NBAA’s convention and trade show is about networking, and no one knows how to network better than the women and men who are at the core of the non-profit Women in Corporate Aviation (WCA). Instead of holding down a booth, these generous individuals, with the support of the companies the work for, comb the halls as they work to create opportunities for those trying to break into the industry.
News and issues relating to business, corporate and private aviation, primarily regarding turbine-engine powered airplanes and helicopters. Subjects include aircraft, engines, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security and training.
FBO chain Sheltair has joined the Avfuel network, announcing the rebranding of its 14 locations yesterday here at the show. As the first indication of the new relationship, the company is displaying at the Avfuel booth (No. N5100). “This group here is a very professional group, a very thoughtful group in how they do things, they have super people in the marketing area, great people in operations, we’re really proud to be associated with Sheltair,” said Avfuel president and CEO Craig Sincock.
Buoyed by strong demand for its forward-fit systems from OEM customers, aircraft lighting and electrical systems provider Emteq (Booth No. C7012) has weathered the global economic downturn better than many. In the past two years alone, the New Berlin, Wis.-based company has opened a new production facility in Montana, expanded its existing offices in Montreal and Brazil to be closer to its OEM clients, and established a European customer-service base in Switzerland.
The second-day opening session today at NBAA 2013 brought together top executives from leading business and general aviation advocacy groups to discuss how to advance the needs of private aviation in a time of political gridlock and fiscal constraints. “This industry is enormously heavily regulated by the federal government,” NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen told attendees, “so the shutdown has a disproportionate impact on this industry.”
NBAA released a new Nexa study, “Business Aviation and the World’s Top Performing Companies,” yesterday at NBAA 2013, showing that companies based around the world who use business aircraft outperform those that do not. Mirroring a previous Nexa study on U.S. companies, the latest results showed that international companies using business aircraft excel in revenue growth, innovation, employee satisfaction and market share.
NBAA voting members elected five directors today at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas: Ron Duncan, co-founder General Communication; Leslie Kenne, U.S. Air Force (retired); Doug Schwartz, manager of global aviation services at ConocoPhillips; and Richard Walsh, vice president of global aviation and travel security services at Hewlett-Packard. Paul Anderson, vice president of UTFlight, was reelected for another one-year term. Duncan also succeeded Richard Shine of Manitoba Corp.
Cessna Aircraft inked a deal with Yunnan Ruifeng General Aviation Co. this week at NBAA 2013 that will see Citation Mustangs being flown for charter services in China for the first time. Yunnan Ruifeng is acquiring two Citation Mustangs to operate charter flights in China. First delivery is scheduled for December, with the second delivery following next year. The Chinese operator was founded in 2011 and already flies a Cessna Grand Caravan for sightseeing flights in southwest China.
Gulfstream Aerospace’s deliveries of completed aircraft more than doubled to 38 aircraft (32 large-cabin and six midsize jets) in the third quarter versus 17 large-cabin jets in the same period a year ago, parent company General Dynamics said during its quarterly investor conference call this morning. In the first nine months, Gulfstream shipped 103 outfitted airplanes (87 large cabin, 16 midsize), a nearly 81-percent rise from the 57 aircraft (52 large cabin, five midsize) handed over to customers in the same period last year.
Safe Flight Instrument Corp. (Booth No. N5515) announced at NBAA 2013 that it has donated $50,000 to the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), which arranges free flights in corporate aircraft for ambulatory cancer patients traveling for treatment.
If you thought you’d already seen the cabin interior of the Embraer Legacy 450, think again. A new interior has been unveiled.