Transport

October 22, 2013 - 8:15am
Aviation fuel taxes imposed on general aviation raise $622 million annually, according to the FAA. General aviation lobby groups believe that the aviation fuel tax is the fairest and most efficient way to collect GA’s contribution to air traffic control system costs.

The debate rages on.

Should general aviation pay more toward the cost of the nation’s air traffic control system, especially if it would hasten the implementation of the NextGen air traffic control (ATC) system and depoliticize FAA funding? If so, is the current system of fuel and excise taxes the best way to do it?

October 22, 2013 - 5:00am

Bell Helicopter (Booth No. C9343) continued to expand its global presence last month with purchase agreements covering seven aircraft signed during Jet Expo 2013 in Moscow and a deal with Heli-Charter involving the first Bell 429 configured for air ambulance operations in the UK.

October 22, 2013 - 4:45am

“I started this business to feed my family,” recalled King Aerospace chairman and founder Jerry King. Twenty years later, the company is successfully feeding an extended family of some 200 employees at facilities in Ardmore, Okla., and Addison, Texas, and that family is still growing.

October 22, 2013 - 4:30am
Comlux America’s services division provides cabin refurbishment work on in-service aircraft, as well as having a wide portfolio of maintenance capabilities.

Business aviation services group Comlux is expanding its aircraft completions activity to include widebody VIP aircraft like the Boeing 747 and Airbus A330. The strategic move was confirmed by the company’s board last month and comes at a time when its Indianapolis, Ind.-based Comlux America maintenance and interiors division is seeing a declining backlog of new green Boeing Business Jets and Airbus Corporate Jets.

October 22, 2013 - 2:45am

Michael Johnson started Paramount Aviation Resources Group (Booth No. C12647) of Fredericksburg, Va., in 2007 as a crew procurement company after finishing his contract as chief pilot with Japan Airlines, where he also did contract administration, and realized there was a market for finding and screening flight crews for airlines. He had worked there since 2001 after being furloughed from American Airlines following the 9/11 attacks. He still holds his seniority number at American.

October 22, 2013 - 2:45am

Michael Johnson started Paramount Aviation Resources Group (Booth No. C12647) of Fredericksburg, Va., in 2007 as a crew procurement company after finishing his contract as chief pilot with Japan Airlines, where he also did contract administration, and realized there was a market for finding and screening flight crews for airlines. He had worked there since 2001 after being furloughed from American Airlines following the 9/11 attacks. He still holds his seniority number at American.

October 22, 2013 - 2:30am

To boost aftermarket service for operators of its business aircraft in China, Bombardier Aerospace has signed an agreement with Beijing Airlines that will allow the latter to provide technical support for all of the Canadian OEM’s business aircraft based at and visiting Beijing Capital International Airport. “Bombardier has long-standing and valued relationships in China and we are steadily increasing our customer support in strategic locations across the country,” said Éric Martel, Bombardier president of customer services and specialized and amphibious aircraft.

October 22, 2013 - 1:00am
The Insitu ScanEagle received an FAA Part 21.25 restricted category type certificate on July 19, permitting operators to use it for commercial purposes.

Slowly but surely, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are entering the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS) despite a regulatory regime that was previously considered prohibitive to all but government agencies and research institutions. Unmanned aircraft have flown for the first time commercially in remote Arctic airspace, and companies are considering or have already begun the process of obtaining FAA airworthiness certification of their UAS designs.

October 22, 2013 - 12:30am
Hartzell’s swept-airfoil composite prop, recently approved for the TBM 700/850.

Hartzell Propeller (Booth No. C7630) has witnessed the market for its aluminum–and, increasingly, carbon-composite–propeller blades and assemblies change markedly over the past five years as the global aviation industry continues a long and deliberate rebound from the recent global economic downturn. While it would be a stretch to say the shift was a welcome one for the Piqua, Ohio-based company, Hartzell executive vice president J.J. Frigge seems invigorated by the path his company has taken in the years since.

October 21, 2013 - 10:10pm
Steve Ridolfi and Kenn Ricci

Flexjet, which will soon be owned by Directional Aviation Capital, doubled its firm order for Learjet 85s yesterday at NBAA 2013. This latest transaction puts the Flexjet order at 115 firm aircraft from Bombardier (Booth No. N5731)– including 60 Learjet 85s–and options for 150 more. If all of the options are exercised, this brings the order value total to $5.6 billion

 
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