After years with no factory-owned service center in the Northeast U.S., Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) has finalized an agreement to open a facility at New Castle Airport, in Wilmington, Del. HBC (formerly Raytheon Aircraft) used to have a Northeast facility at Atlantic City, which opened in 1999 and was sold in mid-2006.
The ILA Berlin Air Show, scheduled for September 11-16 next year, will be located “directly next door to Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt, the capital’s future airport, only 30 minutes from central Berlin,” according to the event’s organizers, who say that planning is well under way.
Business Jet Center at Oakland International Airport has reported that last year was its best on record for fuel sales volume. The company noted a better than 28-percent increase in the number of gallons sold over 2009. The company also noted that this past January was the best month for fuel sales volume in the location’s six-year history, up nearly 20 percent over January 2010.
Dassault Falcon president and CEO John Rosanvallon sees Brazil as “one of the fastest-growing markets in the world,” and his company expects to deliver 13 new Falcons in Brazil over the next five years.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) is installing customer-support leadership and adding $3 million in critical parts in the Asia-Pacific region. Steve Porte, v-p of international support, has relocated to the company’s regional headquarters at Hong Kong International Airport, where he will focus on developing HBC’s support infrastructure in the region. Porte will also supervise the Asia-Pacific field service representatives.
The National Air Transportation Association’s (NATA) annual “Day on the Hill” attracted nearly 100 association members to the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., to visit members of Congress and their staff. The event, which was held in late April, allowed participants to have one-on-one conversations with their congressional representatives about issues critical to the future success of their aviation businesses.
Flying Colours, a specialist in aircraft completion and refurbishment, has delivered its first green completion of a Bombardier Challenger 850. The airplane is in Moscow, where it is being operated and managed by Chartright Air Group. Assisting Flying Colours in the engineering phase was Berletex Aero Design of Montreal.
London-based Design Q has taken its work creating private jet cabins to a new level. Ground level, that is. The latest is a stretched Range Rover that the company says “will allow VIPs to travel in exactly the same comfort on the ground as in the air.”
Idaho Falls-based Aero Mark has opened a new FBO and hangar facility called Aero Mark XL (for “extra large”). The new building is Aero Mark’s eighth at Idaho Falls and encompasses 30,000 sq ft, large enough to fit an MD-80, and includes 12,000 sq ft of office space. Aero Mark, a Chevron fuel dealer, is celebrating its 25th year in the FBO business.
Los Angeles-based private aircraft charter services company Air Royale International is offering a best-price guarantee on its air charter flights. Air Royale, a Wyvern-authorized charter broker, said it will pay $500 to customers if it can’t beat a lower-priced competing quote. While it vows to offer the lowest charter quote, the firm also promises “stringent air safety” by using only Wyvern-qualified crews and aircraft.