On Sunday the FAA began air controller furloughs that the agency said are required to comply with budgets cuts mandated under sequestration. The move has resulted in not only cascading air traffic delays but also scorn and lawsuits from aviation industry groups.
AINalerts » April 23, 2013
AgustaWestland and Embraer have terminated joint-venture discussions for helicopter production in Brazil. The companies issued a joint statement yesterday announcing the decision, but declined to provide reasons why talks collapsed.
The San José, Calif. city council voted 10-1 last week to allow Mineta San José International Airport staff to finalize negotiations and execute a 50-year lease for Signature Flight Support to build and operate an FBO on the airport’s west side.
The FAA will begin publishing instrument approaches that use larger circling-approach airspace dimensions on May 2, addressing industry safety groups’ assertions that the radii were “insufficient to contain large, jet transport airplanes during the circle-to-land maneuver,” according to NBAA.
Milestone Aviation Group, the helicopter leasing firm that was co-founded in August 2010 by airplane fractional program pioneer Richard Santulli, has quickly grown to mammoth size. The Dublin, Ireland-based company said its fleet, which ranges from light-twin to heavy helicopters, now includes more than 90 aircraft from AgustaWestland, Bell, Eurocopter and Sikorsky worth more than $1.3 billion.
Jet Aviation Flight Services introduced three new packages–silver, gold and platinum–to aircraft management customers in North America. Its silver package, designed for customers who own a light to midsize business jet, delivers primary management services. The gold package, targeted at large-cabin jet owners, includes the same primary management services, as well as financial budgeting and reporting. Jet Aviation’s platinum plan includes “all of the core management services required to manage and maintain aircraft.”
Business aircraft trip planning and support services firm BaseOps International opened its new Singapore office last week, bolstering its international presence. “To meet the growing demands of international trip planning services throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim, we felt it was important that we place resources in the region,” said Michael Clementi, president of World Fuel Services’ aviation segment. BaseOps is a subsidiary of World Fuel Services and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Aircraft lease, equity charter and fractional provider Executive AirShare says it recorded its “most successful” year ever and the third consecutive year of double-digit growth last year. The Kansas City, Mo.-based regional fractional operates the largest fleet of Embraer Phenoms, with more than 140 fractional shareowners and another 36 members in its lease and aircraft management programs. The company has 43 aircraft–King Airs and Phenom 100s and 300s–in its combined fractional and managed fleets and more than 140 employees at six cities in the Central U.S.
Enstrom Helicopter unveiled plans last week to develop a new helicopter, as well as a major plant expansion and upgrade of its Menominee, Mich. headquarters. Construction is set to begin next month on an $8 million, 70,000-sq-ft expansion. Enstrom was purchased late last year by Chongqing (China) Helicopter Investment. Over the last 18 months Enstrom has more than doubled its employment to 165 and plans to deliver 32 helicopters this year and 45 next year.
Pilatus Aircraft appointed Tronrud Aviation as its PC-12 sales and service center in the Nordic region of Europe, to include Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Founded in 1977, Tronrud Aviation is a subsidiary of Tronrud Engineering, which specializes in manufacturing parts and machines for the engineering field. Tronrud Aviation is located about 30 miles northwest of Oslo and is based on its own airfield at Eggemoen.