“"I've got a list of corporations that have gotten out of their airplanes [because of criticism from politicians]. It is the stupidest thing I've ever seen. When you look at the time and cost savings; it does not make sense not to fly [privately]. You can't let public perception interfere with your business decision to fly. It either is a good business decision or it isn't."”
A Boost for King Air 300s and Citation 500s
BLR Aerospace has received a supplemental type certificate from the FAA for winglets that mean good news for King Air 300 owners. The Everett, Wash. company claims the winglets will increase the twin turboprop's cruise speed by five to eight knots, reduce fuel consumption 3.5 percent and increase the rate of climb by 300 feet per minute. At the same time, Sierra Industries of Uvalde, Texas, is developing winglets as a retrofit item for the Citation 500 and 560 that will similarly enhance performance. FAA approval is expected in the third quarter of 2007.