After posting a 2.3-percent loss in November, business aircraft flying decreased again last month versus a year ago–this time by 2 percent–according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. These results again were partially weighed down by the temporary shutdown of Avantair’s turboprop flight operations during the fourth quarter.
AINalerts » January 10, 2013
Led by increasing demand for its R66 turbine single, Robinson Helicopter posted strong numbers last year, delivering 517 aircraft, up from 365 in 2011, according to company CEO Kurt Robinson. “Things have definitely picked up,” he told AIN.
The scale and value of anticipated charter bookings for the rest of January and into early next month has taken a predictable dip after the busy Christmas and New Year period.
Tamarack Aerospace received a contract this week for up to 10 CitationJet active winglet kits (a firm order for three with options on seven more) from Fort Myers, Fla.-based business aircraft broker Premier Jet Aviation. The kits, to be delivered next year, will be used as part of Premier Jet’s “CJ Plus” CitationJet refurbishment program.
India’s business aviation sector is facing a new obstacle to growth, with civil aviation minister Ajit Singh now insisting on giving final approval for every aircraft imported into the country. Before October, aircraft acquisition requests from airlines, charter companies and private individuals were dealt with by senior government officials on the aircraft acquisition committee, which met each month to clear backlogged requests.
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court issued an order on Monday authorizing Hawker Beechcraft to assume an earlier agreement with Pilatus Aircraft, resolving a claim by the Swiss OEM against the Wichita aircraft manufacturer. Pilatus had alleged that Hawker Beechcraft continued to build and deliver T-6 trainers before and following the May bankruptcy filing without paying royalties on intellectual property in production of the aircraft. The T-6 and AT-6 are both based on a Pilatus design.
Cessna Aircraft has started production of the Citation M2 at its Independence, Kan. facility, the company announced today. The front and aft cabin assemblies for the light business jet, which is a derivative of the out-of-production CJ1, are built at Cessna’s Wichita facility and then transported to Independence for final assembly and delivery. S/N 800, a demonstrator aircraft, is slated to roll off the assembly line in April.
CAE’s Gulfstream G450/G550 flight simulator in Shanghai, China, recently received Level D certification by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). The G450/G550 training programs are set to start soon at the Shanghai Eastern Flight Training Centre (SEFTC), in the Shanghai Pudong Waigaoqiao free trade zone. Both programs will feature standard CAE courseware in Mandarin, as well as English. The Shanghai facility is CAE’s 10th business aviation training location worldwide.
Rectrix Commercial Aviation Services acquired AirFlyte, an FBO and Part 145 repair station located at Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield, Mass. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though Rectrix did reveal that it paid cash for the company. AirFlyte founder Gary Potts will remain president of AirFlyte, according to Rectrix. AirFlyte’s capabilities include maintenance for most business jets at its 43,000-sq-ft facility. FBO amenities include business suites, crew lounges, quiet rooms, refueling services, aircraft deicing and a conference center.
Bombardier Aerospace delivered 179 business jets last year, 16 more than in 2011. During this same period, the company received net orders for 343 business jets, compared with 191 for the previous year. “We are the market leaders in business aircraft, and the restructuring of our commercial aircraft sales organization is yielding results,” said Bombardier Aerospace president and COO Guy Hachey. “We are seeing positive momentum across our entire product portfolio,” which also includes regional jets.