NetJets Europe has introduced into its workforce the first nine new pilots to complete its ab initio training program. The pilots joined the company’s flight crew roster in November and December, having graduated from the course run for the fractional ownership provider by Oxford Aviation Training in the UK. A further 38 ab initio pilots are due to graduate this year, followed by 21 more next year.
AINalerts » February 17, 2009
Hawker Beechcraft reported net sales of $3.5 billion and operating income of $135.5 million last year, though it also posted a net after-tax loss of $139.9 million. Net bookings for the year were $4.8 billion and year-end backlog was $7.6 billion.
For the first time in five years, worldwide deliveries of general aviation airplanes declined in 2008 (dragged down by slumping piston deliveries), but business jet and turboprop shipments increased by double digits and industry billings climbed to $24.8 billion, a 13.4-percent increase over 2007, according to an annual report released this morning by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
NBAA and GAMA today swept the dust off the slogan “No Plane, No Gain”, which was launched by the two associations in 1993 to highlight the benefits of business aircraft but was later left to quietly fade away as the industry prospered. But in light of the current recession and recent attacks on business aviation by the general media and politicians, the aviation groups have resurrected the brand.