Eric Hinson has been named president of flight training provider SimCom. Most recently he served as executive v-p of FlightSafety International.
Business aviation played a key part in bringing political leaders to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in the Swiss resort of Davos last week. Jet Aviation’s Zurich FBO handled much of the traffic and saw a “slight increase” over the 2012 event, handling 747 movements and 1,531 passengers. Despite poor weather and fog that disrupted flights early in the week, Jet Aviation set handling records on the days preceding the WEF, managing 150 movements on January 22 and 126 the following day.
Revenues at General Dynamics’ aerospace division, which includes Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation, soared to $6.91 billion last year, up more than $900 million from 2011, thanks in large part to Gulfstream. Profits at the division climbed by $129 million to $858 million. During an investor conference call yesterday, General Dynamics chairman and CEO Phebe Novakovic forecast that the division will see 16-percent sales growth this year.
The UK’s Cambridge Airport and its FBO partner ExecuJet Aviation are celebrating the first anniversary of their cooperation by offering a free landing for all operators who buy between 5,000 and 10,000 liters (1,320 gallons to 2,641 gallons) of fuel.
Jet Aviation has opened an FBO in Berlin to provide handling at the city’s Schönefeld and Tegel International Airports. The new facility at Schönefeld includes an operations office, a crew lounge and a VIP passenger lounge. “As a major international hub and a common point of entry to central Europe, Berlin is a key location for our customers,” said Frank Kusserow, Jet Aviation’s director of FBO services in Germany. “Many of our customers regularly fly between Berlin, Dusseldorf and our other worldwide FBOs, and they can now benefit from having the same handling provider.”
The personal accident rate for employees at Jet Aviation’s St. Louis, Mo. FBO dropped significantly last year versus the numbers posted in 2011. “It’s half the number we experienced in 2011,” a company spokeswoman told AIN. “We’ve also gone 104 days in a row without an injury of any kind, an all-time record.”
Jet Aviation Geneva received EASA Part 145 approval for line and base maintenance on the Gulfstream G650 in December. The Geneva facility, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gulfstream parent General Dynamics, is now authorized for all Gulfstream models through the G650. The facility also holds authorizations to maintain Globals, BBJs, Hawkers, Falcon 50/900/2000s and the Citation 550/560XL/XLS. In addition to EASA and FAA Part 145, Jet Aviation Geneva also holds approvals for Aruba, Bermuda, Brazil, Cayman, Qatar, South Africa and the UAE.
The Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show made a strong debut in its new home at the Dubai World Central site, with organizers reporting attendance 20 percent up on the 2010 event at 7,549 trade visitors from 84 countries. The 2012 show drew 385 exhibitors from 45 countries, a 14-percent boost on the previous event.
Jet Support Services (JSSI) has named co-president Neil Book as president and CEO. He suceeds Louis Seno, who will serve as chairman emeritus and special advisor to the board of directors.
Samuel Hill, previously president of Embraer Aircraft in Fort Lauderdale and most recently retired from his position of senior v-p of sales and marketing at Honda Aircraft, has been appointed CEO of Quest Aircraft.
Cessna Aircraft has acquired Jet Aviation’s maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities in Zurich, Switzerland, and Düsseldorf, Germany. The OEM had recently renewed their designations as authorized service facilities. Both facilities went into operation as Cessna Citation Service Centers on January 1. Under the terms of the agreement, Jet Aviation will continue operating the FBO facilities at both locations.