The Global 5000, billed by Bombardier as “the world’s fastest” intercontinental super-large business jet, received full type approval from Transport Canada late last month, clearing the way for first deliveries of green production aircraft to begin this spring.
Lack of critical single-engine speed and distance data from manufacturers makes the FAA’s proposal to establish extended twin-engine operations (ETOPS) thresholds for Part 135 operators unworkable, according to comments submitted by NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association.
In what is being described as the largest money-laundering investigation in Alaska’s history, Mark Avery, the former owner of Anchorage-based air charter and medevac operator Security Aviation, has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $52 million from a charity organization.
HeliFlite Shares, which has its operations center at Alliance Airport in Texas, obtained its Part 135 charter certificate in February and last month added a pre-owned Sikorsky S-76 it bought from Jet Aviation to its fractional fleet of two Bell 430s that it operates in the New York City area.
The number of accidents in all segments of civil aviation last year was less than in 2005, according to the NTSB, with general aviation recording the lowest number of accidents in the 40 years of record keeping. Major airlines continued to have the lowest accident rates in civil aviation.
As Stevens Aviation’s Memphis, Tenn. facility nears certification of a Universal EFI-890R synthetic-vision glass panel in the Learjet 25, the company is embarking on a similar program for the Learjet 35 series, but with added features.
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