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Once you buy the airplane and put it into operation, that's only half the battle: You still have to maintain it. Getting parts for a broken aircraft can be excruciating, especially if it's out of
production. And for some aircraft from some manufacturers, paying for the parts can be as expensive a proposition as acquisition. Now, two companies -- Bombardier and Raytheon -- are working to take
the sting and the wait time out of getting and paying for parts. Bombardier Aerospace last week announced launching a "new high-priority parts delivery program" designed for aircraft-on-ground (AOG)
situations. The program is designed to deliver much-needed parts to North American business aircraft operators within 12 hours, compared with the 24-hour industry standard. Bombardier is centralizing
all AOG parts deliveries with Expeditors International, a global freight forwarder with 170 offices worldwide. In addition, AOG orders are now routinely ready for shipping within one and a half hours
of receiving a customer's request. The program was initially launched in December 2004. Meanwhile, Raytheon Aircraft Company's customer support organization says it is rolling back prices on over
17,500 parts. The company's RAPID parts component -- Raytheon Aircraft Parts Inventory & Distribution -- is selling Beechcraft and Hawker parts at a reduced price -- many reduced as much as 50 percent
from original. The company's latest round of discounting follows an earlier one, announced in October 2004. According to RAPID, customers can actually see each new part price update on the company's Web site, where regular updates will be posted.
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Eclipse Aviation Corporation last week announced reaching a series of milestones in the companys march toward certification of its first very-light jet (VLJ) sometime next year. According to the
company, its test aircraft fleet -- seven Eclipse 500 aircraft -- is nearing completion. Five of the seven test aircraft are presently in final assembly positions. Eclipse also announced that its
second piece of friction stir welding equipment is operational, providing an additional 24 inches of height over the first one. According to Eclipse, the new piece of equipment, called a gantry,
provides greater flexibility in joining parts. The new equipment also features upgraded software for improved control of the welding process. As for its certification test aircraft, Eclipse reports it
has finalized fabrication of all vertical fins and horizontal stabilizers for the entire test fleet, including instrumentation and strain gauges. The upper and lower cabin assemblies for two test
aircraft, N505EA and N506EA, were recently joined, while aircraft N502EA and N504EA are being instrumented for flight testing. The fuselage for the static test airframe has also been completed. These
represent significant steps toward the successful completion of Eclipses test fleet, culminating in FAA certification of the Eclipse 500. These test aircraft will join N503EA, which entered
flight testing on Dec. 31, 2004. Five aircraft will be used in flight testing and two for static and fatigue testing. Eclipse says it recently received the PW610F engines for N502EA, the second
FAA-conforming Eclipse 500 test aircraft, which is slated to enter flight testing in April.
Another entry in the very-light jet market is the Sino Swearingen SJ-30, which recently achieved two milestones in the process leading to the jet's certification. Sino Swearingen Aircraft
Corporation's (SSAC) receipt of FAA type inspection authorization allows Sino Swearingen to move to the next phase of testing for the items passed. Additionally, the San Antonio, Texas-based company
announced late last month it had completed all required static testing for FAA certification of the twinjet's airframe. The completed testing includes pressurization, ultimate wing loading, landing
gear drop testing and other airframe tests. Dr. Carl Chen, CEO and president of SSAC, stated today, "Now that all of our critical high-speed flight testing is finished ... we are aggressively
finishing the additional flight testing required for the FAA certification. [The type inspection authorization] is a significant and major milestone in that process." Final FAA certification of the
SJ30-2 is projected by SSAC in the second half of 2005. The SJ30-2 is designed for a 2875-sm range and a high-speed cruise of Mach .83. The company expects to certify its aircraft to FL490 feet and
for single-pilot operation.
Lufthansa Private Jet is the name; flexibility and comfort for the German carrier's customers is the game. The new service is a partnership with U.S.-based NetJets and its European operation to
provide private jets from more than 1,000 airports around Europe to Lufthansas Munich hub to board connecting flights there in first or business class to destinations around the globe.
Similarly, passengers arriving in Munich can take a NetJets plane to their final destination. The new service goes into effect March 29. Business travellers are attaching a growing importance to
sovereign command of their time. Many of our customers want maximum flexibility in their travel planning. In NetJets, we have found an ideal partner for this segment," said Lufthansa Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer Wolfgang Mayrhuber on inking the agreement with the fractional operator. NetJets' Richard Santulli added, We are delighted to be partners with Lufthansa -- ensuring their
most valuable customers have extraordinary choice and flexibility. We are especially thrilled that Lufthansa selected NetJets as its partner -- as no one knows more about aviation in Germany." The new
operation will go through some six months of market tests in operating flights targeting a select group of the scheduled carrier's first- and business-class passengers.
It was just a matter of time: Executive Jet Management (EJM) has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation to offer business jet service between Chicago and New York, and New
York and Los Angeles. According to published reports, the carrier plans to use Chicago's Midway Airport (MDW) and Westchester County Airport (HPN, outside of New York City) as two service points.
