Next year’s football World Cup in South Africa will undoubtedly draw massive crowds of supporters from around the globe, along with a large influx of business aircraft. Peter Bouwer, former manager of Signature Flight Support in Cape Town, now based at London Luton Airport, is confident that his company will be able to cope with the traffic in Cape Town, where a total of eight games will take place.
After months of attempting to stave off layoffs by reducing employee hours and implementing wage cuts, Duncan Aviation has been forced to lay off employees for the first time in the company’s 53-year history. The reduction affects 304 positions– 170 at the Lincoln, Neb. facility; 122 at Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, Mich.; and 12 in the company’s network of smaller satellite avionics and engine locations throughout the U.S.
Cessna has delivered the first of two Citation Mustangs to Lebanese charter company Open Sky Aviation. Open Sky Aviation will operate from Beirut’s Rafic Hariri International Airport and will serve destinations including Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Actor/pilot Harrison Ford accepted the position of honorary chairman of Cessna’s 2010 Special Olympics Airlift at NBAA’08. “It is an opportunity for the athletes, an opportunity for Cessna to demonstrate its community-minded approach, and an opportunity for all of us in aviation to do something positive and high-profile to promote aviation at a time when aviation faces some difficulties,” Ford said.
The volume of general aviation arrivals for the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Denver was less than predicted, according to Denver-area FBOs serving the turbine-powered fleet. As a result, the Special Traffic Management Plan (STMP) that Denver Tracon prepared for the event had not gone into effect by the start of the convention.
Cessna Aircraft yesterday launched the massive volunteer effort for the airlift of athletes to the Special Olympics, introducing actor, pilot and Citation owner Harrison Ford as the honorary chairman of the 2010 airlift. The 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games will be held in Lincoln, Neb., and this will be the sixth time that Cessna has organized the airlift. More than 2,000 athletes and coaches are expected to participate.
At a press conference here yesterday, actor/pilot Harrison Ford accepted the appointment of honorary chairman of Cessna’s 2010 Special Olympics Airlift.
“It is an opportunity for the athletes, an opportunity for Cessna to demonstrate their community-minded approach, and an opportunity for all of us in aviation to do something positive and high-profile to promote aviation at a time when aviation faces some difficulties,” Ford said.
Although Spectrum Aeronautical has decided to skip this year’s NBAA Convention, the all-composite S-40 Freedom midsize twinjet will still fly next year, according to company president Austin Blue.
The $6.2 million (2006 $) S-40 will be powered by a pair of GE Honda HF120 turbofans. The engine is expected to be certified next year as well. “We’re keeping track of the GE Honda engine development rather closely,” said Blue.
Pilots can earn double Avtrip points from Avfuel’s new dealer, Big Sky Aviation. The company operates two FBOs at airports in Millville and Cape May, N.J. The double Avtrip points are available until October 22.
Brazilian race driver Nelson Piquet, one of few ever to win three world championships, hasn’t slowed down. At LABACE he confirmed the purchase of a second Citation Mustang. He also owns a Citation X, the fastest civil aircraft in the world, and is rated to fly both the Mustang and Citation X. Cessna claims Brazil is the second largest regional market for the Mustang, behind the European Union.