The U.S. business jet charter market is set to continue its recovery next year, according to projections online charter portal Avinode released this week at NBAA 2014. It predicts 3.5-percent year-over-year growth in charter flights in the U.S. next year. By U.S. region, the South is expected to see gains of 4 percent; West, 3.6 percent; Northeast, 3.3 percent; and Midwest, 2.5 percent.
AINalerts » October 23, 2014
Flight operations support group Nexus announced the acquisition of aviation risk management and safety audit provider Wyvern Consulting from online charter portal Avinode. In an October 22 announcement, the company also confirmed the appointment of the following three business aviation veterans to Wyvern’s board: former NetJets executive Vincent Santulli, former Beechcraft executive Shawn Vick and former FAA associate administrator Nick Sabatini. Wyvern CEO Art Dawley, an experienced corporate pilot and flight department manager, also has joined the board.
Honeywell demonstrated control of its Ovation Select cabin management system with Google Glass this week at NBAA 2014. The demonstration is part of a new rapid-prototyping effort under way at Honeywell to develop products and features.
Airbus Helicopters received EASA certification for its upgraded EC135T3/P3 light twin, a model that was announced at Heli-Expo last year. Powered by a pair of Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 Plus (T3) or Pratt & Whitney Canada PW206B3 (P3) turboshafts, the new version of the EC135 offers 440 pounds more payload in hot-and-high conditions.
Indian lawmakers are considering a proposal by the country’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that would revoke the commercial licenses of nonscheduled operator permit (NSOP) holders with fewer than three aircraft available for charter. Affected NSOPs that do not augment their fleet to at least three aircraft within one year will have to operate in the private category, depriving them of permission to offer charters.
Last week the FAA and its partners in the NextGen Advisory Committee submitted a plan to Congress to accelerate the implementation of NextGen ATC procedures. The NextGen Priorities Joint Implementation Plan seeks approval to begin the rollout of NextGen’s advanced features and introduce the benefits they produce.
Aviation journalist Paul Lowe, AIN’s Washington, D.C.-based editor for more than two decades, is this year’s recipient of NBAA’s David Ewald Platinum Wing Award, which recognizes lifetime achievement and excellence in journalism. Wilson Leach, AIN co-founder and managing director, accepted the award on behalf of Lowe, who unfortunately was unable to attend the NBAA 2014 media breakfast on Tuesday.
Trip support and ground handling group Jetex Flight Support announced a preliminary agreement with Brazilian real estate company JHSF to establish an operations center at the São Paulo-area Catarina Executive Airport. Brazil’s first dedicated business aviation airport is set to open in 2016 and is expected to house several FBOs and aircraft maintenance facilities. Jetex’s expansion into Brazil is the next stage of a strategy to expand its presence in the Americas following the recent opening of a new operations center in Miami.
Cessna’s recently certified Citation X+ set a number of recognized city-pair speed records as part of a two-day campaign, including a flight time of 4 hours 52 minutes from Seattle (Wash.) King County International Airport to Opa Locka (Fla.) Executive Airport near Miami. The Citation X+ departed Wichita Mid-Continent Airport for Seattle, before dashing the 2,364 nm to Miami, returning to Seattle and then back to Wichita. The westbound coast-to-coast flight took 5 hours 13 minutes and reached FL470.
Jet Aviation signed a management agreement with Executive Flight Support (EFS) that will see its FBO at Lynden Pinding International Airport in the Bahamas rebranded as Jet Aviation Bahamas starting next year. The current EFS facility includes 305,000 sq ft of ramp space and a 10,000-sq-ft terminal that houses 24-hour customs and immigration, concierge service, customer offices, pilot lounge and flight planning room, executive lounges, conference room, onsite car rental and 20,000 sq ft of hangar space.
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