Yesterday Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream Aerospace product support, summarized the company’s latest efforts in the product support arena, which includes 3,850 personnel, 11 Gulfstream-owned service centers, 14 Jet Aviation facilities, more than $1.4 billion in parts and materials, upgraded Field and Airborne Support Team (Fast) G150s and three rapid-response Fast trucks, in Los Angeles, Houston and New York.
After years of trying, Airbus has cracked the U.S. VVIP charter market with the first sale of an ACJ318 today at the NBAA Convention. Airbus believes the sale will significantly increase the visibility of Airbus Corporate Jets (ACJ) in the U.S. The aircraft will be based at Jet Aviation Flight Services in Van Nuys, Calif., where it will be operated for an undisclosed owner and for Part 135 charter. It will be placed on Jet Aviation’s operating certificate for charter late this year or early next year.
Flexjet, which will soon be owned by Directional Aviation Capital, doubled its firm order for Learjet 85s today at NBAA 2013. This latest transaction puts the Flexjet order at 115 firm aircraft from Bombardier–including 60 Learjet 85s–and options for 150 more. If all of the options are exercised, this brings the order value total to $5.6 billion
While the U.S. Congress passed legislation on October 16 that put an end to the 16-day government shutdown, getting agencies such as the FAA fully back up to speed will likely take weeks–adding to the adverse impact widely felt within the general aviation community and beyond.
“While the agreement reached does reopen the government, it may be some time before services at the FAA and other agencies are fully restored to pre-shutdown effectiveness,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
Learjet spent a good part of the day October 17 celebrating the “start of the delivery process” of its new Learjet 75 at its facilities in Wichita.
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has denounced an October 15 press report that claimed 58 percent of aircraft in South Africa do not have airworthiness certificates. The authority said the story was both inaccurate and irresponsible, insisting that its main point was based on a statement made by a member of the South African parliament that was taken out of context.
Equipment manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace is developing two new in-flight icing detection systems (FIDS). Scheduled to be ready for entry-into-service in 2015, the first system will detect supercooled droplets of less than 50 microns in diameter. This size is consistent with current standards for large aircraft (CS-25, Appendix C under EASA rules).
The number of fatal accidents in business turbine airplanes worldwide in the first nine months of 2013 showed no improvement when compared with the same period last year, according to preliminary figures compiled by AIN.
The VivaAerobus Group has signed a purchase agreement for 52 Airbus A320 family jets, marking the biggest Airbus aircraft order by a single airline in Latin American history. The deal covers 40 A320neo and 12 current-generation A320, the first of which the airline plans to take next April. VivaAerobus, a Mexican low-cost carrier, has opted to announce the engine selection later.
The NTSB is investigating the October 15 failure of an International Aero Engines V2500 engine aboard a Spirit Airlines Airbus A319 20 minutes after takeoff en route from Dallas to Atlanta. An initial investigation of the A319 determined the failure was contained within the engine’s outer casing. The aircraft landed safely.