During a House aviation subcommittee hearing yesterday on oversight of on-demand (Part 135) aircraft operators, DOT Inspector General Calvin Scovel III testified that this operating environment carries a “number of safety risks, such as short, frequent flights with more takeoffs and landings–the most dangerous part of flight.” NTSB statistics show that these higher risks have translated into more accidents for on-demand operators–155 fatal ac
UK-based charter broker Air Partner today announced that it has shut down its aircraft operating division–Private Jet Operating Company (PJOC)–in a bid to stem mounting losses. PJOC has been put into administration, which is similar to U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy laws, after the company failed in attempts to establish a joint-venture partner for the business or to find a buyer.
Online charter portal Avinode unveiled its new aircraft charter search engine at the conference. The company says its new 2.0 system will make it easier for charter brokers and operators to put together the most cost-efficient routes by allowing them
Charter operators that are rated by Argus can now run free TripCheq reports for any aircraft listed on that operator’s DO85. According to Argus, this allows charter customers to receive a TripCheq report, for U.S. and international trips, when they ask for a charter quote.
Online charter portal Avinode upgraded its new aircraft charter search engine, making it easier for charter brokers and operators to put together the most cost-efficient routes by allowing them to search more effectively for real-time aircraft availability and pricing. It can also show complex sets of charter flight options, even for operators with multiple bases or a floating fleet.
Jet Aviation has launched its own charter company after purchasing sole-proprietor charter operator K Services and naming the new charter division Jet Aviation Flight Services.
Online charter portal Avinode is unveiling its new aircraft charter search engine at this week’s NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers conference in San Antonio. The company says its new 2.0 system will make it easier for charter brokers and operators to put together the most cost-efficient routes by allowing them to search more effectively for real-time aircraft availability and pricing.
The analysts and pundits continue to maintain a positive outlook for the economic future of the business aviation industry, but the experiences of those in the trenches doesn’t always match the picture analysts paint.
David Wyndham, v-p and owner of Conklin & de Decker, said last month he is seeing “glimmers of hope” for a business aviation industry still slogging through an economic bog.
When a Challenger 600 operated by Platinum Jet Management crashed on takeoff from Teterboro Airport in February 2005, the accident attracted intense FAA scrutiny of the issue of operational control. In addition, it resulted in the indictment this year of seven executives and employees of the now-defunct charter operator and conviction of two of the group.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that three more aircraft charter operators passed its “industry audit standard” and achieved “registered” status. Executive Fliteways of Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; Million Air Dallas of Addison, Texas; and Sun Air Jets of Camarillo, Calif., all reached this milestone last month. These operators join Jet Solutions/Bombardier Flexjet, the first company to pass the audit and be registered.