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AIRLINE SECURITY FEARS BOOST BIZAV Although bottom-line
impact hasn't been felt -- yet -- last week's terrorism-related
restrictions on airline travel are proving to be a major boost to
business and general aviation interests in North America and,
presumably, Europe. By canceling trans-Atlantic flights and banning from
airline cabins many electronic devices and most liquids, anti-terrorism
authorities in the United Kingdom and the U.S. may have done a big favor
for private aviation. Since then, major-media news stories covering the
alleged terrorist threat have highlighted airline delays, cancellations
and lengthy security lines involving flights between the two countries;
domestic U.S. flights have also been affected. More...
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TRAVELERS LOOK FOR ALTERNATIVES As one wag put it, the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security's actions last week "deemed an entire
state of matter to be a security risk" -- as well as business
necessities like cellphones and laptop computers. But there were no new
rules in effect for the average general or business flight, something
for which the industry was thankful. And busy. According to Adam
Aircraft, the company's Web site experienced a 20-percent increase in
"hits" late in the week, which company spokeswoman Shelly Simi
attributed to "people looking for alternative travel and ways to avoid
the airlines." It didn't stop with Adam: The New York Times reported many so-called "jet card" operators saw a
surge in bookings and inquires. More...
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VLJ RACE BEGINS It's been years in the making, but the race
between very light jet (VLJ) manufacturers will soon be at high speed.
That's if Eclipse and Cessna have anything to say about it. Cessna last
week said it began function and reliability (F&R) flight testing on its
forthcoming Citation Mustang VLJ, which the company maintains is "the
last step before gaining type certification from the FAA." We have
essentially completed the majority of our certification issues and
expect to wrap things up with the F&R program, keeping us on schedule
for TC as predicted four years ago when we launched the program. Not
only will we meet FAR Part 23 requirements, well also meet a
number of the Part 25 commuter aircraft requirements regarding takeoff
and landing performance, said Jon Carr, Citation Mustang project
"ON TRACK" For Cessna, Carr said its Mustang type certificate
will include approval for single-pilot operation, day/night operations,
visual and instrument flight rules (VFR/IFR), and operations in reduced
vertical separation minimum (RVSM) airspace -- same as Eclipse. In fact,
Cessna is being forced to say its Citation Mustang "will be one of the
first new aircraft certified with" certain features, instead of
the first. Like Eclipse, Cessna maintains the Citation Mustang
remains "on track" for certification in the fourth quarter of 2006.
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G150 ENTERS SERVICE Gulfstream Aerospace this week celebrated
the newest addition to its fleet -- the G150 business jet. Billed as
Gulfstreams "first true mid-size business jet," the G150 was
introduced in September 2002 and certified ahead of the company's
schedule. The G150 completed its first flight on May 3, 2005, and
received FAA certification on Nov. 7, 2005. The G150 aircraft are
designed and built in collaboration with Israel Aircraft Industries
(IAI) in Tel Aviv, Israel. Initial manufacturing is completed in Tel
Aviv, then the aircraft are flown to Gulfstreams Dallas facility
for the final phase of manufacturing. More...
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SWEARINGEN SJ30 SETS RECORDS The Sino Swearingen Aircraft
Corporation (SSAC) said last month its SJ30 light jet had unofficially
set records for range and speed for a light jet. The company flew an
SJ30 from San Antonio, Texas, to Goose Bay, Canada, refueled, and then
flew on to the Farnborough air show in Farnborough, England. Records
claimed by the company include fastest time in its class from San
Antonio to Goose Bay and from San Antonio to Farnborough. The flights
were observed by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and won't be
official until the NAA verifies them. More...
Columbia Simplifies Buying & Selling All
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AVIATION ADDS TO U.S. MANAGEMENT FLEET Zurich-based Jet
Aviation said recently its U.S. aircraft management division added 10
new aircraft to its fleet through new long-term agreements. New
additions in the U.S. include a Falcon 900EX, a Citation III, a Citation
V, a Gulfstream III, a Gulfstream V, a Gulfstream IVSP, a Challenger
300, a Global Express, a Challenger 601 and two Hawker 800s. "Demand for
comprehensive aircraft management support is strong and we are pleased
that Jet Aviation continues to be the management partner of choice,"
said Michael Szczechowski, senior vice president and general manager of
Jet Aviation's U.S. aircraft management division. More...
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SAFETY STANDDOWN SET Billed as its "War on Error," Canadian
airframer Bombardier has set dates for this year's "Safety Standdown," the company's four-day seminar
focusing on safe business aircraft operation. This year's seminar will
be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita, Kan., Oct. 2 through Oct
5, and is open to operators of all aircraft, not just Bombardier's.
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