Light jets are losing market share in Europe, falling from 32 percent of the continent’s charter market in 2008 to 26 percent last year. However, according to Magnus Henriksson, business manager with online charter portal Avinode, there are exceptions to this trend. Most notable among these is Cessna’s Citation Mustang, which went from being European customers’ 10th most popular model in 2009 to the number-three position last year.
Aviation International News » April 2011
The family-owned FBO located at McAllen-Miller International Airport (MFE) is the latest to brand with Michigan-based contract fuel specialist AvFuel. “McCreery Aviation is constantly looking for new ways to provide the best service possible,” said owner and president Bob McCreery. The lone services provider at MFE offers a full slate of aircraft services, including maintenance, parts sales, avionics and charter.
The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing new rules to cap the number of air-tour flights over the Grand Canyon, further restrict flight corridors and altitudes adjacent to it, and mandate the use of “quiet-technology” helicopters flying tours there.
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The U.S. military expeditiously moved in helicopters to assist with Japan’s earthquake and tsunami relief efforts following the March 11 disaster. Over the weekend of March 12, the Pentagon quickly mobilized “Operation Tomodachi” (friendship in Japanese). The carrier USS Ronald Reagan was positioned off the island of Honshu to act as a floating fuel station for Japanese rescue helicopters, and its escort ships are assisting in SAR efforts.
At press time, the first of three monthly reports of the technical arguments between experts from LightSquared and the GPS community over GPS jamming was about to be issued.
In an effort to increase the awareness of Jacksonville, Florida’s aviation system, the city’s aviation authority has renamed three of its owned and operated airports as part of a rebranding campaign. Cecil Field (VQQ) became Cecil Airport, while Herlong Airport (HEG) was renamed Herlong Recreational Airport. The former Craig Airport (CRG) is now Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport.
Signature, which saw traffic at one of its most profitable U.S. locations dwindle after the imposition of TSA restrictions for general aviation flights into Washington D.C.’s Reagan National Airport (DCA), has been working steadily with the agency in an attempt to fill the 48 approved slots in and out of the airport.
Attractive pricing persists on many popular models despite a continued tightening of inventory to its lowest level since peaking less than two years ago.
The Asian Business Aviation show formed a key facet of March’s Asian Aerospace show in Hong Kong. It attracted some 5,300 visitors–including some of China’s fast-growing group of billionaires–who had 22 business aircraft to examine.