The NBAA Convention, to be held in late October in Orlando, Fla., will offer what the association bills as an “unprecedented chance” for attendees to have face-to-face discussions with people influential in aviation policies throughout Asia. As part of the show, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and U.S. Department of Transportation will sponsor a “reverse trade mission,” bringing regulators and policymakers from several Asian countries to Orlando for NBAA 2012 and then Washington, D.C., a few days after the convention.
AINalerts » August 23, 2012
The FAA denied Bell Helicopter’s petition for an exemption to the normal category Part 27 weight limit of 7,000 pounds that would allow the Bell 429 light twin to operate at up to 7,500 pounds. Transport Canada and a dozen other countries granted such an exemption earlier this year.
New online charter broker ClearJet recently launched a flat-fee charter buyer-seller matchmaking service that it claims is more transparent to both buyer and seller. ClearJet allows buyers to view all of the quotes and other details–including aircraft type, amenities and interior/exterior photos, but not operator name–for their requested trip, unlike typical charter brokers that present clients with only a “best price.”
Executive AirShare introduced two new programs today – Launch and Launch Premium–for business jet users “seeking cost-effective alternatives to full ownership.” Both programs are based on a lease structure, according to the company.
NBAA has set up a web page dedicated to airspace and airport restrictions for the upcoming Democratic and Republican National Conventions in Charlotte, N.C.(September 3 to 6), and Tampa, Fla. (August 26 to 30), respectively.
Aero Air at Portland-Hillsboro (Ore.) International Airport broke ground last week on a 30,000-sq-ft hangar slated for completion by November 1. The hangar will include an additional 3,000 sq ft of offices, Aero Air said. The new facility will expand the FBO’s total hangar space to 105,000 sq ft, allowing its maintenance and hangar lease businesses to expand. According to FBO manager Debbie Brown, higher aircraft taxes in California and Washington are driving owners to base their aircraft in Hillsboro.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) board of directors approved Flight Design and Sandel Avionics yesterday as the association’s newest members. With these additions, GAMA now has 78 member companies. Flight Design is a light aircraft manufacturer based in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany. Sandel Avionics engineers and manufactures avionics, including several terrain avoidance systems, for rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft.
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons will headline at this year’s NBAA/Corporate Angel Network fundraising event, “An Evening With Angels,” which will be held on October 31 during the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. The fundraiser, to be staged at the Peabody Hotel, will include a networking cocktail hour, dinner, a silent auction and a live auction, concluding with the live concert.
NetJets sister company Executive Jet Management successfully completed an on-site audit and has become a Wyvern Wingman. Charter operators that undergo the on-site safety audit and are found to meet the rigorous safety standards conducted by Wyvern auditors are recommended for use by all Wyvern clients. Operators that successfully complete the audit have already met the Wyvern Standard, a “globally recognized seal of excellence.”