-year career with Jet Aviation Singapore, where he started as a sales manager and advanced to his most recent position of director of regional sales.
The FAA is proposing to adopt a new airworthiness directive for all Dassault Falcon 50s. The proposed AD was prompted by a manufacturer revision to the airplane maintenance manual. The maintenance tasks and airworthiness limitations, as specified in the Falcon 50 AMM Chapter 540, have been identified as mandatory actions for continued airworthiness and include a corrosion-prevention and -control program and checking of overpressure tightness on pressurization control regulating valves.
Singapore Airlines (SIA) has agreed to place a $7.5 billion order with Airbus for another five A380s and 20 A350-900s, the carrier announced on Wednesday. Delivery schedules call for the first airplane to arrive in Singapore in 2017.
On Saturday, fractional provider Avantair grounded its entire fleet of about 60 Piaggio Avanti twin turboprops to conduct “a comprehensive examination of all maintenance records and aircraft.”
Business aviation visionary leader Albert Ueltschi, 95, founder and chairman emeritus of aviation training provider FlightSafety International, died at his home in Vero Beach, Fla., on Thursday evening. After being bitten by the flying bug at an early age, Ueltschi soloed at 16 and later bought an open-cockpit airplane and barnstormed around the country.
Retired Cessna Aircraft chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton was elected chairman of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) yesterday after the association’s board of directors accepted the resignation of president and CEO Rod Hightower. In his role as EAA chairman, Pelton will guide the organization through the leadership transition.
Hightower joined EAA in 2010. According to EAA, he is leaving to spend more time with his family in St. Louis, since they didn’t make the move to Oshkosh as originally planned.
In a reorganization plan filed in June with the bankruptcy court, Hawker Beechcraft listed a number of options and assumptions available during the process, among them that the company might cease all jet production–something the company reiterated it planned to do last week when announcing it would emerge from bankruptcy as standalone company Beechcraft Corp.