Business aircraft management and charter operator Zenith Jet and noise reduction specialist Aviation International Management Services (AIMS) have teamed to launch a new thermal acoustic barrier package that promises to reduce cabin noise by up to 30 percent. AIMS is supplying the kits and Zenith Jet is the exclusive marketing agent.
AINalerts » November 11, 2008
A draft environmental impact report for Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport’s “Noisier Aircraft Phaseout” project suggests that most aircraft might divert to Bob Hope Airport in Burbank to avoid new noise restrictions at Van Nuys. The restrictions would be imposed in phases, starting on Jan. 1, 2009, with a ban on aircraft arriving or departing Van Nuys with takeoff noise levels of 85 dBA or more, dropping to 77 dBA on Jan. 1, 2016.
Due to a high number of fatal aeromedical accidents over the past year, the NTSB yesterday announced it will hold a public hearing on the safety of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) operations. The three-day hearing will begin on February 3 at the NTSB’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
In its just-released long-term aviation market outlook, Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer forecasts global demand for 11,880 business jets worth approximately $204 billion between next year and 2019. This doesn’t count the new VLJ air-taxi and branded charter market, which the company believes could add another 1,800 to 2,800 jets to the personal and entry-level segments over the 10-year span.
DayJet’s future is still uncertain and will be a “fundamentally different business” if operations resume, according to DayJet chairman Ed Iacobucci, one of the keynote speakers at the Aviation Week VLJ forum that kicked off today in West Palm Beach, Fla. The company ceased operations on September 19, less than a year after its launch, but is still seeking investors and plans to restructure and modify its goals, Iacobucci said.
Pre-owned business jet inventories rose by 10 percent last month and are now 57 percent above year-ago levels, according to a report issued yesterday by UBS Investment Research. “Used inventories have been building steadily since the end of 2007 and in October reached a fourth consecutive all-time high at 2,564 aircraft,” noted UBS aerospace analyst David Strauss.