Feedback from exhibitors at this year’s Helicopter Association International Heli-Expo show–the 63rd annual event–was notably positive, a clear indication that the record attendee and exhibitor numbers signal a strong performance by the rotorcraft industry during the past year. Heli-Expo 2011 attendance reached more than 20,000, according to HAI, and exhibitors totaled 625, up from 15,243 attendees and 596 exhibitors last year.
Aviation International News » April 2011
With the latest FAA reauthorization extension set to expire March 31, the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee passed a bill on March 16 that would extend aviation programs and excise taxes through May 31. That two-month extension would give lawmakers time to complete action on a multi-year FAA reauthorization bill.
On March 23 at the Aircraft Electronics Association show, Universal Avionics announced it has started taking orders for its next-generation datalink communications system, the UniLink UL-800 and UL-801 communications management unit (CMU). The UL-800 and -801 enable high-speed datalink communications between pilots and ATC, according to Universal, and feature future air navigation system (Fans 1/A) and VHF datalink mode 2 capabilities.
Industry analysts have been declaring China the “next big market” every year since the discussion came around to business aviation in China. Now, as an economic recovery appears to have begun, it seems China is finally fulfilling its promise, and based on activity at Heli-Expo 2011 in March, the helicopter industry is poised to take advantage of demand.
China had a substantial presence at Heli-Expo 2011 in the form of French event organizer BCI Aerospace, which is the lead in putting together the China Helicopter Exposition, to be held September 15 to 18 in Tianjin.
The UK government is contemplating taxing business-jet passengers in a process that would mirror the countryÕs existing airline passenger duty (APD). A decision on the proposed per-passenger tax will be made in June, and if approved could be implemented as soon as this fall.
The bankruptcy trustee for debtors associated with JetDirect Aviation filed a complaint on February 20 that could force FBOs, charter operators, maintenance providers and other vendors to refund thousands of dollars for services that they provided and for which they received payment. In early 2009, when Sunset Aviation, Inc.
Nominations have opened for the European Business Aviation Award, which is presented each year during the Ebace show. The award honors individuals and/or companies who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of business aviation in Europe, and is presented each year to one or more individuals and/or companies.
The Ebace Award Committee will review and select recipients based on nominations, which must include:
As usual, the Ebace conference agenda will be packed with topical deliberations on key issues facing Europe’s business aviation community. The theme for the 2011 Opening General Session is “Linking Communities and Economies,” but, as of press time, the roster of speakers had yet to be confirmed.
Last month, for the second time in a little over two years, an island nation was beset by a cataclysmic natural disaster that took thousands of lives. Unlike the 7.0 earthquake that destroyed Haiti’s capital Port au Prince and killed more than 300,000 people in January 2010, the disaster in Japan last month is still unfolding weeks later in ways that could affect the region for years to come.