Prosecutors in Brazil are appealing the dropping of some accusations in the 2006 midair between a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 and an ExcelAire Embraer Legacy 600. Judge Murilo Mendes recently dismissed charges that the American Legacy pilots, Joe Lepore and Jan Paladino, were negligent in not taking emergency steps for communications loss, ruling that nothing suggested an emergency situation.
A Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 crashed into a muddy field while on approach into Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport at around 10:30 a.m. local time February 25, killing at least nine of the 134 occupants and injuring dozens more. News cameras showed rescue crews surrounding the scene, where the airplane lay in three pieces alongside a highway, roughly a half mile from the intended runway threshold.
AMAC Aerospace officially opened for business in early February at the EuroAirport in Basel, Switzerland. The new company was founded by Heinz Koehli, former CEO of Jet Aviation. Despite the economic downturn, AMAC has been able to implement initial plans as announced a year ago and has completed an impressive 45,000-sq-ft hangar on schedule.
European low-cost carrier Ryanair has entered “early negotiations” to order 200 to 300 new Boeing 737-800s or Airbus A320-series airliners in the coming two years. The equipment, which includes replacement capacity, would support continued expansion during the 2012 to 2017 timeframe, with Ryanair potentially benefiting from any decline in aircraft prices during the current recession.
An FAA airworthiness directive (AD) issued in October could ground more than 70 narrow-body bizliners worldwide that are equipped with auxiliary fuel systems designed to give the aircraft additional range.
Although there was some expectation that VIP charter operator Royal Jet of Abu Dhabi would announce new firm orders for aircraft here at MEBA, Shane O’Hare, president and CEO, said yesterday that the company expects to make acquisitions in possibly six to 12 months.
Genesis Custom Jetliners, a U.S. firm that specializes in the conversion of previously operated airliners to VIP and head-of-state airplanes, has opened a sales office in Dubai in a bid to carve out a share of the Middle East luxury jet market.
More than 200 Gulfstream II and Hawker 800/800XP business jets now sport blended winglets developed by Aviation Partners (Stand No. 925) to improve performance by reducing time to climb and fuel consumption, or by increasing range.
They also can enhance the perceived value of an aircraft, according to the U.S.
company’s senior vice president of marketing, Dick Friel.
Demand for VIP conversions of new widebody airliners, much of it emanating from this region, has impelled Germany’s Lufthansa Technik (Stand No. 410) to increase capacity both at its Hamburg base and at other sites on both sides of the Atlantic, according to Walter Heerdt, the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) group’s senior vice president, marketing and sales.
Describing it as a “very exciting time to be an OEM,” Boeing Business Jets announced that during the past year it has added 21 aircraft worth approximately $3 billion to its backlog. Overall, the company claims a total backlog of 59 aircraft consisting of 33 of its BBJ family and 26 widebodies worth a total of $8.2 billion.