The FAA issued a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) that outlines guidance and best practices for Parts 91, 133 and 137 operators that conduct fueling or chemical loading with the engines running–hot fueling or loading.
AINalerts » December 2, 2010
An early takeoff for seasonal holiday-driven traffic provoked a steep spike in demand for private charter flights. According to the latest forward-looking index from online charter portal Avinode, projected demand for this month was more than 75 points up on the November 1 level at 167.35. The December 1 index was almost 80 points above that recorded on the same day last year.
The strength of the Middle Eastern business jet market is no longer based solely on oil production, according to industry analyst Brian Foley. Speaking before the start of the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show in Dubai, he said that despite the recent increase in the price of oil, there are more factors at play than in the past. “Certainly oil still plays a role, but today its influence is much less direct,” he noted.
Airshow organizer F&E Aerospace is expecting some 7,000 attendees–a record number–at the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show next week in Dubai. The three-day show, which opens on Tuesday, is organized on behalf of the Middle East Business Aviation Association and will feature 338 exhibitors at the Dubai Airport Expo and about 70 business aircraft on static display just outside the convention center.
Bombardier Aerospace third-quarter financial results, released today, show total aerospace revenues of $1.8 billion, down from $2.1 billion for the quarter ending October 31, 2009. The total backlog as of October 31 was valued at $16.2 billion. The Canadian OEM delivered 33 business aircraft in the third quarter.
Airbus launched a new engine option yesterday for A320-series airliners, and an Airbus Corporate Jetliner spokesman confirmed to AIN that the option (costing $6 million when specified for the airliner variant) will also be available for all A320-based ACJs except the A318 Elite. Dubbed A320neo, the project offers two new engine choices–the CFM Leap-X or Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1100G.