The scheduled-airline vacuum at Dubai World Central’s new Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) has created an opportunity for business aviation operators hard pressed to obtain adequate slots at Dubai International Airport (DXB), according to Khalifa Al Zaffin, executive chairman of government-owned Dubai Aviation City Corp., whose main responsibility is construction at Dubai Aviation City.
AINalerts » March 31, 2011
Pilots, flight attendants, dispatchers and other AIN subscribers who have frequent interaction with FBOs provided a total of 23,452 evaluations of more than 1,700 FBOs around the world in their responses to AIN’s 2011 FBO Survey.
Pilots who use Apple’s iPad tablet computer have been lusting for one additional bit of functionality, in-flight weather data. Baron Services, the company that provides XM WX services, is about to fulfill those wishes with its iPad Mobile Link, a $199.99 gadget (introductory price) that lets compatible iPad apps display XM WX while airborne. Baron’s Mobile Link will be available late in the second quarter this year.
Honda Aircraft announced this week that its first production-conforming HondaJet achieved the model’s planned maximum speed during flight testing. The light twinjet reached 425 ktas at 30,000 feet and a maximum Mach of 0.72 above 30,000 feet during a March 11 flight from the company’s Greensboro, N.C. headquarters.
Embraer is more convinced that business aviation is facing a slow recovery than it was last year, when it last issued its forecast for the executive aviation sector. Claudio Camelier, Embraer vice president for executive jet market intelligence, said that there are still concerns about how sustainable the economic recovery will be with forecast gross domestic product growth rates having dipped slightly this year.
The Gulfstream V that had been detained in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since February 4 has been released along with the remaining flight crew and passengers, according to Arcadia Aviation, which manages the aircraft. The aircraft has returned to the U.S. On March 15, the co-captain and flight attendant were allowed to leave.
Two long-time pilot members of Congress have successfully amended the pending House FAA reauthorization bill to preserve the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), co-chairman of the House of Representatives General Aviation Caucus, and Rep.
Yesterday’s announcement that NetJets chairman and CEO David Sokol resigned from his post at that company and two other Berkshire Hathaway-owned firms took the aviation industry, Wall Street and just about everyone else by surprise. Sokol notably turned NetJets around, yet his elimination of redundant aircraft and personnel at the top from the fractional-jet provider was not without its critics.