Business

March 4, 2013 - 12:00pm

BellHelicopter Asia,Bell’s maintenance service facility in Singapore,has received Part 145 approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS). This certification allows the company to repair, perform completions, maintain and customizeBellhelicopters that are based in Asia.

March 4, 2013 - 11:20am

Freedom Aero Services (Booth No. C2029) is highlighting its range of equipment repair options and solutions at Heli-Expo ’13, even though those systems result in fewer maintenance opportunities down the road for the company.

“We’re up to 25 repair processes now,” Freedom’s Wayne Burk told AIN. “Sometimes we even put ourselves out of business in certain areas because we find better fixes for [our customers] so they don’t need to visit our shop as often. On the other hand, we have a satisfied customer that knows they won’t have problems.”

March 4, 2013 - 11:15am
The Arriel 2E

Turbomeca (Booth No. C3901) is ramping up production of its turboshaft engines this year. Simultaneously, the company’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) activity is growing, too. In new developments, Turbomeca is busy with helicopter engine upgrades to the Arriel family and the new TM800 that will power the Eurocopter X4 medium twin.

March 4, 2013 - 4:10am

The Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar) effort, Europe’s equivalent of NextGen in the U.S., is making progress as a research and development program “but it is not yet a successful modernization program,” according to the man directing its development phase.

March 4, 2013 - 3:40am
Skycharter offers clients a heated 80,000-sq-ft hangar which costs less– in terms of both time and money–than de-icing, for which the wait time during a typical winter event can be several hours.

When Irv Shoichet established Mississauga, Ontario-based Skycharter in 1968, the newly formed company offered FBO services, charter, pilot training, maintenance and aircraft sales.

March 4, 2013 - 12:55am

Malaysian Airlines has signed a deal with Canada’s Viking Air to take six new 19-seat Twin Otter Series 400s for use in scheduled service by its regional subsidiary MASwings. Viking plans to deliver all the airplanes by the end of next year.

March 3, 2013 - 2:15am
Embraer, which displayed a Lineage 1000 large-cabin jet alongside smaller Phenom and Legacy models, has high hopes for the Indian business aviation market and has expanded its customer support infrastructure in the country.

Though largely overshadowed by a heavy military presence, the business aviation sector made its voice heard at last month’s Aero India show in Bangalore (February 6 to 10). Serious obstacles continue to stand in the way of those trying to fulfill bizav’s undoubted potential in this vast emerging market (see box), but this has not deterred the major manufacturers from increasing their presence in India.

March 2, 2013 - 7:30am
President Obama has proposed eliminating a tax break for business jet buyers.

If I had to sum up the benefits of business jets in just one word, I might pick “convenience.” According to Wikipedia, “convenient procedures, products and services are those intended to increase ease in accessibility, save resources (such as time, effort and energy) and decrease frustration.”

March 2, 2013 - 3:10am

While the business aviation industry greets each morsel of positive economic news with cautious optimism, continuing financial indecision made 2012 another depressed year for turbine aircraft deliveries, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), which released its year-end delivery totals last month. Last year general aviation reached a milestone of sorts, according to GAMA chairman Brad Mottier. For the first time, he noted, shipments to North American buyers in all three airplane segments–jets, turboprops and pistons–dipped to 50 percent.

March 2, 2013 - 3:10am

 

While the business aviation industry greets each morsel of positive economic news with cautious optimism, continuing financial indecision made 2012 another depressed year for turbine aircraft deliveries, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), which released its year-end delivery totals last month.

 
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