Dassault Falcon anticipates a substantial increase in aircraft deliveries this year, but production will be cut and, according to CEO John Rosanvallon, there will be “adjustments” in the coming months in terms of cost-cutting measures.
Aviation International News » April 2009
A Brazilian labor court ruled late last month that Embraer would not have to reinstate some 4,300 employees it laid off in February after it found that the company did not violate any of the country’s labor laws. However, the court ruled that Embraer would have to pay the employees’ salaries up to March 13, rather than February 19–the day the company instituted the dismissals.
NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen commended Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) for outlining the value of business aviation in remarks he made on the Senate floor. “Some federal officials have recently been making the use of business aviation a matter of derision,” the senator told his colleagues.
New York City-based charter broker Revolution Air is seeing an increase in corporate charter flights as companies shed their aircraft assets. However, Revolution Air said, these companies still have a need for business aircraft lift, due to efficiency and security measures that are not “feasible on a commercial airline,” so they’re turning to charter aircraft to fulfill this requirement.
Revenues at Berkshire Hathaway’s services group–which includes fractional provider NetJets and flight-training provider FlightSafety International–were $8.435 billion last year, an increase of $643 million over 2007. While FlightSafety helped contribute to increased earnings in the division, lower earnings at NetJets offset those increases.
Lyon Bron Airport, the business aviation field in France’s second largest city, is still betting on mid-term growth and is preparing to break ground on three major construction projects this year, including a restaurant, a 10,000-sq-ft hangar and a new facility for EMS helicopters. All building projects are funded by third-party investors, which apparently are sticking to their plans despite the severe global downturn.
Gulfstream Aerospace last month announced that its large-cabin G650 achieved first flight of a simulated version of the jet on December 15 at the G650 Integration Test Facility (ITF) in Savannah, Ga. The ITF includes a full-scale G650 cockpit equipped with avionics, some production hardware and sensors as well as a full-scale cabin mockup with galley.
Investment mogul Warren Buffett, who in 1989 named his Bombardier Challenger 600 “The Indefensible” but later renamed the jet “The Indispensable” still believes that aircraft are valuable business tools even in light of the current economy.
The vice president of Bend, Ore.-based Precise Flight last month expressed disappointment with Peggy Gilligan, the FAA’s Associate Administrator for Aviation Safety, for failing to acknowledge the effectiveness of “on-aircraft” devices in deterring birdstrikes.
The TSA has established a stakeholder liaison position dedicated to addressing concerns about recent security measures, including the Large Aircraft Security Program proposal, a security directive that would require additional screenings for general aviation pilots at commercial airports and “Operation Playbook.” Juan Barnes (e-mail: TSAGeneralAviation@dhs.gov) has been tapped to fill the new ro