There was no immediate word from the DOT on whether or when the operator's application -- which called for some 30 round-trip flights each week in the Chicago/New York market and 10 between New York
and Los Angeles -- would be approved. The proposed scheduled service would be a first for EJM, a unit of NetJets. The application did not specify which aircraft EJM would use, nor did it mention a Los
Angeles-area airport. The proposed service would obviously present an attractive alternative for many well-heeled business travelers weary of the drama and turmoil of scheduled airlines but reluctant
to bite the bullet and pony up for fractional aircraft ownership. There was no word, also, on what, if any, security measures the proposed operation would be forced to comply with.
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The FAA this month named Raytheon Aircraft Services (RAS) recipient of the agency's highest award for maintenance excellence, the Diamond Award. The recognition was presented to nine RAS service
centers. Additionally, some 278 employees earned awards of their own ranging from Bronze to Diamond. The individual awards are based on how many hours of FAA-approved training a technician has
received during a calendar year. For example, in order to qualify for an individual Diamond Award, a technician must receive 100 hours of FAA-approved training. Part of the FAAs Aviation
Maintenance Technician Awards program, the awards highlight the importance of aviation safety and education for professionals working within the industry, and specifically focus on training. Service
centers as well as their employees are eligible. To earn a Diamond Award, a facility must have at least 25 percent of its employees earn honors in the FAAs Maintenance Technician Program. The
RAS facilities recognized by the FAA are located in Little Rock, Ark.; Bakersfield and Van Nuys, Calif.; Tampa, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Wichita, Kan.; Atlantic City, N.J.; and Houston
and San Antonio, Texas. Last year, we set out with the goal of having each facility earn a Diamond Award. Our employees made it happen, said Skip Madsen, vice president of operations for
Raytheon Aircraft Services.
The battle between communities, airports and the operators that use the facilities shows no signs of abating. In Bucks County, Penn., near New Jersey's Trenton-Mercer County Airport (TTN), local
residents are taking on a new strategy in their ongoing attempts to fight back against noise. A local activist, Paul Krupp, has begun a letter-writing campaign, according to published reports, among
area companies using the airport. Krupp is urging companies like General Electric, Johnson and Johnson, and Merrill Lynch to cut back on noise. Krupp and his compatriots are reportedly becoming
increasingly frustrated by late-night noise from nearby TTN and other facilities. And, it's the same old story -- ATC procedures for IFR arrivals and departures tend to favor the same fixes, turning
points and routings for similarly performing (and sounding) bizjets. Local growth at TTN and other nearby airports hasn't helped.
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At the other end of the spectrum, a Florida airport is seemingly gearing up to accept larger and noisier jets. According to published reports, the Kissimmee (Fla.) Gateway Airport (ISM) could soon be
accommodating aircraft as large as the Boeing 737, all of which comes about as airport officials announced that engineers had discovered the runway pavement is thicker than previously thought. The
thicker pavement allows heavier aircraft, like the 737 and/or its Boeing Business Jet cousin, to safely operate from the facility. The discovery came as the airport planned to rework its pavement,
anyway. The airport has asked the FAA to review the findings and formally approve the heavier aircraft. It's not at all clear whether ISM would seek to divert the Mickey Mouse scheduled traffic from
nearby Orlando International (MCO) or whether it is simply building on its existing designation as a reliever to attract larger and heavier bizjet traffic. Of course, before any scheduled traffic
could use ISM, a terminal would need to be built, including facilities to screen passengers, as well as an approved fire station.
Airlines are not the only aviation industry participants that have their own frequent-flyer programs. Raytheon Aircraft Company (RAC) this month announced it has launched two new programs -- dubbed
MaxPower and MaxServices -- to help reduce costs and build brand loyalty among operators using its FBO facilities throughout the U.S. The new, simplified MaxPower program is an enhanced version of the
companys existing fuel-purchasing program. According to RAC, it features better benefits and lower thresholds for customers to earn discounts and rewards. MaxServices, on the other hand, rewards
RAC customers for maintenance performed at Raytheon Aircraft Services. The rewards are in the form of additional fuel discounts. According to RAC, an operator who spends $100,000 on turbine
maintenance or $25,000 on piston maintenance in a year can earn an extra dime-per-gallon discount on top of the 10 cents to 75 cents they may already be earning with the MaxPower program.
Enrolled customers automatically earn credit for their purchases, which are tracked electronically within the entire Raytheon Aircraft Services network.
LANCAIR COLUMBIA 400 NOW CERTIFIED TO FL250
The Columbia 400's twin turbochargers can now be put to full
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Canadian business jet operators may soon be operating under new rules, Transport Canada announced this week. The new rules would include regulations on such operations as "visual and instrument flight
rules; weather, weight and balance and airworthiness standards; and licensing and medical requirements," according to the department. However, instead of being regulated by the government directly,
Transport Canada will be delegating certification and monitoring duties to the Canadian Business Aviation Association. "Many businesses operate their own aircraft to transport their own employees or
employees from companies under the same corporate umbrella," Transport Canada said in a statement. "The proposed amendments would also allow operators to develop training programs, operating
procedures and related manuals that are suited to their individual operations." Interested parties have 30 days to comment on the proposed rule changes.
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