NetJets reportedly owns over 600 jets which it operates via NetJets Aviation. This high number of jets enables them to successfully allocate a jet to a member with only four hours notice. Out of those 600 jets, more than 240 are reportedly Cessna Citation business
jets. And while numbers of craft are important so is maintance availablility.
So, NetJets has started an awards program to highlight their partners who are helping them meet these demanding goals. The first winner of a "NetJets Annual Performance Award" was Textron'sCessna Aircraft for providing a 30% reduction in maintenace time per jet operated. Cessna Aircraft highlights the use of applying Six Sigma lean improvement processes to achieving this reduction. [jobwerx]
The Helium Report (the consumer reports for the wealthy?) is reportedly working on a new report entitled "The Six Cs of Private Aviation: Cost, Complexity, Commitment, Consistency, Capability, and Comfort." You can learn more via this link.
If you are interested in blog posts at AviationObserver.com you'll probably be interested in the report. We will try to get it and let you know what we think.
Areo-News is reporting that Eclipse Aviation is expecting full FAA certification for their Eclipse 500 very-light-jet (VLJ) in the very near future. The retail price of the Eclipse 500 is expected to be in the $1.5 million range and currently has a provisional certification. According to the article the final FAA testing is focused on the avionics suite for the Eclipse 500 called the "Avio" that is supplied by Avidyne.
Another interesting tidbit from the article was that some 'modern' features like GPS navigation and
weather radar will be delivered at leas six months after FAA certification. A retrofit service is already beeing planned by Eclipse to address this.
Information Week for Aug. 21, 2006 published news that Boeing is going to discontinue offering their Connexion Internet access service because of failed interested by current airlines, and continual financial losses. It is estimated that Boeing spent over $1 billion to build out the 6-year old system.