Embraer has delivered the 1st Lineage 1000 to Al Jaber Aviation (AJA) of Abu Dhabi, UAE. The aircraft is due to begin on-demand charter service in March. Currently the largest Lineage 1000 customer, AJA has a fleet of 5 aircraft and 21 on order. The company began service in 2009 with 2 new Legacy 600s, offering VIP charter service from Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The Lineage 1000 is Embraer’s largest bizjet, with a range of 4400 nm with 8 pax or 4000 nm with 4 pax, both with NBAA IFR fuel reserves.
AJA has also taken delivery of its first Airbus aircraft, an A318 Elite, which will undergo cabin outfitting by Lufthansa Technik subsidiary BizJet Intl at TUL. AJA will take delivery of the outfitted A318 Elite in mid-2010, when it will become the first Middle East company to offer Airbus aircraft for VIP charter. AJA has ordered 4 A318 Elites and 2 Airbus ACJs.
(L–R) Longtime friends Scott Patterson, Bruce McCaw and Clay Lacy with a Bombardier Learjet 85 mockup during the recent Legend of Learjet event. Held on Jan 21 at VNY’s historic Syncro hangar, the occasion showcased the Learjet’s history, with examples of nearly every Learjet model on display.
Hawker Beechcraft’s King Air 350i has earned FAA and EASA certification. Deliveries started at the end of 2009. The King Air 350i offers the Rockwell Collins Venue cabin management system, which supports multiple personal entertainment devices, including CD, DVD, Blu-ray and MP3 players, gaming consoles, laptop computers and future HDMI devices. Operators may customize the 350i cabin by reconfiguring or removing aft club components to meet specific mission needs. The 350i is also now the quietest King Air, with cabin sound levels recorded at an average 78 dBA.
AMAC Aerospace has delivered its first VIP Airbus A320 to a Middle East customer. Outfitting included 48 seats, a bedroom, shower and cabin entertainment system including audio and video on demand, wireless LAN and satcom. Total completion time was 9 months. Studio Emotion designed the aircraft interior and project management was overseen by Altair Aero Projects. AMAC is based at BSL (Basel–Mulhouse–Freiburg).
Meridian Air Charter added a Bombardier Global 5000 to its charter certificate. It will be based at HPN. This is the second Global 5000 in Meridian’s charter fleet. Meridian is a full-service FBO based at TEB with an FAA-authorized repair station, air charter service, aircraft management and aircraft detailing.
GE Aviation Czech (formerly Walter Engines) has moved to a new 135,000 sq ft facility in Prague. The facility includes CNC machining centers, EDM and NDT capabilities and a new surface-treatment plant. The most recent addition includes 3 new automated engine test cells for development, certification and production acceptance testing of turboprops. Performance testing on the H80 turboprop—originally the Walter M601 H80—is under way with certification expected in mid-2010. The H80 offers an extended service life of 3600 flight hrs and 6600 cycles between overhauls together with enhanced hot-day takeoff performance and high-altitude cruise speeds.
In other news from GE Aviation, the company has named the Power 90 as its preferred engine conversion for the Beechcraft King Air 90 and Smyrna Air Center at MQY (Smyrna TN) as a designated engine installer for the Walter M601E engine on the King Air 90. Smyrna Air Center holds the STC to the Power 90 conversion—a modification for the King Air 90 series in which the original engines are replaced with more powerful 751-shp Walter M601E-11As.
Jeff Toline is the new dir of service at Gulfstream’s ATW (Appleton WI) facility. He was most recently general mgr of the GDAS facility in Minneapolis MN.
FlightSafety Intl (FSI) has named Jeffery McPhie dir customer support. He joined the company in 2008 as mgr of customer support at FSI’s TEB facility. Previously McPhie owned an audiovisual production company and held management positions with Design Presentation and GE.
Sabreliner Corp has named Walt Sirmans to the newly created position of chief operating officer. He will be based at the company’s Perryville MO facility and will manage Sabreliner’s 4 operating sites in Missouri and Kansas.
Patrick Champagne (L) has been named VP cockpits and systems integration with Esterline CMC Electronics. He was previously VP engineering. James Palmer (R) has been appointed VP aviation products and is charged with developing next-generation avionics and managing all product support.
Darden Hamilton has been tapped to head STC programs for Blackhawk Modifications. An aerospace engineer with 30 years of aviation product development experience, Hamilton has worked in experimental flight test groups at Cessna, McDonnell and Honeywell Engines & Systems in flight test instrumentation and flight test engineering.
Sikorsky has named Shane Eddy VP global helicopters. Eddy joins Sikorsky after a 14-year career at Bell, where he was most recently senior VP customer support and chief services officer. While at Bell he also served as exec dir commercial helicopter programs, dir of the completion center and training academy, and mgr of product support engineering.
StandardAero has appointed Chris Bodine VP and general mgr of its AGS (Augusta GA) facility. He was previously the acting VP and general mgr. StandardAero AGS offers MRO services on the Honeywell TFE731 and TPE331 engines and GTCP136/150-series APU. It also serves as an authorized service center for the Challenger, Falcon, Legacy, Learjet and Astra/Westwind series.
Basil Barimo is the new VP global engineering and quality for Nordam Repair Group. He joins Nordam after 6 years with ATA where he most recently served as VP ops and safety.
FRG (Farmingdale NY)-based Cablevision Systems has appointed Philip Prosseda as aviation director. A 20-year aviation veteran, Prosseda has logged more than 10,000 hrs TT. In 2001 he joined CSC Transport, a Cablevision subsidiary, as chief pilot. He has held positions with Avjet, Wayfarer Aviation, Jet Aviation and GTC Aviation. Prosseda is an NBAA certified aviation manager (CAM).
Arlene Elliott, cofounder of Elliott Aviation, died in January at the age of 91. She and her husband Herb founded Elliott Flying Service at Cram Field in Davenport IA in 1936. Arlene is primarily credited with persuading banks to finance purchases of business aircraft. She served as CFO and treasurer for Elliott Aviation for much of her career. Elliott Aviation was one of the original independent Beech dealers and in 1977 Beech renamed its “Man of the Year” award to “Team of the Year” and gave the award to both Herb and Arlene, who are listed in the Beechcraft Hall of Fame.