Nearly 1,200 AIN readers responded to this year’s AIN Product Support Survey, again choosing Gulfstream Aerospace’s large-cabin jets as tops in aftermarket service for newer and older aircraft combined, with an 8.01 overall average. Cessna took second place with a rating of 7.87, the same position it held last year, followed by Gulfstream mid-cabin jets at 7.86.
AINalerts » August 2, 2011
Operators of private aircraft who have relied on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program to protect privacy “should assume their flights will appear” on Internet flight-tracking displays as the government’s plan to limit the program takes effect today, August 2, general aviation groups advised. NBAA and AOPA are challenging the government action in the U.S.
Demand for charter flights anticipated during August showed a marked trailing off compared with a strong showing for July, according to the latest data from online charter portal Avinode. On August 1, the company’s forward-looking demand index stood at 128.88, almost 27 points down on July 1, but just over 30 points higher than it had been 12 months earlier on Aug. 1, 2010.
Embraer released its second-quarter 2011 results in late July, and while the Brazilian OEM recognized an executive jet market that is “showing early stages of recovery” and announced “important sales in recent months,” delivery numbers left something to be desired. Overall, including its commercial aircraft division, Embraer had good news, with second-quarter net revenue of $1.358 billion compared with $1.35 billion for that period in 2010.
Pre-owned business jet, turboprop and helicopter markets showed early signs of improvement in the first half of this year, which is expected to be a second year of correction leading to sustained growth in 2012, according to market information provider JetNet. The company reported 15.3-percent growth in pre-owned business jet retail sale transactions through June compared with the same period in 2010.