Several executive changes at Flight Options have followed in the wake of Raytheon’s full acquisition of the Cleveland-based fractional provider in late December. Chief marketing officer Cameron Gowan is out, and company leader Michael Scheeringa is solidly in.
Raytheon Aircraft donated $50,000 to the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), bringing the manufacturer’s total CAN donations to $100,000. CAN is a White Plains, N.Y.-based organization that arranges for cancer patients to fly to treatment centers in otherwise empty seats in business aircraft on routine flights.
General aviation manufacturers last year posted an all-time record for billings and
a four-year high in new turbine airplane deliveries. According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), billings of $15.1 billion on the shipment of 3,580 piston and turbine airplanes last year were a 27.2-percent increase from the $11.9 billion and 2,963 airplanes in 2004.
Raytheon Hawker 1000 (BAE 125-1000A), San Francisco, Sept. 11, 2004–The NTSB attributed the Hawker 1000 accident to an electrical arc from an undetermined source, which initiated a hydraulic line rupture, resulting in an equipment bay fire.
Dan Colussy was named interim CEO of Bethesda, Md.-based Iridium Satellite, replacing Carmen Lloyd, who retired. Colussy is a founding investor and former CEO of Iridium Satellite and chairman of Iridium Holdings.
Columbus, Ohio-based Aircraft Logs.com named Eric Roy executive v-p of AirNet systems.
Raytheon Beech King Air 90, Raleigh, N.C., April 27, 2006–The pilot of King Air N90CH reported a fire in the cockpit and diverted to Raleigh. The NTSB is looking into the incident and has requested that the windshield heating unit be sent for examination. There was no substantial damage to the airplane, which is registered to Chartco of Salisbury, N.C.
Raytheon Aircraft last expected to receive full FAA certification of the super-midsize Hawker 4000 Horizon in February, nearly five years later than the originally estimated date of spring 2001. The FAA granted the aircraft provisional certification on Dec. 23, 2004. But February came and went without full, final certification.
Fractional provider NetJets recently awarded a trophy to Raytheon Aircraft’s Little Rock facility for outstanding performance. The facility services and performs scheduled maintenance on NetJets’ domestic fleet of 69 Hawker 400XPs, Hawker 800XPs and Hawker 1000s. NetJets created the award to recognize its partners and suppliers for their role in supporting the NetJets fleet.
UK operator Club328 has devised a new way to market charter flights through its new SkyBond program. Customers hand over £1 million ($1.75 million) to be put in an escrow-protected bank account in Club328’s name for six years. Club328 gets the interest earned over this time and the customer gets 25 flight hours each year (150 hours total) in one of the company’s Raytheon Premier Is.
Under the terms of an agreement with BLR Aerospace, Landmark Aviation has become an authorized dealer for the Everett, Wash.-based aerospace research and development firm. The arrangement allows five Landmark Aviation locations, previously designated as Raytheon authorized service centers, to install winglets designed, certified and manufactured by BLR for King Air 200s.