NBAA and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) last week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., announced that two Light Business Aviation (LBA) Conferences will be held this year–one at each group’s annual convention. The two groups had planned similar LBA conferences in 2008, but those plans were scuttled when the economy deteriorated later in the year.
AINalerts » August 3, 2010
Faced with leaving for vacation without passing an FAA reauthorization bill that would tighten pilot training rules, lawmakers last week stripped those provisions from the main bill and added them to a 15th extension of the funding and programs for the agency.
Forecast demand for executive and private charter flight was somewhat softer at the start of August than 30 days earlier, perhaps reflecting a reduction in business travel at the height of the core European vacation season. But at 105.13 the August 1 demand index from online charter portal Avinode was still almost 32 points up year-over-year, demonstrating a continuing recovery trend.
Carl Hirschmann, former Jet Aviation CEO and the eldest son of company founder Carl W. Hirschmann, died on Friday in Zurich, Switzerland, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 61. The younger Hirschmann, who was groomed to lead the Zurich-based company eventually, joined Jet Aviation in 1975 and rose to the position of CEO during the mid-1980s.
An agreement reached by Bombardier executives and Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson at the recent Farnborough airshow to secure Wichita as the final assembly location for the Learjet 85 was solidified on Friday. The now formalized agreement will retain existing operations and create a minimum of 300 new jobs at the Learjet facility. Bombardier said it will invest a total of $600 million in the Learjet 85 program in Wichita.
Readers placed Gulfstream on top in the annual AIN Product Support Survey, in both the newer and older (more than 10 years old) categories and combined newer and older aircraft. For newer business jets, Gulfstream’s large-cabin models topped the rankings at 8.31, followed by Cessna’s Citations, up more than 5 percent to 8.22.