The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) sent a letter today to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, urging him to stop cuts from sequestration that will “disproportionately” affect the safety of general aviation operations. “The recommended cuts will have unacceptable consequences for the nation and the flying community,” AOPA president and CEO Craig Fuller wrote to Huerta.
AINalerts » March 12, 2013
Less than a week after touting his company’s accomplishments at Heli-Expo 2013, Eurocopter CEO Dr. Lutz Bertling, 50, has resigned effective April 30, parent company EADS announced this morning. He joined Eurocopter in 2003 and became CEO in 2006. During his tenure, Eurocopter’s sales nearly doubled to $8.3 billion.
JetPort’s new FBO at Russia’s St. Petersburg Pulkovo Airport officially opened last Wednesday at the Pulkovo-3 building. The facility, which sits on a 24-acre lot, plans to add international flight capability “in the near future,” after arrangements are finalized with the Russian immigration, customs and civil aviation authorities.
Founding members of the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) convened for the first of the organization’s biannual board meetings in Rabat, Morocco, last week to discuss continued activity and strategy. Among its goals for this year is the commissioning of a study into the framework of business aviation in Africa that will be used to support future planning.
Pending a judgment against Associated Air Center that could total as much as $49 million, the Dallas Love Field-based company is already planning an appeal. In the suit, brought by Tary Network and Citadella International Group in a Dallas district court, attorneys claimed that Associated and related entities engaged in a breach of contract “that led to tens of millions in losses for the jet owners, including lost profits, out-of-pocket damages and lost value.”
NBAA director of seminars Sandy Wirtz is retiring at the end of this week. Since joining NBAA in 1996, Wirtz has helped ensure that NBAA’s seminars, conferences, workshops and committee meetings run smoothly from start to finish. She has been responsible for site visits at each of NBAA’s events, contracts with vendors, negotiating hotel agreements, signing speakers and coordinating on-site logistics. NBAA has not yet named Wirtz’s successor, and a spokesman told AIN that NBAA plans to hire a meeting planner.
Bell Helicopter took in orders for 50 helicopters last week at Heli-Expo in Las Vegas. According to the company, American Medical Group Holdings placed an order for 30 helicopters at the show, while orders for 20 more came from international customers in Latin America, Europe and Asia. “We set out aggressive customer interaction and sales goals for Heli-Expo,” Bell Helicopter president and CEO John Garrison said. “It has been an exciting and intense few days spending time with hundreds of our best customers.”
To promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) education and stimulate student interaction in aviation and manufacturing, Build A Plane and GAMA announced a nationwide Stem educational competition. The winners of this competition, eight children in total, will receive free trips to the Glasair Aviation facilities in Arlington, Wash., to build two Glasair Sportsman aircraft in June. GAMA member companies, along with Glasair Aviation, are donating technical expertise, workspace, aircraft equipment and supplies to the competition.
TrueNorth Avionics’ Simphonē Chorus cabin communications system received STC approval for installation on the Cessna Citation 560. The STC, developed and completed by Duncan Aviation in Battle Creek, Mich., includes TrueNorth’s Simphonē Chorus and SwiftBroadband 200 systems, as well as both wired and wireless handsets. TrueNorth said the STC applies to the Chorus and Duo editions of the system, which add both voice and data/Wi-Fi capabilities to the cabin.
Bombardier Aerospace confirmed that CDB Leasing, a subsidiary of China Development Bank, is the previously unidentified customer that placed an order on December 21 for five Global 6000s worth approximately $293 million. CDB Leasing is the bank’s sole leasing arm. “We are positive about the general aviation market, especially in China,” said CDB Leasing chairman Wang Chong. “The relationship between CDB Leasing and Bombardier on Global 6000 jets is also the beginning of our new endeavor in the business aviation industry.”