Gulfstream Aerospace last week marked the service entry of the 500th Gulfstream outfitted with the manufacturer’s enhanced vision system (EVS). This milestone was reached eight years after the Savannah, Ga.-based company began offering the flight-deck safety technology to large-cabin Gulfstream operators.
AINalerts » September 8, 2009
The three-day Asian Aerospace show kicked off today at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong, with the major business aircraft manufacturers attending in the hopes of tapping into what is expected to be an emerging market for business jets.
Sweden and Italy belatedly have confirmed extensions to the August 31 deadline for operators to register for Europe’s new emissions trading scheme (ETS). Italy is giving operators until September 30 to file plans for monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of carbon emissions, while the Swedes have granted an extension to October 15.
Recent data from Web-based executive charter portal Avinode shows mixed fortunes for charter operators worldwide, but there is no avoiding the overall picture that market conditions are still difficult even during what are generally the busiest months of the year. Avinode’s demand index on September 1 stood at 61.29–16.5 percent down on the 73.46 figure for August 1 and 29.5 percent down on the 86.96 logged on July 1.
Market conditions for pre-owned rotorcraft are “below normal levels and falling,” according to a monthly rotorcraft survey published last week by UBS Investment Research. The firm’s latest rotorcraft composite index, which measures overall business conditions, came in at 40, some 5 percent higher than UBS’s previous survey but still 10 points below conditions that would show expansion.