Raytheon Aircraft Services named Harold “Skip” Madsen as v-p and general manager, and Chuck Curry as general manager of Raytheon Aircraft Services in San Antonio. Madsen, formerly president and CEO of Executive Aircraft, is responsible for the company’s 12 FBOs.
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The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released its third-quarter shipment and billings report, showing good news for business aviation OEMs that already have record backlogs. As the industry adapts to a market where for the first time, more aircraft orders come from outside the U.S.
When terrorists plunged their hijacked airliners into the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon last month, it had an immediate effect on business aircraft owners and operators, and will likely have a profound influence for years to come.
Bob Checchio, president of the MidAtlantic Aviation Coalition (MAAC)–sponsor of the New Jersey Aviation Conference held last month in cooperation with the New Jersey Aviation Association and the New Jersey Division of Aeronautics–outlined the many problems airports face, which makes the progress that has been made in preserving airports all the more noteworthy.
When Steven Santo announced the creation of a fractional ownership program with an aircraft fleet consisting solely of Italian-built Avanti turboprop twins, some reacted to the news with skepticism. The economy was entering a recession, they said, and the airplane itself had never sold well.
Now the skeptics are silent, and Santo typically shows up for work with the smile of a man well satisfied with his lot in life.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has studied the predicted impact of very light jets and found that FAA and industry experts have few concerns. “Most experts GAO contacted believe that very light jets will likely have little impact on safety due to the FAA’s certification procedures for aircraft, pilots and maintenance,” the agency noted.
As part of its strategy to increase its FBO holdings, fractional-share operator Avantair has set its sights on buying or building a second FBO, this one at Essex County Airport in Caldwell, N.J. Avantair opened a new FBO at Camarillo Airport in southern California in August and provides FBO services at its company headquarters at St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport in Florida.
The Kansas City Aviation Department (Booth No. 6925) plans to break ground this fall on a 20-acre development at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. According to airport authorities, the move is necessary “to keep pace with demand for services from business and leisure operators seeking easy access to Kansas City’s growing downtown residential and business district.”
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) studied the market for very light jets and found that FAA and industry experts are not too worried about forecasted growing ranks of small jets.
The Teal Group put it best in this year’s forecast when, echoing all other major predictors, it asked rhetorically, “Is it wrong to use these unusually good times as a forecasting base year?” Though issuing 10-year (and longer) forecasts might be akin to looking into a crystal ball, six major players have issued surprisingly similar numbers.