Ross Aviation announced this week at NBAA 2013 that it is partnering with Cessna to support the 2014 Citation Special Olympics Airlift. The company’s Ronson Aviation facility at Trenton (N.J.) Mercer Airport will be the host FBO, welcoming the special athletes and coaches; staging arrivals and departures; hosting pilots, crew and aircraft owners; providing discounted jet fuel; and handling the hundreds of Citations involved in the airlift. Ross has also pledged a donation to the Special Olympics based on the gross profits from fuel sales during the event.
AINalerts » October 23, 2013
Cessna Aircraft inked a deal with Yunnan Ruifeng General Aviation Co. this week at NBAA 2013 that will see Citation Mustangs being flown for charter services in China for the first time. Yunnan Ruifeng is acquiring two Citation Mustangs to operate charter flights in China. First delivery is scheduled for December, with the second delivery following next year. The Chinese operator was founded in 2011 and already flies a Cessna Grand Caravan for sightseeing flights in southwest China.
Nextant Aerospace announced an order for up to fifty 400XTis worth $202.5 million from Elkhart, Ind.-based aircraft charter firm Travel Management Company (TMC) today at NBAA 2013. The agreement is for the conversion of TMC’s entire Hawker 400XP fleet.
NBAA presented its 2013 Gold Wing Award for Journalism Excellence yesterday to Wichita Eagle reporter Molly McMillin yesterday at the NBAA Convention. She won the award for her story, “Corporate Planes Give Business Owners an Edge,” published on Dec. 13, 2012. McMillin’s story “helped put forward the true face of business aviation,” NBAA said. It also described the stress that the recession and Washington rhetoric has put on the companies using business aviation to survive and compete in an “unforgiving” economy and global marketplace.
Today at NBAA 2013, Bombardier Aerospace launched its MAX maintenance program for the Challenger 605, designed to reduce direct maintenance costs to owners and operators and increase dispatch availability by extending required maintenance intervals by as much as 50 percent.
Gulfstream Aerospace’s deliveries of completed aircraft more than doubled to 38 aircraft (32 large-cabin and six midsize jets) in the third quarter versus 17 large-cabin jets in the same period a year ago, parent company General Dynamics said during its quarterly investor conference call this morning. In the first nine months, Gulfstream shipped 103 outfitted airplanes (87 large cabin, 16 midsize), a nearly 81-percent rise from the 57 aircraft (52 large cabin, five midsize) handed over to customers in the same period last year.
Private aviation membership services JetSuite and Wheels Up have forged a new partnership that will give reciprocal benefits to their customers. The agreement, which was announced today at the NBAA show in Las Vegas, will see Wheels Up members gaining access to JetSuite’s fleet of Embraer Phenom 100 and Cessna Citation CJ3 aircraft, giving them a light jet alternative to the new company’s Beechcraft King Air 350i turboprop twins.
The second-day opening session today at NBAA 2013 brought together top executives from leading business and general aviation advocacy groups to discuss how to advance the needs of private aviation in a time of political gridlock and fiscal constraints. “This industry is enormously heavily regulated by the federal government,” NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen told attendees, “so the shutdown has a disproportionate impact on this industry.”
NBAA released a new Nexa study, “Business Aviation and the World’s Top Performing Companies,” yesterday at NBAA 2013, showing that companies based around the world who use business aircraft outperform those that do not. Mirroring a previous Nexa study on U.S. companies, the latest results showed that international companies using business aircraft excel in revenue growth, innovation, employee satisfaction and market share.
The first of 56 Avanti P.180 turboprop twins from the former fleet of bankrupt Avantair has had its airworthiness certificate revalidated by the FAA, Italian aircraft manufacturer Piaggio told AIN yesterday at NBAA 2013. Avantair was grounded in June, and the airworthiness certificates for all of its aircraft were revoked by the FAA, due to lax maintenance.
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