A little over a decade ago, my wife and I had at least some small chance of becoming rich beyond belief. We were among the first investors in a technology startup that had the potential to be as revolutionary and widely adopted as the iPhone or iPad, and with even greater revenue. Unfortunately, the company’s digital-wallet concept was ahead of its time and the founders, despite diligent efforts, lacked the muscle to make it a reality.
Beechcraft said it recorded a 75-percent increase in second-quarter aircraft deliveries over the same period a year ago. The company delivered 56 commercial and military aircraft, compared with 32 in last year’s second quarter. This year’s second-quarter total includes 12 King Air 350i/ERs, seven King Air 250s and five King Air C90GTxs. In the first half of this year, Beechcraft delivered 115 airplanes versus 69 in the same period last year, for an increase of 66 percent.
The Flight Safety Foundation (FSF) is holding its Inaugural Benefit Dinner on August 7 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The fundraising event is “to reflect on the past 66 years of the Foundation’s work and its founder, Jerry Lederer,” according to the FSF.
Florida is the second-largest state for aviation and aerospace companies in the U.S., and at the 2013 Paris Air Show it is occupying the biggest space at the U.S. Pavilion in Hall 3. We caught up with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who’s leading the state’s delegation at the show, to find out more about the importance of these industries to Florida and what it plans to do this week at the Paris show.
Zodiac Aerospace (Hall 2a Stand A254) is here exhibiting its Isis cabin for single-aisle airliners, with new seats, sidewalls and luggage bins that accommodate a claimed 60 percent more bags. Although cabin equipment accounts for two thirds of its $4.4 billion revenues, the France-based company is also active in a number of aircraft systems. It has consistently taken over smaller businesses and may be considering a new, undisclosed target acquisition in the industry, CEO Olivier Zarrouati hinted early this month.
Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass., has been recognized for outstanding achievement in airport snow removal and ice control. The general aviation facility received the Northeast Chapter of the American Association of Airports’ Balchen/Post Award, which recognizes the dedicated efforts of snow crews in maintaining airports in a safe and operational status during the winter. Hanscom Field recorded more than 69 inches of snow during the 2012 to 2013 winter season, significantly more than the airport’s average of 47 inches, and crews responded to 17 storms during that time.
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the Air Care Alliance (ACA) are seeking nominations by June 30 for awards that recognize individuals “who fly for the benefit of others and their public-benefit flying organizations.” Nominations are currently being accepted for five categories: distinguished volunteer pilot; distinguished volunteer; outstanding achievement in advancement of public-benefit flying; public-benefit flying teamwork award; and champion of public-benefit flying. Nominees must be either U.S. citizens or U.S. organizations.
NBAA COO Steve Brown has been recognized by RTCA with the 2013 Chairman’s Award, which is the organization’s highest honor. He received the award on Wednesday at the RTCA 2013 Global Aviation Symposium in Washington, D.C. In announcing the award, RTCA president Margaret Jenny praised Brown’s diverse background in the aviation industry, as well as his “levelheaded approach” to working with personnel from across the industry on a variety of challenges.
At last week’s European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva, Robert Bosch Corporate Aviation and Tyrol Air Ambulance were honored with EBAA’s Platinum Safety of Flight award, recognizing more than 50 years or 100,000 hours of safe flying. Other successes included VistaJet’s gold award for 80,000 accident-free hours and FAI rent-a-jet’s bronze award for 40,000 accident-free flight hours.
The European Business Aviation Association has recognized four European companies for their safety achievements, presenting awards here at EBACE 2013. Both Robert Bosch Corporate Aviation and Tyrol Air Ambulance were honored with EBAA’s Platinum Safety of Flight award for completing more than 50 years or 100,000 hours of safe flying, while a gold award for 40 years or 80,000 hours without an accident was bestowed on VistaJet. FAI rent-a-jet received a bronze award for achieving 20 years or 40,000 hours of safe operation.