The number of pre-owned business jets for sale has hovered around the 2,500 level over the past several years since climbing from about 1,600 before 2008, according to business aviation market information firm JetNet. While pre-owned business jet inventory is now receding as a percent of the in-service fleet, it is doing so only because of new aircraft entering service, the company said.
AINalerts » March 26, 2013
A statement by India’s ministry of civil aviation on Thursday has eased norms for import of all aircraft into the country. The government’s Aircraft Acquisition Committee (AAC)–which was set up some five months ago, headed by the minister of civil aviation and responsible for clearance of every aircraft imported into the country–has also been abolished, “as it is no [longer] relevant,” said the statement.
Some business aviation and smaller airline operators are facing the prospect of fines for failing to meet the European Union’s April 30 deadline for submitting carbon credits under the emissions trading scheme (ETS), according to carbon trading specialist CF Partners.
The third Embraer Legacy 500 joined the flight-test fleet on Friday, after making its initial flight from the company’s São José dos Campos, Brazil facility. “With the first two prototypes already well into the flight-test program, the first flight of the third Legacy 500 is a major milestone for the program,” said Embraer Executive Jets president Ernest Edwards. “The four-aircraft test program is designed to ensure all systems and features on the Legacy 500 reach maturity before entering service.
UK-based Bristow Helicopters, an affiliate of the Texas-based Bristow Group, today announced a 10-year contract with the UK’s Department for Transport for search-and-rescue (SAR) services for all of the country. The $2.5 billion agreement has a phased-in transition period beginning in April 2015 and continuing until July 2017.
Under the contract, Bristow will provide 11 Sikorsky S-92s and 11 AgustaWestland AW189 medium-twin helicopters across 10 UK bases. Each SAR base will operate either two S-92s or two AW189s. In addition, there will be two training aircraft.
Cessna Aircraft rolled out the 400th production Citation CJ3 from its production facility in Wichita yesterday. The light business jet is in its ninth year of service, Cessna noted. “This milestone is testimony to the CJ line,” said Don Beverlin, business leader for the CJ line, which currently includes the CJ2+, CJ3 and CJ4. “The Cessna operators who build and the technicians who service the CJ products take great pride in providing the customer with a safe, reliable product that meets all their transportation needs.
A new Embraer Legacy 650 level-D flight simulator at FlightSafety International’s St. Louis learning center has received approval from the FAA, EASA and Brazil’s Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil. Legacy 650 training will start at this location in the second quarter. FlightSafety serves Embraer as its factory-authorized training provider for the E-Jets line of commercial jets, as well as the Lineage and Legacy executive jets.
Connecticut-based FBO operator Volo Aviation has been awarded a five-year contract to manage the lone FBO at Capital City Airport in New Cumberland, Pa. Known formerly as CXY Aviation, the FBO was recently purchased by Skyport Holdings, an investment group that brought Volo in to run the facility. It will be rebranded as the third Volo Aviation location, along with FBOs at Sikorsky Memorial Airport in Bridgeport, Conn., and Sebring (Fla.) Regional Airport.
Aircell’s Gogo Biz in-flight Internet service for business aircraft will be expanded to include coverage over Canada starting in the first quarter of next year, the company announced today. At present, Gogo Biz allows passengers and flight crews to have high-speed Internet access above 10,000 feet in the continental U.S. and portions of Alaska, using their own Wi-Fi enabled laptops, tablets, smartphones, electronic flight bags and other mobile devices. No roaming fees will be assessed when using Gogo Biz in Canada, Aircell noted.
Bombardier Flexjet appointed Ryan McGinn as sales director for the New York City territory, where he will sell fractional jet ownership, jet cards and charter brokerage services to clients in the area. McGinn comes to Flexjet from a 20-year career at Callaway Golf, where he was the top sales director for the past 10 years. He also has previous experience in the aviation industry through his tenure at America West Airlines, where he served as a customer service representative for three years.