General Dynamics’s aerospace division, which includes Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation, had “a powerful quarter, with the highest revenue, operating earnings [and] operating margins reported in the last six quarters,” according to chairman and CEO Phebe Novakovic. Aerospace revenues for the first half climbed $616 million or 19.2 percent, with operating earnings up $171 million (32.4 percent), she said, “a clear manifestation of Jet Aviation’s return to profitability and the performance improvement at Gulfstream.”
AINalerts » July 25, 2013
Falcon business jet orders increased during the first half of this year while deliveries sagged at the same time, Dassault Falcon said today in its first-half financial results. The order intake, at 27 aircraft, compares favorably with last year’s 25 during the same period. These 27 Falcons are worth €1.24 billion.
General aviation interests are hailing the growth of the House General Aviation Caucus, which has reached a record total of 200 members of the House of Representatives, making it one of the largest and most active caucuses in Washington, D.C. Formed in 2009, the House GA Caucus–and its companion GA Caucus in the Senate–serves as an informal group of lawmakers, assembled to promote the role the industry plays in local communities and the national economy. Both caucuses work to inform debates about policies affecting the general aviation community.
Signature Flight Support officially opened its new FBO at Singapore Changi International Airport on Sunday, just two months after announcing its newest Asian location at EBACE 2013. This location marks the second facility in Asia for Signature. (The company has also invested in the Hong Kong Business Aviation Centre at Chek Lap Kok/Hong Kong International Airport.)
An FAA-conforming Honda Aircraft HondaJet will make its first public appearance next week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. The aircraft will be unveiled on Monday morning in the Phillips 66 Plaza at the EAA AirVenture show grounds at Oshkosh Wittman Regional Airport. AirVenture will be held from July 29 to August 4.
Rockwell Collins unveiled new customizable features for its Airshow 3-D moving-map app for the Apple iPad, including the ability to add company logos and customized place names, as well as access high-resolution city maps. In addition, text in the app can be displayed in up to six languages. The new features are available now through the Apple iTunes App Store as a first-time download or as an Airshow Moving Map app update.
Cessna Aircraft announced the “Sovereign Shield” program yesterday for 2013 Citation Sovereigns, covering all scheduled maintenance and parts costs for these business jets for the first five years or 1,500 flight hours. The program “practically eliminates” maintenance-related direct operating costs for these Citation Sovereigns, Cessna said. According to Cessna, operators covered by the Sovereign Shield program can save more than $3,500 on a 2,000-nm trip compared with operators of competing midsize jets.
Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has teamed with Aerocet to help bring to market the latter company’s new floats for the Quest Kodiak. The carbon-composite floats were designed by Tom Hamilton and the engineering team at Aerocet. MAF has a fleet of 136 airplanes, which includes Quest Kodiaks, that it flies to provide transportation for churches, medical teams, missionaries, relief agencies and others working in isolated corners of the world. Access to some of these remote locations requires float-equipped airplanes.
Swiss air charter broker Vertis Aviation is adding a South African-based Bombardier Global 6000 to its fleet on August 1. The ultra-long-range aircraft will be positioned in Johannesburg to satisfy the growing demand for business jet travel in and around the African continent. Vertis said the Global 6000 will be its first jet marketed from an African location and further underpins the company’s strategy of creating an international network. The aircraft will be operated by a local corporate flight department.
Jet Aviation St. Louis has launched an iPad app for customers to design the interior and exterior of their jets, beginning with Bombardier Challengers. Dubbed iDesignJets, the app allows customers to choose the color, fabric, design themes and floor plans for the interiors of their jets, as well as designs and colors for the exterior. The company said it plans to expand the app to all of the airframes that Jet Aviation St. Louis completes, which includes business aircraft from Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault Falcon, Embraer, Gulfstream and Hawker.
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