Charter broker Air Partner has entered the flight-planning market with the creation of a new division called Flight-Operations.com. The venture is based at Air Partner’s worldwide headquarters near London Gatwick Airport. Flight-Operations.com is led by Tim Lester, the former deputy managing director of rival flight-planning company Baseops.
Perhaps contrary to the impressions of outsiders, flying business aircraft into and within the Middle East is not difficult. At least that seems to be the consensus of those who arrange planning and handling for international flight operations in this part of the world.
AirData, the flight planning specialist, is preparing to launch its new SwiftOps.com online flight planning and crew briefing system this fall. The new software is intended to automate as much of the flight planning process as possible, reducing crew workload during busy operations without compromising the operational control of crews.
Visitors to Universal Weather & Aviation (Booth No. 1020) can learn of the company’s recently launched In-flight Alerts system designed to keep flight crews apprised of weather hazards or other changing conditions that could affect planned and active flight routes. By means of significant system enhancements, Universal now provides automated alerts of new weather or flight-impacting notifications to one of its 60 staff meteorologists.
Rudy’s Inflight Catering is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its White Plains, N.Y. kitchen with an expansion of the facilities. According to Joe Celentano, who with his brother John owns and manages Rudy’s, “We are about to add a 900-sq-ft refrigerator to supplement the operation.” The facility, on the grounds of Westchester County Airport, has also extended its hours and is now serving clients 24/7/365.
With Palm- and Windows-based personal digital assistants (PDA) rivaling the capabilities of larger PCs and laptops, it’s no wonder that hundreds of aviation software applications are now available for the handheld units. Web-enabled cellphones, cellphone/PDA hybrids and, to a lesser extent, Blackberry devices also have their share of aviation software.
Learjet 25B, Feb. 20, 2004, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.–The NTSB determined the probable cause was the pilot’s misjudged distance/speed while landing and the flight crew’s failure to follow prescribed emergency procedures. Factors were the flight crew’s inadequate in-flight planning/decision making, which resulted in a low-fuel condition; an open hydraulic relief valve; and inadequate maintenance.
The UK’s Maestro Aviation has started delivering its aircraft performance and operations procedures software to corporate flight departments, including that of the BAE Systems aerospace and defense group. Developed to run on virtually any computer hardware, including PDAs, the software covers functions such as runway performance and center-of-gravity calculations.
Beech King Air C90A, Salt Lake City, Dec. 18, 2004–The NTSB said the probable cause was the pilot’s failure to obtain/ maintain a proper climb rate after takeoff and his premature initiation of the turn (low-altitude flight maneuver).
Raytheon Beech B200 King Air, Tulsa, Okla., Dec. 8, 2004–After the right engine of King Air N6PE began to “sputter” on approach to Tulsa International Airport, approximately six miles from the runway, the engine quit. The 2,100-hour pilot “looked over at the fuel gauges and both tanks were showing empty.” Moments later, the left engine quit.