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Edited By David Rimmer

Edited By David Rimmer
National Express Corp. 

National Express Corp., Newburgh, N.Y., announced the appointment of John Backer as general manager of operations for Stewart International Airport.

Mesaba Cuts 

In anticipation of ``decreased passenger loads and lower aircraft usage in the fall,'' Mesaba Airlines says it will furlough about 50 pilots through January 2003 and close crew bases in Wausau and Rhinelander, Wis., by the end of the year.

``We regret the need to make these decisions,'' said Mesaba COO John Spanjers, who continued, ``They are necessary given the current economic realities of the airline industry.''

A Budget SSBJ? 

Reno-based Asset Research Corp. is working on the design of a supersonic business jet that could be built with existing engines and would be practical without exotic low-boom technology. Company founder and president Richard Tracy says that his strategy is to team with an airframe and an engine supplier to build the new airplane.

Bombardier's Three Families 


Team Color: Red

Model: 40, 45, 60

Performance Package: XR


Team Color: Blue

Model: 300 (formerly Continental)


800 (formerly SE/Corporate Jetliner)

Performance Package: DX


Team Color: Gold

Model: 5000, Express

Performance Package: XRS

Goodrich Corp. 

Goodrich Corp., Charlotte, N.C., named Jeff Yaker as president of turbomachinery products in Chandler, Ariz. Yaker was formerly president of the company's Universal Propulsion Co. subsidiary in Phoenix. Mike Heidorn has assumed the presidency at Universal and will oversee the company's ejection seat and restraint products.

New Programs From CitationShares 

Cessna's CitationShares is now offering a program aimed at companies that might need to fly between 25 and 50 hours per year.

The Platinum Traveler Program costs $109,000 per 15-month period, during which the first 25 occupied hours are included. After that, additional 25 hours per period are available at savings of 50 percent. Travelers pay only for the hours they are on the aircraft -- CJ1s and Bravos -- with no positioning fees.

NBAA Gathering Soars Despite Down Economy 

Despite wariness on Wall Street and trepidation among major OEMs about thinning demand for new aircraft, the NBAA's 55th Annual Meeting and Convention in September drew a record 1,011 exhibitors and a more than respectable 27,785 attendees.

Unlike last year's somber mini-convention in New Orleans, this year's Orlando event included the announcement of several new aircraft, major orders and also industry forecasts that pointed to a more robust future.

Among the major developments during the Sept. 10-12 gathering:

LHT's Data Linked, Surround Sound Cabins 

The airborne office is taking a leap into the future -- at least on extra, extra-large aircraft. Lufthansa Technik (LHT) and Cisco Systems are developing a high-speed, wireless LAN that will be linked to a multi-user, multi-channel communications management unit.

Elliott, Ultra Team on Quieter B200s 

Elliott Aviation and Ultra Electronics have been awarded Supplemental Type Certification for a new Active Noise and Vibration Control System for the Raytheon Beech King Air B200. The system, which has been jointly developed by the two companies, significantly reduces propeller noise throughout the aircraft, with the reduction in noise being especially dramatic in the cockpit and noteworthy throughout the cabin.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla., promoted Guy McClurkan to vice president of affiliate operations. McClurkan will oversee the development and operation of business such as providing new sources of funding, expanding training operations and increasing the university's global reach. He will also be responsible for management of the Aviation&Space Technology Academy.

Atlantic Coast Airlines 

Regional giant Atlantic Coast Airlines (ACA) is attempting to become a player in the corporate shuttle and on-demand charter market with the launch of its new ACA Private Shuttle unit.

Dassault Falcon Little Rock 

Dassault Falcon Little Rock won the WSO Concerned Company/ Corporation Award, Safety, from the World Safety Organization. The award recognizes companies for their ``superior attention to and concern for the safety

of their employees.'' This is the second year in a row DF-LIT has received the award.

StarPort Building Facility at SFB 

StarPort, an FBO at Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), Sanford, Fla., has begun construction of a 45,500-square-foot maintenance facility scheduled to open in March 2003.

``We believe that now is a good time to make a strong statement -- one that shows our belief in the strength and resilience of the business aviation market,'' said Nelson Cambata, president of Cambata Aviation International, which is StarPort's parent company.

Delta Regionals Plan DCA Expansion 

Delta Air Lines is targeting Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) for a major expansion of regional jet service.

The carrier's Com-air and Atlantic Southeast Airlines subsidiaries will add service to eight cities on Nov. 1, including Charleston, S.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Huntsville, Ala.; as well as Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The carriers are adding three daily roundtrips from DCA to Atlanta, and one daily roundtrip to both Cincinnati and New York's JFK International Airport.

Ibis Ups Ae270 Power 

U.S. market interest in the higher-powered Ae270HP has persuaded Czech-Taiwanese Ibis Aerospace to freeze its PT6A-42 version of the design and bring forward the uprated model by one year to offer deliveries from early 2004 onward. Those among the 69 firm customers and option holders who had originally intended to obtain the standard aircraft have mostly been persuaded to follow suit.

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