With its official emergence from bankruptcy today, the new Beechcraft Corp. returns to the roots planted by founders Walter and Olive Ann Beech in 1932.
AINalerts » February 19, 2013
Business aircraft flying got off to a good–if not spectacular–start this year, increasing by 1.7 percent last month year-over-year, according to TraqPak data released late last week by aviation services company Argus.
Part 135 activity rebounded by 13.5 percent from a year ago, marking its fourth consecutive monthly increase after nearly two years of turbulence in this market segment. Part 91 flying slipped last month by 2.4 percent from last January, while activity at the fractional providers dipped 6.3 percent.
NBAA is welcoming International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) committee proposals to limit aircraft emissions and reduce noise levels in the near term. The Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) at ICAO wrapped up three years of work last Thursday with recommendations for creating both a metric and standards for carbon-dioxide emissions, as well as for reducing aircraft noise levels by 2020.
Inadequate infrastructure, excessive government fees, legal barriers and skills shortages are the main factors holding back the growth of business aviation in Africa, according to a policy document published yesterday by the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA).
The reintroduced Los Angeles Residential Helicopter Noise Relief Act has little chance of being enacted, according to government information website GovTrack.us. S.208 seeks to force the FAA to impose regulations governing helicopter operations in the Los Angeles area. GovTrack.us estimates that the bill has a 4-percent chance of getting out of committee and a 1-percent chance of being enacted.
The second Embraer Legacy 500 flew on Friday, officially entering the flight-test and certification program for the new fly-by-wire twinjet. Since its first flight on November 27, Legacy 500 S/N 1 has logged more than 44 hours over 23 flights. Initial envelope clearances have been completed, and late last month the aircraft started stall testing.
Pilots at Clearwater, Fla.-based fractional provider Avantair voted for organization under the United Transportation Union (UTU) on Thursday. Among the pilots who participated in the election, 80 percent voted in favor of the union. The pilots are now represented under UTU’s transportation division, which represents only one other pilot group–at regional airline Great Lakes Aviation. “We have assured our pilots that negotiations will be made in good faith,” Avantair said.
Piper Aircraft ended 2012 with nearly $149 million in annual revenue from new aircraft sales, up more than 13 percent from the previous year. This revenue increase was the result of a 16-percent rise in deliveries last year to 158 aircraft, 22 more than in 2011. Piper delivered 93 of its top-line M-Class aircraft–including 39 Meridian turboprop singles–compared with 82 the previous year, which also helped the annual revenue mix. Meanwhile, the company named Jack Mill as vice president of engineering today.
Basel, Switzerland-based Amac Aerospace has been granted maintenance organization approval by the State Civil Aviation Administration of Russia. This approval allows Amac to perform base and line maintenance work on all Russian-owned business aircraft, including bizliners. It also allows Amac to undertake heavy maintenance work up to C-checks at its facility at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg. Since receiving the approval, Amac has worked on several Russian-owned jets, including the Gulfstream G450 and G550, Airbus ACJ319 and Boeing BBJ.
The Aviation Home Office, a newly launched independent business aviation consultancy, is offering a range of advisory services for aircraft owners, operators and buyers to ensure reduced operational and management costs, full transparency and complete supplier accountability. It says it can act in aircraft owners’ interest by providing “independent expertise and professional services” on a fiduciary basis. As examples, the company will be able to help operators find billing errors and can assist clients in determining business aircraft values when buying or selling.