“Business jet deliveries rose 11 percent year-over-year in the first half of the year, prompting some commentary that a recovery is under way, but we view this conclusion as premature,” JPMorgan North American Research said in its latest monthly business jet outlook, released yesterday. “Tougher comparables and fewer Hawker deliveries post-bankruptcy should result in a second-half decline that holds deliveries flattish for the year.”
AINalerts » September 11, 2012
Business aircraft flying activity in the U.S. saw a “modest” gain last month, rising 2 percent from a year ago, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. It also marked a return to positive territory for Part 135 activity, a segment that has been badly bruised during the recession and sluggish recovery.
FlightSafety International began customer pilot training for the Gulfstream G650 yesterday at its Savannah Gulfstream Learning Center, just three days after the aircraft received FAA type certification. There are 16 pilots enrolled in the first class, which is expected to last 3.5 weeks and will be supported by two FAA-approved full-motion simulators, four graphical flight simulators (GFS) and 14 pilot instructors.
A $30 million federal tax credit package approved last week will help Kestrel Aircraft bolster its presence in Superior, Wis., as the company develops its new turboprop single.
Russian Helicopters has received an order for 18 Ka-226TG light twins from NefteGazAeroCosmos, a “research and production center” linked to Russian oil and gas giant Gazprom. Six helicopters are scheduled for delivery next year and the remaining dozen in 2014.
Rockwell Collins released an iPad app for its Airshow moving-map system. It allows existing Airshow 4000 or Venue HD cabin management system users to interactively “view the world around them and stay informed during their journey.” A panoramic view allows passengers to see a moving map of the outside world from any direction the iPad is pointed.
The Gulfstream G550 received type approval from the South African Civil Aviation Authority yesterday, allowing operators to register the ultra-long-range business jet in South Africa. “Gulfstream’s presence in Africa has grown dramatically, particularly in South Africa, which accounts for 24 percent of the entire Gulfstream fleet in Africa,” said Gulfstream senior vice president of sales and marketing Scott Neal.
Associated Air Center, StandardAero’s bizliner completions center at Dallas Love Field, signed an agreement for the maintenance and interior refurbishment of a Boeing Business Jet for a West African head-of-state operator today. The customer is a repeat Associated Air Center customer; the same aircraft was outfitted and delivered by the company to this customer in 2006. At that time, the aircraft represented Associated Air Center’s 14th BBJ completion since 1998, when it became a BBJ-authorized completion and service center.
Kurt Edwards was named as the new director general at the International Business Aviation Council late last week. IBAC is the international non-governmental organization that represents the interests of business aviation operators from around the world in international forums, primarily ICAO. According to IBAC, Edwards has “substantial experience in international aviation issues” at the FAA, where he led agency outreach efforts while based in Brussels, Paris and Montreal. He replaces Donald Spruston, who is retiring after leading the organization since 1999.
Norwood (Mass.) Memorial Airport has scheduled periodic runway closures over the next three weeks to accommodate construction projects. Runway 10/28 will remain closed completely until September 28. Meanwhile, Runway 17/35 will be closed from 0700 to 1700 (local time) on the following days: September 12, 14, 19, 20, 21 and 25. Both runways are 4,000 feet long. For more information, contact the airport manager at (781) 255-5616 or the FBO, FlightLevel Aviation, at (800) 370-8680.