Embraer today named industry veteran Robert Knebel its vice president of executive aircraft sales for the U.S., Canada and Caribbean. Knebel will lead the field-based team of regional sales managers throughout North America, in addition to heading operational areas at Embraer’s new Executive Jets Customer Center in Melbourne, Fla. Knebel will move with his team to the new facility in Melbourne.
AINalerts » September 27, 2011
Jetcraft, which provides sales, acquisitions, trading and brokerage services of business aircraft, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The company got its start in 1961 when Charles “Bucky” Oliver acquired an FBO, Raleigh-Durham Aviation.
A Quest Aircraft Kodiak today completed a three-week demonstration tour in Brazil, the Caribbean and other Latin American countries. On its 13,000-nm trek, the executive-configured turboprop single was seen by a variety of potential customers, including government, para-military, fire and rescue operations, charter and personal-use operators.
Gulfstream yesterday announced its appointment of Scott Neal as vice president of sales and marketing. He succeeds Larry Flynn, who became president of the Savannah, Ga. manufacturer on September 1.
AOPA member Kevin Mossey of Marion, Iowa, started an online petition on September 23 to get the Obama Administration to take aviation user fees off the table.
Cessna announced a new twinjet derivative yesterday to serve as a step-up for Mustang owners or as a higher entry-level Citation between the Mustang and CJ2+. Called the M2, the new entrant revives the CJ1+ airframe but with a Garmin G3000 avionics suite, 1,965-pound-thrust Fadec Williams FJ44-1AP-21 engines, subtle winglets and, compared with its predecessor, higher-quality interior furnishings and greater speed.
“For the first time this year, some long-anticipated good news came for pre-owned business jet retail sale transactions,” JetNet said yesterday. “In the first eight months of 2011, the year-to-date average asking price increased 3.5 percent while the industry maintained double-digit growth at 11.4 percent.” While turboprop asking prices declined by 1.5 percent over the same period, transactions still climbed by 11.7 percent.
Satellite communications provider Iridium is in discussions with other aerospace companies and air navigation service providers to equip its next generation of 66 low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellites with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) payloads, making possible global surveillance of aircraft to include oceanic and polar regions.
Cirrus Aircraft reached a milestone late last week when newly appointed CEO Dale Klapmeier delivered the 5,000th SR-series airplane, an event staged at AOPA Aviation Summit in Hartford, Conn. Cirrus has also just completed a new business plan for its SF-50 Vision Jet program at the request of China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (Caiga), which acquired the Minnesota-based airframer in late June.