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SPECIAL? PAYING ATTENTION TO PARTS
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
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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.
SWEARINGEN MAKES MILESTONES
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. More...
NETJETS LINK UP
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.
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. More...
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DIAMOND AWARD GOES TO RAS
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. More...
VS. AIRPORTS I
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.
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VS. AIRPORTS II
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.
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. More...
LANCAIR COLUMBIA 400 NOW CERTIFIED TO
The Columbia 400's twin turbochargers can now be put
to full effect with the aircraft's recent certification to 25,000
feet. With the added altitude to play with, the Columbia 400
gives pilots even more flexibility than before. Set the throttle to
80% power and cruise at 235 knots that's faster than any other
piston-powered aircraft in production today. Or ease the power back
and increase range to standard-setting levels. A company official
recently flew an unmodified Columbia 400 non-stop from Bend, Oregon to
Fort Worth, Texas (a distance of more than 1,300 nm) while averaging
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CANADA PROPOSES NEW BIZJET RULES
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. More...
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