The business aviation community in Brazil believes the government is finally paying attention to its calls for better access to proper infrastructure. Though that is good news, the sector is still under pressure from the threat of being squeezed by airline activity, warned Eduardo Marson, chairman of industry group ABAG, during a keynote address at yesterday’s opening session at LABACE.
AINalerts » August 15, 2013
Gulfstream Aerospace celebrated two milestones yesterday, August 14–the 55th anniversary of the GI’s first flight in 1958 and the 10th anniversary of the G550’s FAA certification in 2003. Powered by a pair of Rolls-Royce Dart turboprops, the GI was the first aircraft specifically designed and built for business travel, the company noted.
Eclipse 500 upgrades announced yesterday by Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aerospace promise to bring long-pledged safety equipment and performance capabilities to the original very light jet. The new Safety Enhancement Package (SEP) will also remove the last of the “INOP” stickers present in Eclipse 500 cockpits since the former Eclipse Aviation delivered its first customer aircraft nearly seven years ago.
The business jet fleet is projected to grow by 55 percent over the next 12 years–to nearly 31,000 aircraft from about 20,000 today–according to the International Bureau of Aviation’s Business Jet Asset Report 2013, released on Tuesday. Much of the new growth is expected to come from new deliveries, “Implying many business jet models have a solid future ahead of them,” the group said.
As part of a grass-roots effort to promote business aviation interests, NBAA representatives are meeting with U.S. congressional leaders who are currently spending time in their home states during an annual recess.
The latest such effort was on Tuesday at a roundtable held in Sioux Falls, S.D. There, NBAA director of legislative affairs Dick Doubrava joined Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and other industry stakeholders to discuss the economic importance of general aviation, including business aviation, to the state.
FAA Air Traffic Organization COO David Grizzle plans to step down from his position in December, according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca). “Throughout [his] tenure at the ATO, we worked together to strengthen the Natca-FAA collaborative relationship. That has resulted in many successes, from modernization to labor relations, which have helped continue to make our National Airspace System the world’s safest and most efficient,” said Natca president Paul Rinaldi. “We thank David for his contributions.”
Signature Flight Support expanded its operations at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., with the $38.5 million acquisition of privately owned Jet Systems, one of five FBOs on the field. The FBO, formerly Avitat Westchester, has operated at the airport for 20 years. The move gives Signature locations on both sides of the field and significantly increases its hangar and ramp space at the airport. The transaction, subject to approval, is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter.
To support and develop business aviation traffic between New York and London, Teterboro Airport and London Biggin Hill Airport have signed a memorandum to become “sister airports.” According to the agreement, they will participate in mutual assistance and cooperation in areas such as customer service, communication, safety and security. Both airports are international general aviation gateways near large metropolitan cities with multiple FBOs and MROs.
In accordance with the NBAA bylaws, the nominating committee has proposed five people for election to the board of directors at the next annual meeting of the association, to be held on October 23 in Las Vegas. Paul Anderson of UTFlight, David Everitt of Harsco and Douglas Schwartz of ConocoPhillips were nominated for re-election to the board, each for a three-year term. Leslie Kenne of Oshkosh Corp. and Richard Walsh of Hewlett-Packard were nominated for initial election to the board, also for three-year terms.
Aircraft remanufacturer Nextant Aerospace launched a multilingual website this week at LABACE. The revamp is part of a regional sales marketing strategy, which has seen dealerships and multi-aircraft orders in China, India and Russia added so far this year. Nextant has rolled out its new website in English and Portuguese, with additional languages–including Spanish, Chinese, Hindi and Russian–to be added in the coming days, it said.