The rise in business jet activity in the U.S. last month wasn’t enough to overcome losses in the turboprop sector, causing overall business aircraft flying to decline for the fourth consecutive month–this time by 2 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus.
AINalerts » June 6, 2013
A Cessna CitationJet equipped with Tamarack Aerospace’s active winglets made an unofficial record-breaking trip from Sandpoint, Idaho, to Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., on Tuesday night. The Tamarack CJ (N86LA) is on display at today’s NBAA Business Aviation Regional Forum at Westchester County Airport in White Plains. The nonstop 1,853-nm flight landed with reserves of 472 pounds after flying for six hours and 16 minutes.
The executive charter sector appears not to be making a promising start in the Northern Hemisphere summer season, according to the latest demand projections from online charter portal Avinode. As of June 5, the company’s forward-looking demand index showed anticipated aircraft bookings for the next 30 days generally down compared with the May 5 index.
SyberJet Aircraft selected Cedar City, Utah, for the location of its headquarters and the SJ30 assembly plant, the company announced this afternoon. “Our decision to locate the SJ30 assembly facility and SyberJet headquarters in Utah is a result of the incentive package offered by local and state officials,” noted David Grant, chairman of SyberJet parent company MSC Aerospace.
NBAA chose its White Plains Regional Forum at New York’s Westchester County Airport today to announce a new, free educational program that has the promise of saving corporate, business, charter and general aviation flights both time and money. The “brain child” of Jim McClay, NBAA air traffic management specialist, who works at the FAA ATC Control System Command Center in Warrenton, Va., FileSmart seeks to increase awareness among aircraft operators of the value of filing timely and accurate flight plans.
The French union of airline pilots, SNPL France ALPA, is now defending two pilots who were in the cockpit of a Falcon 50 involved in a major drug bust in the Dominican Republic. Bruno Odos and Pascal Fauret, jailed in Higüey for 77 days and counting, are “collateral damage,” the union said in a statement released today.
Garmin’s first international dealership and service center in China has been established by ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services at Binhai International Airport in Tianjin. While Garmin has local representatives, ExecuJet Haite is the first “that has set up a dealership and service center for Garmin in China,” according to Garmin. ExecuJet Haite has also applied for Chinese CAAC Part 145 maintenance organization approval. ExecuJet and Garmin already have existing relationships in other parts of the world, the companies noted.
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is fighting a plan by the FAA to impose $479,000 in air traffic control fees on its annual AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, Wis. “They are holding us hostage,” EAA chairman Jack Pelton told AIN. “This is political.” On May 14 the FAA informed EAA of its demand for contract and immediate payment allegedly to cover the cost of controller expenses and overtime.
CAE appointed Nick Leontidis today as group president for civil simulation products, training and services. He replaces Jeff Roberts, who left the company. Leontidis is a 25-year veteran at CAE, joining as a software engineer and rising to the executive ranks, most recently as executive vice president for strategy and business development. According to CAE, he has played a key role in the success of its civil business and global footprint expansion.
Show organizers NBAA and the Asian Business Aviation Association have set April 15 to 17, 2014 as the dates for next year’s ABACE show, which again will be held at China’s Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. “Organizers are hard at work to make ABACE 2014 an even more successful demonstration of the significance of business aviation in Asia-Pacific, and in the months ahead we’ll have a number of exciting announcements to share,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen, adding that the Asian business aviation show “will build on the success of previous years.”
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