Pilots, flight attendants, dispatchers and other AIN subscribers who have frequent interaction with FBOs provided a total of 17,863 evaluations of more than 1,600 FBOs around the world in their responses to AIN’s 2012 FBO Survey. Of these, 115 FBOs in the Americas received the required 30 or more evaluations necessary to be included in the table of ratings available on AINonline.
AINalerts » April 3, 2012
Fatal and nonfatal accidents involving U.S.-registered business jets increased notably in the first quarter, compared with the same time frame last year. Alternatively, non-U.S.-registered business jets had no accidents in the first quarter versus six in the year-ago period.
Charlie Bravo Aviation Asia and Universal Jet Asia announced today a strategic alliance to bring a complete business aviation acquisition and management solution to the expanding Asian market. According to the companies, the alliance will help newcomers to the business aviation market with services ranging from selecting and acquiring the best aircraft for their mission to finding pilots and scheduling maintenance.
Australia-based AVWest placed a firm order on Friday for five Global 6000s (née Global Express XRS), a deal worth approximately $292.5 million. The ultra-long-range jets will feature the new Bombardier Vision flight deck. Last June, AVWest placed firm orders for four Global 7000s and two Global 8000s. Besides being a “large Australian corporate jet operator,” AVWest also owns and operates the Perth Jet Centre FBO.
Dassault’s market share for business jets in Africa has made strides, with 10 Falcons slated for delivery in the region between now and the end of next year. Most of these orders are for the company’s flagship Falcon 7X. Eight examples of the type are already in service in the region. For the first time, Dassault Falcon will attend the Marrakech Air Show, being held tomorrow through Saturday in Morocco.
In an SEC filing yesterday, Hawker Beechcraft said its losses for all of 2011 could total $481.8 million, including $304.9 million in restructuring and impairment charges, versus a $173.9 million loss in 2010. Subtracting the losses from the first through third quarter, this means that Hawker Beechcraft could post a fourth-quarter loss of $267.1 million. These 2011 numbers, however, are still preliminary and could change, the company noted.
MD Helicopters launched the 540F today. A variant of the 530F turbine single, the new helicopter’s six composite main rotor blades and fully articulated main rotor system will enable it to meet the military’s high/hot benchmark of operating in conditions of 95 degrees F and 6,000 feet msl.
The IRS has countersued NetJets for more than $360 million in alleged uncollected excise taxes. In November, NetJets sued the federal government for what it said were wrongfully imposed taxes, interest and penalties totaling more than $642.7 million. NetJets claimed that as a manager of private aircraft, it was not required to pay a “ticket tax” because its services were not taxable transportation.
NetJets Europe announced today that it is extending its ferry waiver zone, in which fees on positioning flights are not charged, for flights between 21 “business critical” airports in the Middle East and Europe. The extension will add Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE and Kuwait to the waiver, which previously included Lebanon and Tel Aviv. The company said it has witnessed “strong growth” in flights to the Middle East in the last few years, with 9.2 percent growth reported last year alone.
The employees of Gulfstream Aerospace held a moment of silence today to mark the one-year anniversary of the crash of a flight-test G650 in Roswell, N.M., that claimed the four-man crew. Killed in the April 2, 2011, accident were test pilots Kent Crenshaw, 64, and Vivan Ragusa, 51, and technical specialists David McCollum, 47, and Reece Ollenburg, 48. An NTSB investigation into the accident continues.