The business aviation engine maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO) market presently serves approximately 26,000 turbine-powered aircraft. The sector worldwide now is worth about $1.8 billion per year.
In an interim report issued in late March, the Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry urged President Bush and Congress to form a “high level” working group to deal with the long-term ATC needs of the country. At the same time, the group also wants funding to be maintained in fiscal years 2003 and 2004 for FAA and NASA projects to improve the ATC system.
Most aviators feel pretty secure when ensconced in that expensive, fleece-covered, form-fitted cockpit seat, their bodies held firmly in place by a five-point harness. However, research has shown just how vulnerable the human body is to the severe trauma found in many aircraft crashes. And that susceptibility is leading toward some remarkable new restraint technology for helicopter pilots and, perhaps later, airplane pilots.
The Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry vowed to keep the nine recommendations released in its November 18 final report from languishing somewhere within the vast federal bureaucracy. “We believe that people in the next century should see aerospace as something where anyone or anything can go anywhere, at any time,” said commission chairman Robert Walker.
A fixture at Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport (VNY) for decades, Clay Lacy Aviation now has a second location. Together with Joe Clark, CEO of Seattle-based winglet pioneer Aviation Partners (though that company is not involved in the deal), Lacy has acquired the former Flight Center at Seattle Boeing Field (BFI) and renamed it the Clay Lacy Flight Center. Terms were not disclosed.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association has opened its membership to include non-U.S. manufacturers, a major shift for the association and its future influence in the worldwide business aviation community. The move was not unexpected. For the last 10 years GAMA has been getting more and more involved in international business aviation issues. Also, the mergers in the 1990s of non-U.S. manufacturers with U.S.
Eclipse Aviation announced that it will partner with underwriter Global Aerospace Underwriters to provide hull and liability insurance to owners of owner-flown Eclipse 500s.
The change in ownership of the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo barely rated a blink as the 2008 event went off seamlessly from March 31 through April 2 in Hamburg, Germany.
Ownership of the show changed last year when long-time owner/organizer UKIP Media & Events sold the expo to Reed Exhibitions.
According to several newspaper reports, European aerospace consortium EADS is close to selling its Tarbes, France-based Socata division to Daher, an aerospace, defense, nuclear and automotive group headquartered in Wissous, France. An industry source close to the deal told AIN that Daher has completed the due diligence process, with the sale apparently hinging on Airbus awarding a contract for A350 work to Socata.
As the Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry reached the halfway point in its study leading up to a final report to President Bush and Congress in November, the group called on the nation’s chief executive to create an interagency task force to address industry workforce and training needs.