With Senate approval of a four-year FAA reauthorization package yesterday afternoon, the measure now goes to the White House for the President’s signature. The Senate action ended more than four years of foot-dragging and often contentious debate, along with a record 23 short-term extensions of the FAA’s programs and funding since the last four-year reauthorization expired in the fall of 2007.
AINalerts » February 7, 2012
Hawker Beechcraft announced today that Robert S. “Steve” Miller has been appointed CEO and that former Hawker Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture “will remain as chairman of its operating subsidiary, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation.” Miller is currently chairman of American International Group and a director at Symantec. Miller was instrumental in the turnaround of Chrysler in the early 1970s and many companies since then. He is author of the book The Turnaround Kid: What I Learned Rescuing America’s Most Troubled Companies.
CitationAir has stopped selling fractional shares in new aircraft and ceased renewals for current fractional-share customers, the Cessna Aircraft subsidiary confirmed to AIN yesterday. Effective last week, “CitationAir will be streamlining our offerings to deliver those products in our portfolio that have demonstrated the greatest customer demand,” CitationAir president and CEO William Schultz wrote in an email sent to employees.
The first NBAA business aviation regional forum in 2012 was held in New Orleans on Thursday, marking “a triumphant return to the Crescent City” six years after Hurricane Katrina forced the association to move its annual convention from the flood-damaged region. “NBAA is pleased with the results of the New Orleans forum,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
Less than 12 hours after the Giants beat the Patriots on Sunday at the Indianapolis-hosted Super Bowl, area FBOs were just beginning to be able to enjoy their own victory celebrations. “The weather was great. The people were great. It was a fabulous experience,” said Andrea Montgomery, co-owner of Indianapolis Executive-based Montgomery Aviation. “We had to do a little de-icing at around midnight. We had pretty much everyone out of here by 2:30 a.m.
Cessna Aircraft announced on Thursday that the range of its new midsize Citation Latitude is being extended to 2,300 nm. “The additional range is the result of refinement from wind-tunnel testing and other analysis,” a company spokeswoman told AIN. The payload will remain unchanged, she said. Cessna has not yet made the aircraft weights public.
Embraer performed the Legacy 500 first engine run on January 17 at its headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil, the company said yesterday. Between the midsize jet’s December 23 rollout and the first run of its Honeywell HTF7500E engines, Embraer conducted several ground tests, including APU and refueling tests.
Bombardier Aerospace selected Phoenix-based Aviation Performance Solutions to provide live upset recovery training as part of its Leading Edge Program offered to Learjet, Challenger and Global customers. Like its Safety Standdowns, “The Bombardier Leading Edge program promotes knowledge and skills-based training along with each individual pilot’s discipline and responsibility as essential elements of aviation professionalism and safety,” said Capt. Rick Rowe, manager of Safety Standdown programs at Bombardier.
NBAA joined more than 60 businesses and organizations nationwide in signing a letter urging Congress to extend “bonus” depreciation, which allows for accelerated cost recovery of strategic purchases, including business aircraft. Bonus depreciation included in legislation signed into law in 2010 fell from 100 percent to 50 percent this year.
Randy Groom recently restarted his aerospace consulting firm, Groom Aviation, and signed Raisbeck Engineering as his first client. Groom was most recently an executive vice president at Piper Aircraft and previously president of Beechcraft. In his renewed role as a consultant, he rejoins Raisbeck to represent all of its dealers in the U.S., with emphasis on relations with Hawker Beechcraft and Hawker Beechcraft Services.