Signature Flight Support’s bid to purchase the Jet Systems and Million Air White Plains FBOs at Westchester County Airport stalled when last week’s vote on the transaction by the county board of legislators was tabled until next year.
AINalerts » December 26, 2013
Guillaume Faury, who took the helm at Eurocopter in May but has rarely since met with the press, set the helicopter manufacturer’s top priorities for the future last week during a meeting organized by the French association of aerospace journalists.
Recent predictions by industry soothsayers show business aviation continuing its slow climb next year. “GDP is up, U.S. stock markets and corporate profits are setting new records and pre-owned inventory has declined, with aircraft prices now bouncing along the bottom,” aviation consultant Brian Foley told AIN. “These positive indicators are expected to continue in 2014.”
Keith Plumb, president and COO of regional fractional-share provider Executive AirShare, will add the role of CEO starting on January 1. Current chairman and CEO Bob Taylor will step down at the end of the year, at which time he will become chairman emeritus and founder, while remaining an active board member. Plumb and Taylor founded Executive AirShare in 2000. “We are finishing our best year in the history of the company and now is the time for this change,” Taylor said.
The Eurocopter EC135 light twin helicopter is facing more trouble after the EASA issued an emergency airworthiness directive on December 19 referring to a manufacturer alert service bulletin that requires a one-time check of fuel probes and, possibly, cleaning and replacement. The issue, discovered by Bond Air Services, appears to be that the probes are indicating a fuel level higher than actual. Investigations showed that the incorrect signals that the probes transmit to the indicator may also inhibit the amber “fuel caution” light.
The assets of bankrupt fractional provider Avantair will be auctioned off next month at a warehouse about a mile from the company’s former headquarters at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport in Florida. According to court documents, the auction is being held off-site from its headquarters to address airport security concerns, especially since the building is adjacent to a National Guard air unit.
Garmin has released a free software upgrade–version 6.21–which increases the capability of its G500/G600 flight displays. The G600 version is available immediately, while the G500 version will be released in February. Some new capabilities include control of altitude preselect for KFC 200/250 autopilots using the G500/G600 when paired with a GAD 43e autopilot interface adapter; provision of basic GWX 70 weather radar functions; support of Cessna 400B/800B/1000 IFCS autopilots (when paired with a GAD 43e); and flight director display with Century IV/41/2000 autopilots.
Rockwell Collins completed its acquisition of communications and systems integration specialist Arinc late on Monday. The avionics group, which paid The Carlyle Group $1.4 billion for Arinc, said that the integration of its new division should be complete within six to nine months. “With this move we take a major leap forward to realizing our vision of providing a richer set of seamless information management solutions that encompass the aircraft and ground-based systems,” said Rockwell Collins CEO and president Kelly Ortberg.
In response to high demand for exhibition space at the 25th anniversary edition of its annual Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference, to be held Jan. 14-17, 2014, in New Orleans, NBAA has contracted for additional hall space at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, enough to accommodate a record number of exhibiting companies. Last year’s show in San Antonio attracted 425 exhibitors, and so far nearly 500 have signed up for next month’s gathering, which highlights FBOs, fuel providers and airport services, according to NBAA.
Last week Gulfstream noted the one-year anniversary of the first customer delivery of its flagship G650. The ultra-long-range twinjet received its FAA certification on Sept. 7, 2012, after a flight-test program that logged more than 4,400 flight hours over 1,319 flights. EASA approval followed in December. Over the past year, the Savannah-based airframer has delivered nearly 50 of the wide-cabin business jets to customers in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North and South America.