Pre-owned business jet and turboprop inventories continued their shallow fall last month, according to data released today by business aviation market information firm JetNet. While the pre-owned market is not yet experiencing a gangbuster recovery, JetNet remains “cautiously positive” about the rest of this year.
AINalerts » August 2, 2012
NetJets introduced its Supplemental Lift Assurance program yesterday to address the short-notice needs of aircraft owners that cannot be met with their owned aircraft. The obstacle might be a technical problem, an existing trip commitment or a size or range inadequacy of the owned aircraft for the mission at hand.
Demand for private aircraft charter is poised to soar this month during the peak Northern-hemisphere vacation season, according to online charter portal Avinode. The company’s forward-looking demand index for the next 30 days jumped 20 points, from 162.90 on July 2 to 182.69 today. It is also almost 68 points higher than where it was a year ago.
While the U.S. Senate was taking further action this week to oppose the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), a coalition of industry groups sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood urging the Obama Administration to take action against what the group calls the “unilateral and unlawful” EU carbon tax.
A new device developed by Redbird Simulations and Bad Elf connects Apple iPads to flight simulators, allowing pilots to use iPad moving-map apps while flying the simulator. The new Cygnus device allows pilots to fly with iPads using simulators just as they would in the airplane.
“There are risks when using new technology,” said John King, co-chairman of King Schools, which develops training courses and also sells Redbird simulators. “You ought to have standard operating procedures [when using iPads] before getting into the airplane. And this should be part of training.”
Registration is now open for the 16th annual Bombardier Safety Standdown, which will be held October 8 to 11 in Wichita. Bombardier offers the seminar at no charge to attendees, but space is limited and registration is required.
Flight Display Systems has introduced its Fly HD aircraft video system, which it says is a cost-effective and easy-to-install upgrade path to get full 1080p high-definition video in cabins. The system has been engineered to use HD-SDI signals on the common coaxial cable that is already installed on many aircraft, reducing rewiring and converter boxes. Fly HD flat-panel HD monitors are available in sizes from seven to 55 inches. Installations can range from simple monitor upgrades to a complete cabin management system.
Wyvern auditor Del Denny has been promoted to director of operations at the company. Denny has “extensive” management experience in the corporate, charter and airline segments of the aviation industry over the past 45 years. He also holds an ATP certificate with numerous type ratings in business aircraft, and has directed worldwide FAR 91/135 business aircraft operations for several Fortune 200 corporations. His international experience includes more than 120 Atlantic and 30 Pacific Ocean crossings. Denny will be working out of the company’s Trenton, N.J. office.
Cessna president and CEO Scott Ernest will be the featured guest speaker at the next meeting of the Atlanta Aero Club, to be held at noon on August 9 at the Grand Ballroom of the Capital City Club in downtown Atlanta. The club has received a large number of advanced reservations for this event and is expecting more than 100 members and guests to attend. Ernest joined Cessna last year after a 27-year career at GE Aviation.
Today Embraer delivered the first Lineage 1000 to go to a mainland China customer, Xinjiang Guanghui Industry Investment Group. Since the first delivery of a Legacy 600 in Greater China in 2004, Embraer has booked firm orders for 28 executive jets in this market, 15 of which were written last year. The company forecasts Chinese demand for 635 executive jets from all manufacturers in the coming 10 years.