EASA’s new regulations for pilot training and issuance of European pilot licenses, ratings and certificates took effect yesterday.
AINalerts » April 10, 2012
Demand for charter flights appears to be climbing again, though charter hourly rates continue to be flat. Online charter portal Avinode says its April 1 demand index was 126.14–some 22 points higher than a year ago and about three points higher than last month.
At 98.1, though, the forward-looking price index for April was little changed from both last year and March 1. Charter pricing in the North American market dropped by two points from a year ago, while in Europe pricing solidified, rising about five points since April 2011.
Construction of a business aviation center at Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg, Russia, missed its target for completion last month, but builder and operator JetPort told AIN that the FBO is nearly done and the facility will open this summer. Called Pulkovo-3, the facility sits on a 24-acre lot that includes apron and parking places for 20 business jets. The 43,000-sq-ft, two-story business aviation terminal will be able to serve up to 1,500 passengers daily, the company said.
Bombardier Aerospace is rapidly expanding its presence in the emerging aviation markets in Asia and the Middle East. Today, the company inaugurated its new office in Shanghai, which is now home to the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft teams working with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac), Bombardier Aerospace’s supply chain organization in China and the company’s commercial aircraft sales and marketing team for China and North Asia.
France-based operator Aerovision expects to receive EASA approval in September for its new camera pod on a Dassault Falcon 50. Designed for aerial photography and filming, a retractable gyro-stabilized “ball” contains cameras for still images and video. The cameras can be rotated 350 degrees horizontally, 20 degrees upward and 120 degrees downward.
Dassault Falcon promoted Jean-Michel Jacob to senior vice president of international sales. In his new position, he will oversee all sales activity for Dassault Falcon in Asia, the Pacific Rim and South America. Jacob, who has worked for the French aircraft manufacturer in several sales capacities since 1987, will be based in Beijing. He was named vice president of international sales in 2005 and established the company’s Asian sales headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2007.
XOJet today announced the XOJet Platinum Partner Network, which enables select members of its broker network to extend their relationship with the charter provider. While all XOJet broker partners can resell the operator’s on-demand and fixed-price charter services on a per-trip basis, platinum partners will now also be able to resell Preferred Access, which offers lower prices for flexible fliers; Coast2Coast, a discounted program for coast-to-coast travel; and XOJet Elite Access, a guaranteed access program that mimics those found at fractional providers.
Blue Sky Network formed a partnership today with S4A (Solutions For Aviation), a supplier of aviation equipment and services based in El Puerto de Santa María, Spain. This new partnership will enable S4A to sell Blue Sky Network’s line of aviation products based on two-way messaging, voice and Iridium-based satellite tracking technology in Europe. When combined with SkyRouter, a secure cloud-based global mapping portal solution, Blue Sky Network’s two-way messaging transceivers allow constant and remote monitoring of aircraft through GPS position reports.
Argus released a new version of TraqPak FBO, a web-based live flight-tracking aircraft activity analysis and market intelligence reporting tool used by FBOs, air charter operators, aircraft management companies and other aviation service providers. New features of TraqPak FBO v2 include the capability to add unique color codes to any aircraft and change the activity views in the program between full map, no map and the standard map and grid side-by-side view.
Gulfstream Aerospace appointed Thomas Huff to the newly created position of aviation safety officer. A retired U.S. Navy test pilot with more than 25 years of experience, Huff reports directly to company president Larry Flynn. Huff will oversee a comprehensive aviation safety program for all Gulfstream flight operations, including experimental test, production test, demonstration and corporate flights. He will provide independent safety oversight and promote aviation safety and awareness throughout the company, Gulfstream said.