First-quarter 2011 business jet and turboprop sales and retail transactions were positive, according to data providers Amstat and JetNet. “There are a lot of promising trends here,” wrote Amstat executive v-p Tom Benson in the company’s latest market update report. About 14.2 percent of the worldwide business aviation jet fleet is for sale, down from 14.7 percent three months ago.
In a three-way deal that first came to light as a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last year, Sikorsky announced on Friday that it completed an agreement for India’s Tata Advanced Systems Ltd. (TASL) to build the cabins of its S-92 Helibus in India. The cabins will be manufactured at a new TASL facility in Hyderabad in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Deliveries will begin next year.
The news that General Motors and Ford are shutting their flight departments has rattled the business aviation community.
The highest overall rating for jets again goes to Gulfstream. Mitsubishi takes the top spot among turboprops and Bell leads in the helicopter category.
Attendees at Falcon Jet’s annual NBAA Convention breakfast yesterday probably noticed, some with disdain, that one of the people at the head table stood out from the rest of the room by his attire: an open short-sleeved shirt and blue jeans–quite a contrast to those in the rest of the room wearing jackets and ties.
Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway personal transporter and a jet pilot himself, might have had the airshow venue in mind. With acres of ground to cover, the gyrostabilized Segway provides quiet, reliable wheels to get around. And its electric motor is carbon-emission friendly.