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AVIATION STARS IN POP ICONS SCANDAL...
Business aviation is playing a bit part in the showbiz scandal of the
year. Allegations that the charter jet used by Michael Jackson for his
much-publicized flight from Las Vegas to Santa Barbara was rigged with
small video cameras have caused uproar from the Jackson legal team.
THE INVESTIGATION BEGINS...
A criminal investigation was also launched into the matter. According to
the Los Angeles Times, FBI agents seized videotapes from XtraJet's Santa
Monica, Calif., office and launched a formal criminal investigation to
determine whether the company broke any laws. More...
ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY BOARDING JACKSON JET
Adding to the already bizarre situation is the report of an intruder
aboard the Jackson charter aircraft. A man who identified himself as a
news and photo agency reporter was arrested after allegedly climbing
aboard the jet while the pop star surrendered to authorities, police
said. Lee Kevin Madden, 27, was arrested Nov. 20 after Jackson's
security staff discovered him aboard the plane and held him for Santa
Barbara police, authorities disclosed. More...
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TAXI COMPANY SHUTS DOWN...
Financial problems have grounded SkyTaxi Inc, an
Oregon start-up that received national exposure for its hybrid air
service. SkyTaxi, whose business blended elements of regular airline
service and charter service, vacated its maintenance hangar at the Salem
airport and laid off employees last month. More...
HOPED FOR UNIQUE RURAL SERVICE
Morrow, the Salem entrepreneur, who is best known as a pioneer in
aviation navigation systems and his excursion into the snowboard
manufacturing business, helped start SkyTaxi last year. The
companys strategy is to provide air service to towns overlooked by
the major airlines through a network of SkyTaxi franchisees. Several of
these franchisees, in communities such as Klamath Falls, Newport,
Corvallis and Medford, originally agreed to buy $500,000 Cessna 414
airplanes to get their foot in SkyTaxis hangar door.
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CITATION FAMILY MOVES AHEAD...
Cessna now has three Citation CJ3s
in its certification flight-test program. The third plane took its first
flight earlier this month. Cessnas second production CJ3 (serial
number 002) completed its first flight on Nov. 6, 2003. A standard
production first flight profile was flown during the 2.6-hour flight.
Over 340 hours and 200 flights have been accumulated on all three CJ3s
with the CJ3 prototype recording the majority of these hours (262.8) as
it continues to complete developmental flight-testing.
AVIATION EXPANDS CITATION SERVICES
In support of the recently announced agreement with Cessna Aircraft
Company to modify and sell select trade-in Citations, Elliott Aviation announced it
has expanded its Citation service capabilities. Already experienced in
Citation 550/560 service support, the additional maintenance
capabilities have included factory tooling and training for the XL
(Excel) and 525 (CitationJet) series of Citations as well. Elliott
Aviation has facilities in Moline, Ill.; Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis,
Minn.; and Omaha, Neb., and has been selling and servicing business
aircraft since 1936. More...
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SETTLES $75M HOUSING DEAL
has agreed to stop blocking a Canadian housing development. Some say
this move is a signal the manufacturer doesn't want to be seen as
playing politics with city hall over the Toronto Island airport bridge.
According to the Toronto Star, Bombardier instructed its lawyers to
finalize a settlement with the city over 30 hectares of land near its
deHavilland plant. More...
AIRCRAFT'S PREMIER I CERTIFIED IN CHINA
Aircraft's Premier I business jet has received certification to fly
in China. The countrys Civil Aviation Authority awarded the
certification in late November. More...
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INTERNATIONAL AIRCRAFT CHARTER SERVICE AVAILABLE IN CANADA
An international aircraft charter operation has taken flight in Canada.
Corporate Airlink Ltd. was
originally founded in 1996 as a corporate aircraft management and
charter service. With 15 employees and two Cessna Citation Excels and
one Cessna Citation CJ1, the firm maintains a domestic operation at its
head office in Mississauga -- adjacent to Lester B. Pearson
International Airport -- and has regional support/operations centers at
both the Hamilton and Kitchener, Ontario, airports. Corporate Airlink
Ltd.s current fleet of small- and medium-sized business aircraft
was recently expanded with the addition of a BD-700 Global Express,
which now allows the company to offer long-range international services.
EMBURGH JOINS NATA AS MGR. OF GOV'T AND INDUSTRY AFFAIRS
Beth Van Emburgh has joined the National Air Transportation
Association (NATA) as manager of government and industry affairs.
Van Emburgh will focus on airport, security and environmental issues.
AVS AD WATCH
The FAA has a
final rule that supersedes an existing Airworthiness Directive (AD),
applicable to certain Bombardier Model CL-600-2C10 series airplanes,
that currently requires a revision to the Airplane Flight Manual (AFM)
to prohibit operations into known or forecast icing under certain
The FAA adopted a
new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain specified Eurocopter
France (Eurocopter) helicopters that requires inspecting the fuel air
vent hoses (air vent hoses) for chafing and fuel leakage in the
interference areas, inspecting the length of the latch support
attachment screws, installing spacers to prevent interference with the
latch support attachment screws, and removing one tyrap clamp support.
The FAA has published a
final rule for certain MD model helicopters. This amendment --
scheduled to become effective today -- adopts a new Airworthiness
Directive for the specified model helicopters modified with a Helicopter
Technology Company, LLC, Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) No.
SR09172RC, SR09074RC, or SR09184RC. More...
The FAA has published a
NPRM for certain Sikorsky model helicopters. The AD would require
installing a Number 5 bearing chip detector in each engine, installing
an on-board chip detector annunciation system, and revising the
Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) to add procedures for crew response to an
on-board chip detector annunciation. More...
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