NBAA and the European Business Aviation Association are gearing up for the 12th annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE), which starts on Monday in Geneva. “From a number of measures,” an NBAA spokesman told AIN, “it’s clear that this year’s EBACE is shaping up to be as strong as or stronger than last year’s show.”
AINalerts » May 10, 2012
Business aircraft flying activity in the U.S. increased slightly last month, with traffic rising 1.3 percent from a year ago, according to TraqPak data released Tuesday by aviation services company Argus. Part 91 flying continued its positive trend, climbing 4.5 percent year over year.
Activity at charter and fractional providers fell 1 percent and 6.1 percent, respectively, compared with April last year. This marks the 15th consecutive month loss at Part 135 charter companies, though turboprop flying again rose for the second consecutive month, this time by 3.7 percent.
Bombardier’s first-quarter financial results, released this morning, show a decline of company-wide revenue from $4.7 billion to $3.5 billion year over year for the Canadian manufacturer, while revenues for its aerospace division decreased from $2.2 billion to $1.5 billion. “As anticipated, we had lower revenues in the first quarter,” said president and CEO Pierre Beaudoin.
Over the past year some 50 European business jets–roughly 2 percent of the continent’s bizjet population–have been sold to other parts of the world, where fleets have grown by 3 percent, according to business aviation consultant Brian Foley. The majority–79 percent–of these aircraft have found new homes in North America, mostly in the U.S. and Canada. Meanwhile, the rest have gone to Africa (7 percent), Australia (5 percent), South America (5 percent) and Asia (4 percent).
Saudia Private Aviation (SPA) plans to open business-jet FBOs at Saudi Arabia’s four main airports–Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam and Medina–within a year, according to company managing director Wajdi Al Idrissi. The facility at SPA’s Jeddah home base is expected to open next month.
United Technologies (UTC) announced on Monday that Mick Maurer has been appointed president of its Sikorsky Aircraft subsidiary, effective July 1. Maurer, who will succeed the retiring Jeffrey Pino,
joined Sikorsky in 2000 and most recently served as president of the military systems unit.
Pino, who will retire effective July 1, will then serve as a consultant to Sikorsky. He has been Sikorsky’s president since 2006, and during his tenure the helicopter manufacturer has doubled its production rate, according to Louis Chênevert, UTC chairman and CEO.
The fleet of Embraer Phenom 100 light jets reached a combined 100,000 flight hours this week, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. The notch comes 3.5 years after the aircraft type entered service. “This is a significant milestone achieved in such a short time,” said Embraer Executive Jets program vice president Luciano Castro. “The success of the aircraft, with 240 now in service worldwide, results from its flexibility in being able to meet the needs of diverse customers.”
The Daher-Socata TBM 850 turboprop single gained type certification from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which includes Russia, the French aircraft manufacturer said yesterday. “This recognizes…the work of Daher-Socata’s team in conjunction with the CIS aviation authorities, who are known to be demanding in their certification process, especially for operations in extreme weather conditions,” Socata senior vice president Nicolas Chabbert said. With the approval, the company can market its turboprop to the growing CIS market.
Gulfstream Aerospace will hold its biennial operators conference from June 11 to 14 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center. Customers and suppliers attending the conference will receive updates on Gulfstream programs and technical information on the company’s aircraft. The event also serves as a forum for feedback and ideas. “Subject-matter experts at Gulfstream and our suppliers will provide the maintenance, operational and technology updates,” said Gulfstream product support president Mark Burns.
Gama Aviation’s FBO at Sharjah International Airport in the UAE has seen a 25-percent increase in business jet movements in the first quarter versus a year ago. The company, which took over responsibility for all business and general aviation aircraft handling at Sharjah in January, said that business jet movements doubled last month, compared with April 2011. Additionally, a further 20 operators and flight support agencies have signed up for handling agreements with Gama’s Sharjah FBO, it said.
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