Brazilian race driver Nelson Piquet, one of few ever to win three world championships, hasn’t slowed down. At LABACE he confirmed the purchase of a second Citation Mustang. He also owns a Citation X, the fastest civil aircraft in the world, and is rated to fly both the Mustang and Citation X. Cessna claims Brazil is the second largest regional market for the Mustang, behind the European Union.
The volume of business aircraft arrivals for the Democratic National Convention in Denver this week has been less than predicted, Denver-area FBOs serving the turbine-powered fleet have reported. Levels have been so low that the FAA’s special traffic management plan for the event had not gone into effect as of this morning.
Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong received a hero’s welcome as he boarded his NetJets aircraft after winning the race in Paris for a historic fifth consecutive time on July 27.
Bell Helicopter on July 5 opened its new 38,000-square-foot Canadian supply center at Calgary International Airport in Canada. “Our alignment with the front runners in the Canadian airport business development market certainly lends itself to strong OEM representation for years to come,” said Colin Bartole, manager of the new center.
A proposed stadium for the Arizona Cardinals NFL football team in Tempe, Ariz., would be a hazard to airplanes using Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the FAA concluded last month. The FAA lacks the authority to stop construction, but its conclusion might prompt the state to consider other locations. The Cardinals is the only NFL team that uses a college stadium as a home field. The proposed site is 2 mi east of the airport.
Before Big Eight basketball teams began competing in the newly formed Big 12 Conference in 1994, their longest league road trip was about 600 mi. And among the former Southwest Conference schools that now comprise the league’s southern division, it was only 400 mi to the farthest conference venue. Today, travel to play Big 12 games can range as much as 900 mi, and inter-conference contests may take cagers to both coasts, Hawaii and Alaska.
The FAA has pushed back its final safety report on the Arizona Cardinals’ football stadium from September 11 until October 11, leaving the stadium builders frustrated about the delay.
The Reno Air Races were back on form this year as some 180,000 people trekked to Stead Field in mid-September to watch 128 aircraft compete in six race classes for a record $800,000 in prize money. Last year’s event was canceled early in race week due to September 11.
At an extraordinary general meeting on July 8, Farnborough-Aircraft.com Ltd. (FAC) shareholders, voting on two proposals relating to the future management and funding of the company, backed lead investor Geoffrey Galley instead of company founder Richard Noble.
In the wake of the recent failure of several competitors, Spectrum Aeronautical is moving ahead cautiously on the development of its all-composite S-40 midsize jet, according to company president Austin Blue.