Despite last month’s conclusion by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a joint panel of nine federal agencies, that LightSquared’s plan for a 4G broadband system could not coexist with GPS and should therefore be folded by March 2, the company appealed to the FCC for a 30-day extension to prove its concept is still valid.
AINalerts » March 6, 2012
Demand for charter flights appears to be continuing its upward trend this month, but the prognosis for charter hourly rates is less encouraging on the whole. Online charter portal Avinode says its March 1 demand index is 141.15–23 points higher than last month and 30 points above a year ago.
Pre-owned business jet and turboprop inventories continued to subside in January as sales transactions increased, according to data released by market information firm JetNet. Inventory of used business jets fell to 13.7 percent in January, down by 0.9 percentage points from the year-ago period and down by 0.1 points from December. Business jet sales transactions rose 3.7 percent year-over-year, despite the fact that asking prices firmed up by 14.3 percent from January 2010.
Aircraft window shade manufacturer Aerospace Technology Group (ATG) officially opened its new 65,000-sq-ft headquarters and production facility in Boca Raton, Fla., yesterday. Founded in 1998, ATG designs and manufactures electronic window shade systems for airliners and corporate aircraft. Boeing, Airbus, Gulfstream, Cessna and Dassault install ATG’s products on their business jets. Meanwhile, Emirates, Lufthansa and Qantas, among others, have installed ATG’s electronic shades in their business-class and first-class cabins.
Following yesterday’s reopening of Bangkok Don Mueang Airport, which has been closed since late October due to flooding, private jet operator MJets announced that its home base at the airport is once again fully operational.
According to Dassault, the business jet market in the Middle East is recovering thanks to “economic growth and the rise of strong regional and international operators.” The French aircraft manufacturer is seeing deliveries of Falcons pick up in the Middle East, with three Falcon 7Xs being handed over between October and this month to customers in the region. Middle East operators will take a dozen Falcons over the next 24 months, Dassault noted.
The inaugural Business Jet Interiors World Expo, held late last month in Cannes, France, drew 2,236 attendees from 50 countries. According to Graham Johnson, managing director of event organizer UKIP Media & Events, many exhibitors have already rebooked for next year’s show, to be held March 19 to 21 at Farnborough Airport southwest of London. It will run concurrently with the Business Airport World Expo, as it did in Cannes. Johnson said UKIP has doubled the total available exhibit space for next year’s events and anticipates some 150 exhibitors.
Gulfstream Aerospace said on Friday that its super-midsize G280 received a provisional type certificate from the FAA, some two months after receiving identical approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel. According to Gulfstream, the principal remaining item required before the FAA and CAAI issue full type certificates is an update to the software for the twinjet’s Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics.
Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison told AIN that his company is seeking airframe partners on its new 525 Relentless super-medium twin, which was announced last month at Heli-Expo in Dallas. “We’re looking at that. On the airframe side there are some potential partners that we are in detailed discussions with, but it is too early to announce anything yet,” he said.
Arinc Direct has further developed its iPad app, which was launched at the NBAA Convention last year and designed to be a low-cost electronic flight bag (EFB) solution. The Arinc Direct app will soon include a moving-map display, weather-radar feed, runway analysis and enhanced flight-planning tools.