Tim Travis, media relations manager for Raytheon Aircraft, died December 9. He was 46. Travis joined the corporate communications department at Raytheon Aircraft in 1997. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, four children, his parents, two sisters, two step-brothers and a step-sister. A memorial fund has been established with the Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Sedgwick County, 219 N. St. Francis, Wichita, KS 67202.
Plans are under way to form a Greater Washington Business Aviation Association, patterned after other regional groups affiliated with NBAA across the nation. Companies using airports and airspace in the Washington area should contact GWBAA@ phaneufaviation.com.
The Brazilian Departamento de Aviacao Civil has approved Raytheon Aircraft Services Tampa as a Brazilian Repair Station. The facility is in the process of completing its first Brazilian Beechjet repair and inspection. Brazil has a large number of Raytheon Aircraft products that require heavy maintenance support.
Steve Brown took over as NBAA senior vice president of operations three months ago, but he is an old hand on the Washington scene. Before accepting the NBAA post, he served as a senior vice president of AOPA, president of the National Aeronautic Association, and most recently as FAA associate administrator for air traffic services and then vice president of operations planning in the FAA’s new Air Traffic Organization (ATO).
On Thursday, Raytheon closed an agreement with minority shareholders Brantley Partners, Brantley Capital and Monitor Clipper Equity Partners to purchase their remaining interest in Cleveland-based fractional provider Flight Options LLC. Terms were not immediately disclosed.
Several executive changes at Flight Options have followed in the wake of Raytheon’s recent full acquisition of the Cleveland-based fractional provider. Chief marketing officer Cameron Gowan is out and company leader S. Michael Scheeringa is solidly in. Last Thursday, Scheeringa was named permanent CEO, after serving as the acting CEO since November 2004. Gowan has left, with his duties going to Jim Dauterman, the v-p of sales and marketing.
Reporting today on its year-end results, Raytheon said that Raytheon Aircraft delivered 255 turbine business airplanes last year (141 jets and 114 King Airs) compared with 219 (115 jets and 104 King Airs) in 2004. This was an increase of 16.4 percent year over year, just short of Raytheon’s revised forecast of 267 turbine business airplanes.
The FAA has withdrawn its decade-old proposal to rescind its requirement for Mode-S transponders and adopted a new rule that will end the hundreds of Mode-S installation exemptions currently in effect. Beginning March 1, 2007, Part 121 and 135 operators will no longer be exempted to fly without a Mode-S transponder.
Air traffic controllers at Canada’s Ottawa International Airport can now “see” traffic on the airport surface in the southwest area of the airport using a computer vision-based airport surface detection (ASD) system installed by Searidge Technologies. The Searidge system detects aircraft, vehicles, people and other objects using a network of digital-imaging sensors coupled to computer-vision technology.
Raytheon Systems has sold two radars to HungaroControl, the Hungarian air navigation services provider, and four to the Sultanate of Oman. The first contract, worth $10.6 million, consists of an ASR-23SS L-band primary surveillance radar and a Condor European mode-S monopulse secondary surveillance radar. These systems will replace the older ones in Kõrishegy and Püspökladány.