Demand for charter flights has climbed steeply, seemingly in anticipation of the year-end holiday season, according to the latest data from online charter portal Avinode. As of December 1, the company’s forward-looking demand index for the following 30 days stood at 241.78, almost 95 points above where it had been on November 1. This was also almost 42 points higher year-over-year.
Bombardier Aerospace received a major boost for its sagging CRJ regional jet program on Thursday, when Delta Air Lines placed a firm order for 40 dual-class CRJ900s and reserved options on another 30.
FBO chain Sheltair began operations at St. Petersburg’s Albert Whitted Airport last month, notching the 15th location in its network and its eighth in Florida. Sheltair won the airport’s request for proposals process and took over the facility from St. Petersburg Flying Services. The airport, located near the city’s downtown, has a 3,677-foot main runway and sees approximately 87,000 operations a year.
Imagik International, better known for its line of monitors for the airline market, made an appearance at the NBAA Convention last month to establish a greater presence in the business and private aviation industry.
The Miami-based company was promoting a new line of HD-120 LED monitors, ranging in size from a 10-inch in-arm screen to a 55-inch model appropriate for bulkhead for credenza. The larger 55-inch monitor weights 49.60 pounds and is just 1.25 inches deep.
Boeing Business Jet operators now have another option for CFM56-7B engine maintenance, repair and overhaul. Associated Air Center (AAC), StandardAero’s large transport-category completions center in Dallas, now offers CFM56-7B service through StandardAero’s engine overhaul facility in Winnipeg, Canada.
AAR Composites has a new line of Fiberglas-skinned flat panels for business jet cabinetry that it says feature twice the skin peel strength without adding weight.
According to the company, the new flat panels for interior cabinets and credenzas use a phenolic resin formulation that has shown a 10-percent increase in bending properties.
Also, the surface finish is ready for paint, which reduces labor for the cabinet maker, said Tim Dumbauld, v-p and general manager at the Illinois company’s Clearwater, Fla. composites fabrication facility.
L-3 Integrated Systems has welcomed the first of two Boeing 747-8s to its Waco, Texas facilities for installation of an executive interior for an unidentified head of state.
The work will include detailed exterior paint in the customer’s livery as well as interior modifications to accommodate the interior plan. According to executive v-p Nick Farah, the L-3 design and engineering team began work on the initial 747-8 program in 2011 and delivery is expected in the summer of 2014.
Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland has received $74 million from the UK Government Regional Growth Fund to help develop the AW609 civil tiltrotor and future tiltrotor designs. AW said it will work with the National Composites Centre, the University of Liverpool and key UK suppliers on the program. The tiltrotor is slated for certification in 2016. AgustaWestland said it would contribute more than $87 million to the program.
Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) has earned IS-BAO (International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations) Stage 1 certification, indicating that the company’s safety management system has been documented, approved and resourced. It is implemented at the time of the audit. AAG provides helicopter and fixed-wing charter flights, fractional ownership programs and helicopter maintenance services from Teterboro, New York and Philadelphia. The Sikorsky subsidiary lays claim to operating the Northeast’s largest fleet of S-76C medium twins.
“A strong recovery of the pre-owned business jet market full-sale transactions is under way in 2012 and should result in a new record peak activity, surpassing that last seen in 2007,” business aviation market information firm JetNet said yesterday in its latest market update. The compounded annual growth rate for sales transactions of used business jets has averaged 12.2 percent, it noted.