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EBACE Convention News 2012
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Flight support solution provider Flightworx Aviation (Stand 2347) is launching a new web-based flight support platform, www.iView.aero, at this year’s EBACE show.
Flight training provider CAE (Stand 468) recently completed the upgrade of its full-flight simulators for Dassault’s current models to include smoke-generation capability for use in its initial training curriculum.
London Biggin Hill airport has a new executive charter operator. Concierge Aviation is launching services with an eight-seat Hawker 750 business jet.
Northrop Grumman (Stand 2321) announced here at EBACE that Cessna has chosen its navigation systems for the Citation Latitude business jet. One selection is the LCR-100 attitude and heading reference system, which uses both inertial navigation and GPS information.
Show organizers from the U.S. National Business Aviation Association, which jointly promotes the EBACE show, came to Geneva flushed with success (but doubtless fatigued too) after the successful relaunch of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). The March 27-29 event in Shanghai was, by common consent, a resounding success–especially considering the many challenges that organizers faced in running a modern trade show in China’s main business city.
Lagging growth in Europe business aviation remains a concern, but encouragement is to be found in greater numbers of flights last year, according to Bombardier Aerospace in its current market forecast for 2011-30. Although utilization levels during 2011 were not back to pre-recession levels, business jet movements continued to improve, relative to the previous year, said the annual document. It noted that business aviation activity in the region 12 months ago was some 12 percent up on the second half of 2009 and 3 percent higher than in 2010.
How could sending your dirty plates to the fixed base operation (FBO) after a flight to have them washed in a dishwasher be lethal? All too easily, according to catering safety expert Paula Kraft, principal of Atlanta, Georgia-based Aviation Catering Consultants. If the ground handler services the lavatory, then takes his gloves off and brings your clean crockery back to the aircraft, he may, for example, unwittingly contaminate the fresh dishes with invisible fecal particles. Kraft spoke at EBACE on Wednesday May 16 on how to avoid such catastrophes.
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.
Three years after entering service, Embraer Executive Jets’ Phenom 100 has surpassed 100,000 total flight hours. “This is a significant milestone achieved in such a short time,” said Luciano Castro, vice president of programs, Embraer Executive Jets.
Wichita-based Greenwich AeroGroup (Stand 1131) and ExecuJet Aviation Group of Zurich (Stand 136) announced at EBACE an expansion of their relationship to include ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services in Mainland China. The agreement enables ExecuJet to represent Greenwich AeroGroup parts distribution, repair and overhaul services at all of its locations, and positions both companies to enhance the services offered to China-based and transient aircraft owners and operators.
London Biggin Hill airport has a new executive charter operator. Concierge Aviation is launching services with an eight-seat Hawker 750 business jet. Starting this week, Concierge is conducting its activities under a UK air operator’s certificate. The company has fleet expansion plans and is also offering aircraft management services. Managing director Glen Smith used to work for Air Partner.
Universal Avionics (Stand 639) has contributed a UniLink UL-800/801 communications management system for installation in a Swiss-based Bombardier Challenger CL-601 that frequently travels along North Atlantic tracks helping to test the Future Air Navigation System (Fans), which is beginning to be utilized by Eurocontrol. The UniLink box is in full compliance with Fans standards.
EU-funded project Accepta is co-funding the publishing of Egnos (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System) landing procedures and/or installing its navigation equipment at 40 additional airports in 11 European countries by the end of 2013. The countries soon to get the system at their airports include Finland, France, Italy, UK, Austria and Spain. Egnos, Europe’s equivalent of Waas GPS, has many benefits including operational, economic (especially for business aviation), safety and environmental, said the company.
Eurojet Aviation has opened a 41,000-sq-ft building at Birmingham Airport in the UK, ready to play its part servicing the upcoming onslaught of travelers arriving for the 2012 London Olympics. The building is equipped with a maintenance hangar specifically designed to meet the requirements of the Cessna Citation family. Eurojet has recently been designated an authorized Cessna Citation Service Center.
With aircraft owners facing continuing headaches over importing aircraft into the European Union, offshore registrations are increasingly being considered as a more flexible option. At the same time, lawyers have been scrambling to develop elegant solutions to avoid at least immediate liability for punitive rates of value added tax through deferral schemes.
With Europe facing fresh financial turmoil with a possible fresh squeeze on capital and VAT tax rules still causing importation headaches, is it any wonder that it’s hard to adopt an optimistic outlook on the market for preowned aircraft? Here at the EBACE 2012 show, the consensus among brokers was generally that the market in this part of world is flat, flat, flat.
Frederico Curado, Embraer president and CEO, called on the aviation industry during a luncheon speech to The Wings Club on Tuesday at EBACE 2012 in Geneva to work collectively against environmental charges. He said the industry is making more efficient aircraft and “should send the message clearly that we’re not the bad guys here” when it comes to the environment.
Bell Helicopters (Stand 7091) has delivered six of its newest aircraft–Bell 407GX and Bell 429–in Europe and Ukraine, it announced at EBACE. “The Bell 407GX is attracting interest from corporate, private and utility operators due to its speed, range and state-of-the-art Garmin G100H flight deck, which maximizes pilot situational awareness,” said Danny Maldonado, executive vice president of commercial sales and marketing.
Component Control, an MRO and logistics software developer, announced at EBACE that Corporate Flight Management (CFM) of Smyrna, Tennessee, has selected its Quantum Control software solution for its maintenance and repair operations. CFM operates 35 aircraft and offers aircraft charter, management and MRO services for both the private and commercial aviation markets.