Ontic continues to expand its product line, which now includes the manufacture and MRO support of generation two and three electronics and avionics. A company spokesman told AIN it has traditionally provided fuel computers, fuel measurement systems, weather and terrain avoidance radar, wireless smoke detection systems and electronic engine controls.
This week’s EBACE show will be the second that Fabio Gamba has presided over since becoming chief executive of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) in September 2012. He joined the bizav community after serving as deputy general secretary of the Association of European Airlines. The EBAA board specifically wanted to tap the political skills of the powerful airline lobby in a bid to avoid business aviation’s interests being overlooked by European authorities.
BBA Aviation’s Ontic division is rapidly developing a new source of growth, the support of legacy electronics products. Ontic is an aerospace manufacturer that focuses on making parts and components that other original equipment manufacturer (OEMs) don’t want to make or can’t make efficiently anymore. The U.S. company also operates repair stations to support the products that it makes.
Ontic has expanded the electronics manufacturing area at its Chatsworth, Calif. facility. The expansion adds more than 5,000 sq ft of floor space dedicated to mature avionics and electronics manufacturing and support. “This expansion allows us to further support mature avionics and electronics on established platforms.
Ontic, a provider of OEM legacy products and systems, will now offer MRO support for the King Air through its Houston facility. The move is part of parent company BBA Aviation’s intent to further expand Ontic’s presence in the business aircraft market.
The business aviation market in the Middle East is now at a crucial stage in its development and is poised to reach an annual value of $1 billion by 2018, according to Ali Al Naqbi, founding chairman of the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA).
When Peg Billson first was approached about the opportunity to take over leadership of BBA Aviation’s Legacy Support division and its Ontic subsidiary, it took her just a few minutes to understand the unique nature of the company’s business model.
If the recession has been hard on the operators of business aircraft, it has been equally brutal on the hundreds of caterers whose livelihood depends on business aviation.
One caterer took out a mortgage on his home to keep the business afloat, and others have dipped deeply into savings accounts to keep the doors open; all are anticipating better times ahead.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has been representing the industry for more than 30 years, since its foundation in 1977. Arguably, 2009 could prove to be the most challenging year ever for Europe’s business aviation community as it deals with pressures resulting from a severe economic downturn and a new wave of regulatory challenges.
You said recently that the NTSB could become more proactive if it investigated incidents, as well as accidents. Please explain.
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