Farnborough Aircraft business development director Adrian Norris told AIN yesterday at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., that his UK-based company is contemplating the formation of a partnership with Liberty Aerospace to further develop, certify and manufacture Farnborough’s all-composite Kestrel turboprop single.
AINalerts » April 15, 2010
The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) is looking for a new chief executive to replace Guy Lachlan, who will be leaving the organization in late June to pursue an opportunity outside aviation. BBGA has more than 160 member companies and represents a business and general aviation industry that is estimated to generate more than $5.3 billion for the UK economy.
Piper Aircraft president and CEO Kevin Gould said this week at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., that the PiperJet program is on track for certification in the first half of 2013. The single-engine jet is now in the detailed design phase, and vice president of engineering Dennis Olcott told AIN that the “majority” of the design has been frozen.
NBAA applauded the Washington State legislature’s decision to scuttle a provision for an “onerous” tax proposal for aircraft in its annual spending bill. Final passage of the spending bill, which was approved without the tax on Monday, came near the end of a special legislative session called by Gov. Chris Gregoire after the regular session expired last month.
At least 4,000 flights in northern European airspace were cancelled today after a large cloud of ash from an erupting volcano in Iceland drifted to the south and east. UK airspace was completely closed from noon local time and, at press time, was not due to reopen until at least 7 a.m. tomorrow.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer released a 10-year business jet forecast at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., yesterday that calls for 10,000 business jets worth $190 billion to be delivered between this year and 2019. If this estimate proves accurate, the next 10 years will be better than the previous decade, when 8,000 jets worth $155 billion were shipped.