A year after industry groups such as the Aerospace Industries Association started warning about the threatened U.S. government budget reductions known as “sequestration,” the White House has offered specifics about what the impact would be for the Department of Defense (DoD) and other federal agencies.
Business aircraft flying activity in the U.S. hit a slump last month, falling 2.9 percent from a year ago, according to TraqPak data released late Tuesday by aviation services company Argus. Activity was down across the board in both the operator and aircraft categories.
A business delegation from Wichita, headed by Mayor Carl Brewer, plans an extensive trip to the People’s Republic of China, and the possible sale of Hawker Beechcraft to Superior Aviation Beijing is likely to be a subject of discussions there. While examining business relationships and renewal of the sister-city relationship with Kaifeng, Brewer said he expects to meet with Superior Aviation chairman Cheng Shenzong on Sunday.
Embraer delivered 40 aircraft in the third quarter, including 27 airliners and 13 business jets (11 light and two large jets), the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. The company has shipped 129 aircraft in the first nine months–83 E-jet airliners and 46 business jets (40 light and six large jets)–which equates to 10 more airliners, but three fewer business jets, than it delivered in the same period last year.
Bombardier Aerospace has added stops at major cities in Mexico between October 17 and 20 for its Global 6000 world demonstration tour. One of the stops will be at Mexico City/Toluca Licenciado Adolfo López Mateos International Airport, according to a Bombardier spokeswoman. “Customer feedback for our Global 6000 in Latin America is superb,” said Bombardier Business Aircraft regional vice president for Latin American sales Fabio Rebello. Thus far, the Global 6000 demonstrator has logged more than 400 hours since entering service in March.
Alaska Airlines has placed a firm order for 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, 17 MAX 9s and thirteen 737-900ERs, the Seattle-based airline and Boeing announced today. Worth $5 billion at list prices, the contract covers the largest order in Alaska Airlines’ history and raises the carrier’s firm order count for 737s to 75.
Fractional provider Avantair of Clearwater, Fla., has installed LED lighting in its maintenance hangar. “We currently have metal halide lights throughout our hangar,” said Kevin McKamey, executive vice president. “They are costly to run and don’t react quickly when there’s a power outage. The new LED lights provide 120 percent more lighting, are 50 percent more efficient to run and react more quickly to power interruptions,” he explained.
Gama Group has entered into an exclusive agreement with Professional Aviation Associates to hold consignment stock for Europe-based Hawker Beechcraft aircraft. The agreement significantly expands the range of stock Gama Support Services (GSS) holds for Hawker Beechcraft aircraft.
Joe Hertzler, CEO of the Teton Aviation Group, formerly Avtrak, announced his retirement. Hertzler, along with his brother Glenn, co-founded Avtrak in 1996 and built the company to become one of the industry’s premier maintenance tracking providers. The brothers were instrumental in bringing maintenance-tracking software to a new level of sophistication and flexibility.
Gore Design Completions recently received its first FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) for the interior of a BBJ3. Gore Design Completions’ organization designation authorization (ODA) allows the San Antonio facility to issue STCs in-house. “This is a major milestone for GDC; are we delivering not only the first BBJ3 but also our first ODA-certified aircraft,” said Kathy Gore-Walters, the company’s president. The company designs, engineers, builds, installs and certifies custom interiors for private, corporate and head-of-state aircraft.