The FBO industry should expect a flat market this year with spotty increases in fuel sales, according to the results of an annual FBO industry survey conducted by John Enticknap and Ron Jackson, principals of the Aviation Business Strategies Group (ABSG). Their findings, released today at the NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in New Orleans, predict that approximately half the marketplace will see a small increase in fuel volume.
AINalerts » January 16, 2014
Piaggio Aero Industries’ new industrial plant in Villanova d’Albenga, Italy, a future production facility for the Avanti II twin turboprop, is expected to be completed soon and fully functional by the first quarter of next year, the aircraft manufacturer told AIN. Originally set to be up and running last year after its 2011 groundbreaking, the factory is the linchpin of Piaggio’s single-production-site strategy intended to improve the efficiency of its aircraft manufacturing and MRO activities.
BizjetMobile has introduced the new Grrrilla Inmarsat-based portable communications device, which allows airborne users to access the Internet and send text messages and emails from almost anywhere in the world. Unlike its current Iridium-based systems, BizjetMobile’s Grrrilla enables users to download email attachments or surf the Internet for as long as needed.
A no-reserve auction held on Friday in a warehouse just a mile from Avantair’s former Clearwater (Fla.) Airport headquarters raised a “couple of million” dollars for the estate of the bankrupt fractional aircraft company, according to auctioneer Starman Bros. Auctions. Citing rules under bankruptcy laws, auctioneer president Steve Starman told AIN that he couldn’t provide a more detailed account of the funds raised.
A $1.1 trillion spending plan easily passed the House of Representatives yesterday and is awaiting action by the Senate, expected no later than tomorrow. Congress then departs Washington for a week of vacation anchored by Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday.
To represent a wider array of stakeholders in business aviation, the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) has launched two new membership categories: academic institutions and professional individuals. This is in addition to its existing member categories for business aircraft operators, suppliers and affiliates.
A record-high 2,600 people are expected to attend the 2014 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, which opened yesterday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans and runs through tomorrow. This year’s theme is “Take the Lead,” and keynote speaker Betty Shotton, the CEO of LiftOff Leadership, delved into the possibilities and obstacles faced in business aviation careers during yesterday morning’s opening general session. Dozens of other interactive education sessions are planned during the conference.
Business aircraft remanufacturer Nextant Aerospace appointed JetHQ as its exclusive sales agent for Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Turkey and Lebanon. These countries represent some of the most active private aviation markets in the Middle East, Nextant said. JetHQ and its Dubai-based managing director, Garett Jerde, will play a “key role” in expanding Nextant’s sales, marketing and customer service strategy in the region, it said. JetHQ has brokered a variety of business aircraft in the region, including those from Beechcraft, Hawker, Bombardier, Gulfstream and AgustaWestland.
Quest Aircraft recently delivered three Kodiak turboprop singles to TAME EP Airlines in Ecuador, the Sandpoint, Idaho company announced yesterday. The aircraft will be used for passenger transport and eco-tourism, in conjunction with the Ecuadorian Amazon Connectivity Project, an initiative of the Ecuadorian government to offer reliable transportation to and from remote areas of the country. With these latest deliveries, the Kodiak is now approved in 14 countries, said Quest, which expects more new certifications this year.
FBOs in the World Fuel Services Network can now use the FlightAware FBO ToolBox tracking suite at discounted rate through an agreement announced today by the two companies at NBAA’s Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in New Orleans. The FBO ToolBox software includes new features that give FBO managers more information about the flying habits of current and prospective customers.