Garmin once again placed at the top of AIN’s latest Avionics Product Support Survey, scoring an 8.3 rating (out of a possible 10) this year from AIN readers–the same as last year. L-3 Avionics and Universal Avionics tied for second place, both with 7.8 ratings. L-3 moved up two spots in the 2014 survey ranking, with a half-point jump from last year’s fourth-place rating of 7.3. Universal Avionics also placed second last year.
AINalerts » September 2, 2014
The ninth annual JetExpo business aviation show is set to open on Thursday at Moscow Vnukovo Airport. According to organizers, the three-day event (September 4 to 6) will draw around 75 exhibiting companies and up to 8,000 visitors. No details of the planned static display were available as of press time, but 30 aircraft are expected to be on show–a reduction from the 40 that participated in the 2013 event.
Despite an estimated $535 million overage in aviation insurance claims this year stemming from the recent spate of foreign airline accidents (including two fatal crashes involving Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777s), Corporate Aviation Insurance Group president Matt Drummelsmith doesn’t expect any effect on insurance premiums for U.S.-based aircraft operators.
According to NBAA, IRS officials recently indicated the agency plans to intensify audits of companies for improperly classifying employees as independent contractors, which could include contract pilots frequently used by corporate flight departments. The independent contractor issue is so concerning and complicated that NBAA issued a Best Practices for Utilizing Independent Contractors guide for business aircraft operators in 2011.
Dubai-based Private Jet Charter (PJC) said use of business jets by executives in the Middle East is making a comeback, marking a complete turnaround from the prevailing trend five years ago when most corporations had curtailed such expenditure in response to the global financial crisis.
While CEOs in the Middle East predominantly use corporate jets for business travel to cover the larger geographical areas in the region, they are also starting to fly them more for leisure purposes.
Satcom service provider Gogo rebranded its Aircell business aviation division as Gogo Business Aviation, the company announced today. The move follows a rebranding of its air-to-ground high-speed airborne data service for the business aviation market from Aircell High Speed Internet to Gogo Biz in August 2010. “As Gogo continues to expand its leadership position, its business and commercial aviation divisions now share a single, global brand,” the company said.
Hong Kong-based L’Voyage has become the first independent air charter broker in Asia to uphold the Wyvern Broker Pledge and the Wingman Standard for air charter operations. Wyvern brokers are committed to having a safety program as part of their organization, and to promoting their commitment through the use of Wyvern data programs such as The Wingman Report, Safety Intelligence Report market intelligence and by running trip due-diligence reports on every trip.
Ruag Aviation signed a dealership agreement with Jetcraft to market the HUD Vision Access for the Challenger 604 and 605. Under the agreement, Ruag will sell and install the enhanced flight vision system (EFVS), which includes a head-up display and infrared sensor. By enabling operations in low visibility, the system enables aircraft to taxi, take off and land “under all conditions,” Ruag said, improving safety. The HUD Vision Access also allows pilots to descend below decision height at “most airports” thanks to FAA landing credits for an approved EFVS.
Addison, Texas-based aircraft maintenance and charter company Baker Aviation is now the exclusive distributor for the Hot-Stop L fire containment bag. To mark the occasion, Baker is offering a $100 surrender rebate for competing fire containment bags at time of purchase of a new Hot-Stop L lithium-ion fire containment bag. Last year, Baker Aviation announced the free replacement of any Hot-Stop L bag that has been deployed to contain thermal runaway of lithium ion-powered devices aboard an aircraft.
Regional fractional aircraft provider Executive AirShare received temporary FAA authorization to use the Apple iPad Mini as a Class 1 electronic flight bag (EFB) in its fleet of Learjet 45XRs, Phenom 100s and 300s and King Airs. This authorization is the first step needed to gain full authority for paperless cockpits, which is expected in the first quarter of next year. With the provisional approval, Executive AirShare pilots can perform basic and advanced functions previously performed using paper documents, but flight crews must still carry printed charts as a backup.
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