Total general aviation (GA) airplane billings in the first half of the year reached $10.4 billion, an increase of more than 25 percent over the same period last year, according to statistics released yesterday by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). This is the first time since the first half of 2008 that six-month industry revenues have exceeded $10 billion.
AINalerts » August 6, 2013
The involuntary Chapter 7 case against Avantair in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Tampa, Fla., is proceeding at a much faster pace than industry sources initially expected. On Thursday, just one week after the case was filed, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Catherin McEwen held an emergency hearing to consider the filing creditors’ request for appointment of an interim bankruptcy trustee, as well as a motion to prevent removal of business records.
August, the final month of the peak northern-hemisphere summer vacation season, seems set to bring some encouragement to the private charter market, although with considerable variations in the outlook for the next 30 days on either side of the Atlantic Ocean and among different sizes of aircraft.
Cessna Aircraft celebrated milestones for two of its in-development business jets–the Citation M2 and next-generation Citation X–last week.
The inventory of pre-owned business jets contracted further in June, to 13.2 percent, down 0.3 percentage points from the year-ago period, according to data released on Friday by business aviation research firm JetNet.
Purdue University pilots flew an Embraer Phenom 100 partially powered by a mix of biofuel and jet-A to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Friday. The biofuel blend–a mixture of a camelina-based biofuel and jet-A provided by the U.S. Air Force–was used to power one of the Phenom’s engines; the other engine ran on jet-A alone. Key flight performance measurements were recorded and will be studied.
Boston Executive Helicopters has broken ground on an FBO at Norwood (Mass.) Memorial Airport. The intended 15,000-sq-ft-hangar/terminal complex was originally scheduled to open this summer, but the company now expects services can begin by year-end. Construction was set back by delays in approvals for the company’s fuel farm installation plan, as well as other issues. Late last month, airport authorities issued a final approval for the continuation of hangar construction and installation of the fuel farm after Boston Executive Helicopters agreed to submit more documents.
Fractional provider Bombardier Flexjet says it experienced 96-percent growth in new fractional and jet card sales during the first six months versus the same period last year. The company said sales of new fractional shares climbed by 112 percent, while new jet card sales gained 68 percent. “The skies continue to brighten for Flexjet,” said Flexjet president Deanna White.
Cessna’s Milwaukee Citation Service Center recently completed its first Citation X customer installation of the LoPresti Next Generation HID BoomBeam lights. The BoomBeam HID lighting system is said to be 500 percent brighter and consume up to 75 percent less power than the stock lighting equipment. It also reduces operator and owner maintenance costs, says LoPresti, while reducing the amount of time an aircraft may be grounded due to lighting failures.
An air transportation program has been launched for veterinarians serving in Kenya. Operating turbine aircraft, such as Cessna 208 Caravans, Sky Vets allows the mobile veterinary teams of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) and Kenya Wildlife Service to respond rapidly to animals in need of urgent care virtually anywhere in Kenya. In May, Sky Vets treated its first patient, an elephant seriously injured by a poisoned arrow. Without treatment, say the vets, the elephant would have died. Sky Vets is funded initially by a $40,000 start-up grant from U.S. Friends of DSWT.