As part of AIN Publication’s annual survey of users of business aviation, we asked qualified subscribers of Aviation International News, our monthly print publication, to identify "specific individuals for going above and beyond when it comes to product/customer support" of aircraft, engines and avionics, and to explain why they deserve special recognition.
Geography of France
An Environmental Good Conduct Code is now in place at popular Cannes Mandelieu Airport and signed by multiple stakeholders, including the French DGAC, numerous civil aircraft operators, air traffic controllers, airport tenants and various local environmental groups.
The code is voluntary, addresses primarily noise-control issues and calls for the signers to “respect the quality of the environment at and around l’Aéroport Cannes Mandelieu.”
Cassidian, the global security solutions and systems giant and subsidiary of EADS, is focusing on its unmanned air systems capability, as well as highlighting its security and communications activities in the Gulf region.
Nearly 1,200 AIN readers responded to this year’s AIN Product Support Survey, again choosing Gulfstream Aerospace’s large-cabin jets as tops in aftermarket service for newer and older aircraft combined, with an 8.01 overall average. Cessna took second place with a rating of 7.87, the same position it held last year, followed by Gulfstream mid-cabin jets at 7.86.
Later this morning I’ll hop on a train for my biennial pilgrimage to the Paris Air Show. Thanks to the tunnel beneath the Channel connecting the UK to the mainland of Europe, and the speedy Eurostar train, it is not a long or arduous journey–not least because it no longer involves having to endure one of London’s accursed airports.
The French branch of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) expanded its board of directors from eight to 11 members, consisting of seven representatives of aircraft operators and four drawn from the group’s associate members.
The highest overall rating for jets again goes to Gulfstream. Mitsubishi takes the top spot among turboprops and Bell leads in the helicopter category.
As anyone who cares anything about aviation no doubt already knows, this year will witness the 100th anniversary of the first flight of a manned and powered, heavier-than-air aircraft, on Dec. 17, 1903, by the Brothers Wright. It should be a happy occasion. But ironically, 2003 dawns with the threat of being one of the most tumultuous years in the history of aviation.
For the fifth year in a row, Gulfstream received highest honors in the AIN Product Support Survey. The Savannah-based manufacturer took the top spot among newer business jets, achieving the highest response ratings in six of nine categories rated, while its support of older models swept the older business jet group with the highest ratings in all nine categories.
Jennifer Harrington has joined AIN as a staff editor. Jennifer is a private pilot, and she put in five years as a newspaper reporter before serving as an aviation weather forecaster for the U.S. Navy.
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