AIN recently launched its updated news app, which is now available for all Android and Apple iOS smartphones and tablets. The app, previously available only for the iPhone, provides a real-time feed of all aviation news published online by AIN. It also includes exhibitor lists, exhibit hall/static display maps and other information at the airshows and business aviation events where AIN publishes daily print issues.
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Though TraqPak data released today by aviation services company Argus indicates that business aircraft flying continued its upward trend last month, climbing 1.4 percent year-over-year, this wasn’t the big news. “The bigger story was the turnaround in the fractional market, which posted the first year-over-year increase since September 2011,” Argus said.
Bombardier Aerospace has started assembling major structures for the first flight-test vehicle (FTV1) of the Global 7000 and 8000 program, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. FTV1 will be a Global 7000 prototype, a company spokeswoman told AIN.
Dassault is considering using a large proportion of composite materials on the next generation of Falcons. “Hopefully we will have a full composite wing 10 years from now,” an executive at the company’s Biarritz factory, which has expertise in composites manufacturing, told AIN.
The rationale is that the expected weight reduction will provide fuel savings. Another executive at the Bordeaux Martignas plant, which specializes in wings–so far made of aluminum alloys–confirmed the new path.
Business aviation information services company JetNet has expanded its customer relationship management tool, now rebranded as JetNet Marketplace Manager, to include market analysis, market research and prospect-management functions.
Air Culinaire Worldwide has opened an in-flight kitchen at Mineta San Jose International Airport to keep up with increasing client demand and enable last-minute requests in Silicon Valley. The in-flight kitchen is located in the Atlantic Aviation FBO and is the only one based on the field. It is the fourth Air Culinaire Worldwide kitchen based in California, joining locations in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Van Nuys, and brings the total number of Air Culinaire Worldwide kitchens to 20.
FAA certification of the new Cessna Citation X, recently redesignated as the X+, is apparently just around the corner. Flight testing of the super-midsize jet concluded in late April, Scott Donnelly, the chairman and CEO of Cessna parent Textron, noted last week during an investor conference call. “At this point it’s now just into the paperwork process,” he commented.
According to data released today by business aviation research and consulting firm WingX Advance, there were 52,931 business aviation flights in Europe in March, a 22-percent month-over-month increase and and 2.1-percent year-over-year rise. After three consecutive monthly increases, business aviation flight activity in Europe was up by 1.6 percent from the same period last year.
BBA Aviation’s flight support division, which includes Signature Flight Support and airline refueler Asig, saw an 8-percent increase in revenue. “The signs of recovery in business and general aviation in North America continued, with movements up 4 percent in the first quarter,” the company noted. “Weakness continued in our other major markets, with European business and general aviation movements flat and commercial movements down 2 percent in North America and Europe.”
The Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) wrapped up a four-stop roadshow–held last month in Shanghai, Singapore, Jakarta and Hong Kong–that provided free information sessions for Asian business aviation operators.