U.S. business aircraft flight activity climbed 4.7 percent last month versus a year ago thanks to increased flying at Part 91 and fractional operators, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. Part 91 flight activity surged by nearly double digits–up 9.5 percent–while fractionals saw a healthy 5.7-percent rise.
AINalerts » April 14, 2011
Hank Krakowski, head of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO), resigned today amid the fallout of not one but two incidents in as many weeks where the sole controller on duty at a tower late at night fell asleep. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt accepted his resignation.
Reports from last week’s National Aircraft Resale Association’s spring meeting in Naples, Fla., inspire continued optimism about the business aviation industry’s recovery. “There’s certainly more movement, and it’s much more positive than what we saw a year ago,” said Allen Qualey, president of the specialty finance group at 1st Source Bank.
GKN Aerospace has been selected to build the entire fuselage for the HondaJet, the UK-based aerostructures specialist said today at a press conference in London. It will build the all-composite fuselage in two sections before they are combined. Production fuselage sections are due to start being delivered in the second quarter of next year to Honda Aircraft for final assembly at its Greensboro, N.C. facility.
Cleveland-based Flight Options said it saw renewed interest in fractional share and jet card (JetPass) sales during the first quarter, noting that net share sales doubled from a year ago while JetPass sales climbed by 46 percent. Flight Options officials declined to specify the exact number of net fractional shares sold, but did say that first-quarter gross share hour sales grew significantly from 225 hours last year to 1,275 hours this year.
Eurocopter confirmed that it plans to gain type certification for the EC175 medium twin this year while clarifying that it expects complementary certification for the offshore-oil configuration by the middle of next year. This configuration is that of the second prototype, which has been flying since December. It includes features such as emergency flotation gear, life rafts, radio navigation system and dual FMS, Tcas II and air conditioning.