Jet Aviation Flight Services has received authorization from the Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation (BDCA) as a continued airworthiness management organization (Camo). The authorization allows Jet Aviation to manage the maintenance of aircraft registered in Bermuda, where managing aircraft by a Camo has been mandatory since 2010. “We are delighted to meet the high standards of the BDCA,” said Don Haloburdo, v-p and general manager of Jet Aviation Flight Services.
Direct hurricane hits on Florida FBOs are rare, but all of them prepare.
For U.S. Gulf Coast residents history repeated itself at the end of August when Hurricane Isaac struck, seven years to the day after Hurricane Katrina roared ashore and nearly drowned New Orleans. The storm caused the temporary closure of several area airports and forced others to declare “ATC-zero” status due to tower shutdowns or other lapses in contact with ATC.
Uruguay’s Pluna Air Lines has placed a firm order on three more 90-seat Bombardier CRJ900s worth $129 million at list prices, the Canadian manufacturer announced in late April. Based at Carrasco International Airport, near Montevideo, the flag carrier operates a uniform fleet of 10 CRJ900s, with which it provides both domestic service and international flights to Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay.
Halifax-based Jazz Air Income Fund has agreed to invest $15 million in Latin American Regional Aviation Holding (LARAH) in return for a 33.3-percent non-voting equity interest in the company and a minority stake in Uruguay’s Pluna Airlines. At the time of closing of Jazz’s investment, LARAH will hold an indirect 75-percent equity interest in Pluna. The government of Uruguay holds the remaining 25 percent.
Soon after the magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, killing more than 200,000 people and displacing more than a million more, relief began arriving by air. Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport–the main gateway to
the island nation’s ruined capital, Port-au-Prince–re-opened two days later as
humanitarian flights began streaming in.
Helicopters again played a critical role in providing safe evacuations and critical rescues before and after twin hurricanes that pounded the U.S. Gulf Coast between September 1 and September 13. But unlike when Hurricane Katrina laid waste to New Orleans and parts of coastal Mississippi and Alabama in 2005, this time authorities were ready, with detailed plans in place for Gustav and Ike.
Temporary flight restrictions remain in place around Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY), New Orleans Lakefront (NEW) and parts of Southeast Louisiana, following yesterday’s landfall of Hurricane Gustav. The Category II storm battered the Gulf Coast with 110-mph winds and prompted the FAA to issue TFRs throughout Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.
Premier Aircraft said a recent transatlantic flight by a Falcon 50 modified with the company’s 50Dash4 performance upgrade demonstrated a quicker takeoff and climb, increased cruise speed and improved fuel burn. Speed increased 35 knots at cruise altitude and the modified Falcon reached cruise altitude 16 minutes faster than a standard Falcon 50.
The Portuguese government is investigating the September 12 fatal accident of a 1977 King Air 200 in which the British pilot and all eight Spanish passengers were killed. The twin turboprop crashed into the Atlantic Ocean shortly after taking off on a planned commercial flight from Portugal’s Madeira Islands. The airplane, N600BV, was registered to Willis Lease Finance in Sausalito, Calif.
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