Sales professionals from more than 30 countries who attended the first International Eclipse Dealer and Sales Conference on May 31 may have noticed a not-so-subtle change to the buildings that house Eclipse Aerospace at the Albuquerque, N.M. International Sunport. Before the meeting, Eclipse CEO Mason Holland arranged for bucket loads of blue paint to be delivered to the company’s facilities, and painters quickly erased the bright orange that had been the hallmark of the old Eclipse Aviation and dabbed on the blue that is the color of Eclipse Aerospace.
Last October, for the first time in its 64-year existence, the FBO at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport came under private control as Sheltair took over management from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). The Florida-based chain operates 13 other FBOs, including six in New York State alone. It was awarded the JFK location after the PANYNJ issued a request for proposals that attracted more than a half-dozen contenders, according to the agency.
NBAA’s No Plane-No Gain information campaign was created several years ago to combat the image of business aircraft portrayed in mainstream media as the private conveyances for top-level company executives heading to a teetime.
Boeing and Embraer announced an extension of their April collaboration agreement on commercial aviation to the KC-390 airlifter program. The pair said they would “share some specific technical knowledge and evaluate markets where they may join their sales efforts for medium-lift military transport opportunities.” Boeing may help sell the KC-390 to “potential customers that had not been considered [as] initial market prospects,” they added.
Contracts with suppliers would have to be modified with untold cost consequences, if automatic U.S. government budget reductions through sequestration become a reality in January, according to Lockheed Martin chairman and CEO Bob Stevens. That could affect anywhere up to 40,000 suppliers in the case of Lockheed Martin, a $46 billion civil, government and defense contractor.
In a hearing yesterday that lasted barely 10 minutes in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Hawker Beechcraft made an obligatory filing in compliance with Chapter 11 reporting requirements. As part of the report, HBC noted a $90 million loss for the month of May that included $33 million in operating losses.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has upped the ante in the dispute over an airport-sponsored FBO at Chattanooga’s Lovell Field Airport. In a letter sent to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, NATA president and CEO James Coyne expresses continuing concerns over the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority’s (CMAA) alleged use of more than $10 million in government grants to establish its own FBO to compete with the existing Tac Air facility, to which the CMAA also serves as the landlord.
Shannon Airport is on track to create an aviation center of excellence–to include a broadened business aviation role–at the Irish field, speakers said yesterday at the second annual Irish Business Aviation Convention. The two-day event concludes today.
An agreement signed this month between China and Embraer to build business jets at the Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry facilities is limited to the Brazilian OEM’s Legacy 650.
Czech FBO ABS Jets reported 28-percent year-over-year growth in executive aircraft handling operations at Prague Ruzyne Airport during the first quarter. According to ground operations director Jan Kralik, the marked increase in business is vindication of the private company’s substantial investment in a new hangar and handling equipment last year.