Jet Professionals, a flight-department staffing specialist, is on hand at NBAA announcing a new human resources offering it believes could revolutionize business for smaller aviation companies. The Jet Aviation subsidiary (Booth No. 3594) has unveiled its Jet-Pro PEO, which it describes as the only professional employer organization exclusive to business aviation. The Jet-Pro PEO provides personnel administration and payroll services in addition to tax compliance and filing duties for small and midsize companies.
Creating software for aviation applications that complies with the FAA’s DO-178 standard can be challenging, requiring completion of a series of precise development and verification tasks during the process. Here at NBAA’12, software product development company Foliage (Booth No. 790) of Burlington, Mass. is highlighting how it can help companies meet these challenges.
The NBAA/Corporate Angel Network (CAN) auction is heating up, with some tantalizing items on which to bid. The auction, held tonight at the NBAA/CAN Evening with Angels at the Peabody Hotel here in Orlando, benefits CAN’s airlift of cancer patients nationwide.
The Sikorsky Innovations Entrepreneurial Challenge, now in its second year, saw a significant increase in entries over last year, a sign that the competition is gaining interest among its target audience: entrepreneurial companies looking “to understand some of the toughest issues facing the vertical flight community and to identify their technology as relevant to one or more of these issues.” The Challenge is open to any small company with revenue under $5 million, including newly formed and pre-revenue entities.
International travel medical services provider MedAire is here at NBAA to demonstrate the new functionality of its recently relaunched website. The direct link provides helpful information and relevant resources such as a health map highlighting medical risks to the traveling public.
Improving communications between flight departments and service providers is the goal of FlightBridge, a newly launched company making its NBAA debut. The company’s web-based technology platform was developed to eliminate the many phone, email and fax-based communications that result from changes in travel plans. According to the company (Booth No. 3508), the process of setting up, canceling and modifying arrangements with service providers is much more direct using its product.
Harrods Aviation (Booth No. 4263) is here at the NBAA convention promoting its helicopter transfer service from London-area airports such as Biggin Hill, Farnborough, Luton and Stansted to the London Heliport at Battersea in the west of the city. The company believes the operation, which provides easy access to London’s West End, is virtually unknown among U.S. corporate travelers. When flying into Stansted or Luton airports, visitors can take advantage of the amenities at the Harrods FBOs.
Aviation system manufacturer Liebherr-Aerospace (Booth No. 1316) of Toulouse, France is exhibiting its landing gear, actuation, flight control and additional systems for business jets and helicopters at NBAA’12. Liebherr provides support for its equipment with component repair, technical expertise and spares distribution services. Its customer service organization is represented in the U.S. by Liebherr Aerospace Saline, with offices in Saline, Mich., Seattle and Wichita.
In regards to revenue and growth in the business aviation industry, “Flat is the new up,” Honeywell Business and General Aviation president Rob Wilson said during a roundtable discussion here on Sunday evening. He explained that, while Honeywell expects annual business jet deliveries to rise from about 700 this year to more than 1,000 in 2022, much of this growth won’t materialize until after 2015, meaning market growth in 2013 and 2014 is likely to be “flattish.”
Gulfstream Aerospace (Booth No. 180) is adding more jobs. Shortly before NBAA’12, the company announced a 20-percent employment boost at its 55,000-sq-ft completions facility in Brunswick, Ga. with the addition of 35 positions. The completion center worked on more than 100 aircraft last year. On the west coast, the company has hired Sherman Collins as a field service representative in the San Francisco Bay area.