While general aviation aircraft billings rose marginally last year by 0.4 percent, to $19.1 billion, shipments declined by 3.5 percent to 1,865 aircraft, according to data released yesterday by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). This data omits fourth-quarter deliveries and billings for Hawker Beechcraft in both 2010 and 2011, since the Wichita aircraft manufacturer will not release fourth-quarter 2011 figures until late next month.
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A provision in the recently passed FAA reauthorization bill will result in Stage 2 business jets weighing 75,000 pounds or less being phased out in the contiguous U.S. after Dec. 31, 2015.
ST Aerospace broke ground on a $26 million expansion of its complex at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park on Tuesday. The additions will include a purpose-built general aviation aircraft hangar, pilot-training simulator center, facilities for aviation technical training and a VIP area for air charter customers. The company expects all of the new buildings to be finished by year-end.
In the wake of recent punitive measures against the operators of its San Bernardino, Calif. FBO, Million Air has terminated its franchise agreement with SBD Properties, one of several companies at the airport run by Scot Spencer, the airport’s developer, and T. Milford Harrison, the airport’s former executive director. According to Million Air, SBD failed to meet the terms of the franchise contract, and in a lawsuit filed in Texas the FBO network claims SBD owes it more than $800,000 in various costs, management and franchise fees.
A report released last week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) criticizes the FAA for lax program cost and schedule monitoring and control related to its air traffic control modernization effort. Of 30 NextGen programs the GAO examined, 11 have experienced cost increases over their original estimates by $4.2 billion, representing more than 60 percent of the agency’s total delay costs for these programs.
Landmark Aviation was recently awarded a 37-year lease to operate an FBO at San Diego International Airport. It currently operates the former Jimsair Aviation Services on the field, which it acquired in July 2008. Under the new agreement, Landmark will design and build a new FBO with a 20,000-sq-ft terminal, a 250,000-sq-ft ramp and five hangars on a 12.4-acre leasehold. The new FBO building is required to achieve LEED Silver certification from the U.S.
Reuben Brothers acquired the London Heliport in Battersea from Andrew Davis today, adding to an aviation portfolio that includes London Oxford Airport . The heliport, which is located on the River Thames and allows easy access to London’s West End and city center, is the only CAA-licensed one in London. PremiAir, which is still owned by Davis, is one of the most frequent users of the heliport.
Eclipse Aerospace released a flight-planning and in-flight reference iPad app called Eclipse Quick Reference Application (QRA) yesterday. The app for the Eclipse 500 very light jet includes a weight-and-balance flight-planning tool, interactive flight checklists and performance planning tools. Eclipse QRA can also pull up digital copies of the aircraft flight manual and the aircraft maintenance manual, complete with updated downloads of temporary revisions and other customer communications.
Gulfstream Aerospace named Steven Meng as the regional sales manager for product support sales in Southern California yesterday. Based at the company’s Long Beach, Calif. facility, Meng will be responsible for the sale of maintenance, paint and interior upgrades as well as avionics modifications to Gulfstream and non-Gulfstream operators in Los Angeles, San Diego and the surrounding areas. Previously he was a senior internal sales manager for product support sales at the Long Beach facility.