Helicopter EMS operators and OEMs announced several large orders for new aircraft at the opening of the Air Medical Transport Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., yesterday. Air Methods, the largest U.S. helicopter EMS company with a fleet of 320 rotorcraft, announced it is buying 15 new Bell 407 singles for delivery next year.
AINalerts » October 12, 2010
According to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, the number of serious runway incursions at U.S. airports dropped by half from a year ago. In Fiscal Year 2009, there were 12 serious runway incursions; in FY 2010, which ended September 30, only six were logged, three of which involved airliners. This is the second consecutive year that the number of serious incursions has fallen by half, the FAA said.
Tomorrow night the Montrose County (Colo.) Commission will consider a revised incentive package aimed at luring Extra Aircraft to build an assembly plant there for its all-composite EA-500 turboprop single. The original deal involved a land transfer that required the county to pay Extra $2.2 million for donated land and provide other incentives, essentially capitalizing a large share of the company’s site start-up costs.
As business aviation flight hours have increased over the past year, the number of industry accidents also rose slightly, according to statistics released last week by business aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates. During the first nine months of this year, the U.S. business jet and turboprop fleet experienced 34 accidents, including five fatal that resulted in 14 deaths.
According to JPMorgan’s latest business jet monthly report, released on Friday, improvement in the pre-owned market has stalled. However, it expects the trend toward lower inventories to restart and continue. The nearly 3-percent decline in pre-owned inventories in the 12 months following the July 2009 peak has “lost some steam” as levels have increased slightly (up 0.1 percent) for the second consecutive month in September.