Renowned aviator Barrington Irving gave an inspiring message about aviation as a career to hundreds of middle and high school students from central Florida today at the NBAA Convention. In 2007, at just 23, Irving flew solo around the world in a Columbia 400, dubbed Inspiration because he had to ask individual suppliers for donated parts so he could afford the airplane. After flying more than 30,000 miles without radar or anti-icing systems, he became the first African American and the youngest person to fly solo around the world.
AINalerts » November 1, 2012
The business aviation community came together last night in support of the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the industry charity that arranges for cancer patients to fly to treatment in empty seats on business aircraft. At this year’s NBAA-CAN Soiree in Orlando, attendees participated in both a silent and live auction.
While not a record, attendee registration was strong for the 2012 NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla., which concluded today. At the end of yesterday, there were 24,748 visitors registered, down slightly from last year’s day two tally of 25,861, but up from the 23,831 registered in 2010.
Based on its most recent statistics and industry member surveys, aviation data provider Jetnet continues to forecast an upturn in the market. “If you liked the industry over the last 10 or 20 years, we believe it’s going to get even better,” said JetNet iQ director Rolland Vincent at the company’s “state of the market” briefing this week at the NBAA Convention.
Sierra Industries and Clifford Development have formed a joint venture called NewJETz to develop a Williams International FJ44-4 engine retrofit program. The 3,600-pound-thrust engine retrofit will power legacy Cessna Citation 550 and 560 series jets, including the Citation V, Bravo, Ultra and Encore. The new modification is called eVolution, and NewJETz will also offer owners of these aircraft avionics and other upgrades.
Aerobridge is initiating a limited activation in response to Hurricane Sandy. The organization is coordinating donated aircraft to bring first-response donations to Farmingdale, N.Y., where they will be picked up and transported via truck to Staten Island and Lower Manhattan to assist 5,000 children and disadvantaged families. Aerobridge is looking for pilots with aircraft who can acquire food, water, winter jackets, batteries and flashlights and fly them to Farmingdale.
NetJets’ aircraft charter and management arm, Executive Jet Management, launched a new program that provides flight departments and aircraft owners with a suite of services that offer cost savings on fuel and crew training and VIP access to FBOs. Dubbed Support Services, the program also offers benefits that include preferred rates for crew recruiting, crew training classes, aircraft brokerage, aircraft quality evaluations and maintenance at EJM’s repair station at Cincinnati Municipal Airport-Lunken Field.
Continuing its mission to educate the public and elected officials about the importance of general aviation, the Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA) held a press conference on Monday at the NBAA Convention to highlight the advocacy organization’s recent achievements. The alliance has recently launched its new website, and among its features is an interactive map of the U.S. showing a snapshot of economic impact of general aviation by state and by community, taken in most cases from state-sponsored studies.
Phillips 66 Aviation announced a new corporate credit card program featuring Avcard, a co-branded card with Phillips 66. The new Phillips 66 Aviation Wings Card will provide acceptance at more than 7,200 locations globally, along with double WingPoints at participating FBOs. The card can also be used for a variety of services beyond fuel, lubrication and maintenance, including aircraft cleaning, landing fees, oxygen, transportation, ground power, hangar rental, flight training, hotel reservations and catering, among others.