User fees, depreciation schedules, and instability in world financial markets have called for some tough talking at NBAA 2011. One country, however, seems to be promising great rewards for those who dare enter. China seems to be the golden land–the new Wild East set to save the market from oblivion. Several consultants held press conferences during the show, highlighting incredible opportunities in China.
Having started life mainly focused on the airline sector, Arinc (Booth No. N4221) has further expanded its horizons into business aviation, especially so since the U.S.-based group opened its international division in the UK back in 2000. Since the EBACE show in May, Arinc Direct has added more than 50 business aircraft to the international fleet it supports.
Landmark Aviation has purchased the assets of the Falcon Trust Air FBO at Miami’s Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport. The deal includes an 18,000-sq-ft facility with a library, gym, media room, pilots’ lounge, flight-planning center, passenger lobby, sleep rooms, VIP suites and a conference room. There are also 42,000 sq ft of corporate hangar space, 25 T-hangars and 11 box hangars.
Can GPS and LightSquared coexist? Within the civil and military GPS community, the answer has been emphatically and unequivocally, “No.” Until last week, that is. Attendees at the annual convention of the U.S. Institute of Navigation held in Portland, Ore., had been confident that the laws of physics made coexistence of the two impossible.
Business aviation will once again have a strong presence in Dubai this year. This is despite the fact that Dubai also has its own biennial bizav event, the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show to be staged by Fairs & Exhibitions next year (from December 11 to 13).
As the next biennial Dubai Air Show approaches, all eyes are on the Middle East, but not entirely for the usual reasons. Even after being dented by the financial crisis of 2008-2009, the region still holds huge potential for the air transport and aerospace industries.
L.F. Wade Bermuda International Airport now has a newly renovated private jet terminal. The LOM Group has assumed a five-year sponsorship of the terminal now known as the LOM Executive Jet Facility at Hamilton Airport, Bermuda. Owned and operated by Bermuda Aviation Services, the terminal–located across the tarmac from the airline center–serves the more than 2,000 private jets that visit the island every year.
Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG) has acquired Aero Technology of Long Beach, Calif. ATI provides accessories, avionics and instruments to the commercial transport, military and regional airline markets. Located on Long Beach International Airport, ATI operates out of a 25,000-sq-ft facility, employs 38 people including 18 technicians and holds FAA, EASA and airline certifications.
A confidential briefing on the LightSquared/GPS situation presented by Gen. William Shelton, chief of the Air Force Space Command, to senior staff at the Department of Defense and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was promptly leaked to LightSquared.
Outsiders might assume that war is the biggest worry for Afghan carrier Safi Airways. But, according to Lloyd Carswell, Safi’s chief commercial officer, strong demand for its flights has presented the biggest challenge, largely due to constraints posed by inadequate capacity and facilities at Kabul Airport.