“Indicators are marginally better, but momentum is insufficient for us to abandon our caution.” That is the tepid verdict of the analysts in J.P.Morgan’s latest business jet monthly update, released yesterday. The report notes that growth in U.S. business jet flight operations is currently the “key positive trend,” with the fifth consecutive year-over-year increase registered in August.
AINalerts » October 15, 2013
At Capitol Hill on Thursday, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca) was joined by NBAA, ALPA, GAMA, NATA, HAI and Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (Pass) in a rally against the government shutdown. Heavy rain, as well as Capitol security, dampened attendance to about 150 people, who were supplied by Natca with matching signage and shirts.
AgustaWestland continues to be on pace to certify its new AW189 medium-twin helicopter late this year, with the first non-test production model making its first flight on Thursday. The helicopter is slated for December delivery to oil-and-gas service operator Bristow Group. Two other AW189s are on the production line in Italy.
Landmark Aviation will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for its new facility at San Diego International Airport. Its FBO campus at the Southern California airfield will include a 20,000-sq-ft terminal, 250,000-sq-ft ramp and five hangars on 12.4 acres. The new facility is also expected to achieve Leed Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. According to Landmark, the new FBO will open late next year.
Embraer’s third-quarter numbers were released today, and while deliveries of 25 executive jets are down by four airplanes from the previous quarter, it was a decided improvement over the 13 deliveries recorded in the third quarter last year. In the first nine months, Embraer shipped 66 business jets, 20 more than it did in the same period last year.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) welcomed the entry into force of the Brazil-European Union (EU) aviation safety agreement. While it was enacted on August 27 following an exchange of diplomatic notes between Brazil and the European Union, the two parties held their first certification meeting under terms of the agreement just this past Thursday.
During a high-level regional forum hosted by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) late last week, the General Directorate of State Airports Authority of the Republic of Turkey (DHMI) proclaimed that “business aviation plays a crucial role in facilitating regional investment and subsequently has a direct economic impact on Turkey’s economy.” The DHMI also co-signed a declaration with EBAA that commits to working together on long-term actions that would help ensure the steady growth of business aviation in the country, including improved business aircraft access to infrastructure
On Friday, Rockwell Collins unveiled its new EVS-3000 enhanced vision system, which includes a multi-spectral EVS sensor that “significantly improves detection of outside terrain, hazards and obstacles in low-visibility conditions caused by weather phenomena such as fog.” The EVS-3000 also brings the industry-first ability to fully detect LED lighting, which is increasingly being used by airports as a runway lighting solution. It does not require a built-in cooling system, reducing weight.
The Pilatus PC-24 mockup will make its North American debut next week in Las Vegas at the NBAA Convention. Pilatus will exhibit the mockup of its new twinjet next to an actual PC-12NG turboprop single at its NBAA booth (No. C12216). After a private event, the PC-24 mockup will be open to the public beginning at noon next Tuesday. Pilatus will not begin taking PC-24 orders until EBACE next May, however. First flight of the new jet is scheduled for late next year, with EASA certification expected in 2017.
NBAA released its new Federal Excise Taxes Guide late last week, marking the first time the guidelines have been updated since 2005. It is intended to provide business aircraft owners, flight departments and charter operators with a basic understanding of the federal excise taxes (FET) that apply to business aircraft activity.
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