NetJets Europe has achieved its goal of reducing flight crew capacity by 60,000 pilot duty days per year in response to declining demand for its fractional ownership and block charter services.
AINalerts » August 4, 2009
The trustee in the Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings for Eclipse Aviation late last week asked the bankruptcy court to approve the sale of the former very light jet manufacturer’s assets essentially “free and clear of liens, claims, encumbrances and other interests pursuant to the Agreement [with Eclipse Aerospace].” If all goes smoothly and no other bidders emerge, in a few weeks Eclipse Aerospace will close on a $40 million deal to buy the a
The FAA yesterday amended its certification standards for icing protection on transport-category airplanes. The new rule, which goes into effect September 2, will require new systems to increase pilot situational awareness during icing conditions.
This year will be one of the most challenging on record for new business jet orders, according to business aviation industry consulting firm Brian Foley Associates. “We could easily end the year with the industry as a whole having more order cancellations than new [orders],” said company president Brian Foley.
In the latest annual AIN Product Support Survey, released yesterday, readers rated Gulfstream number one overall for both newer and older business jet support, while Pilatus ranked highest for new turboprops and Mitsubishi topped the rankings for older turboprops. In the newer jets category, Cessna came in second, followed by Boeing BBJ in third place.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association’s second-quarter shipment and billings report, released this afternoon, shows that general aviation airplane shipments so far this year fell 45.9 percent, from 1,918 in the first half of last year to 1,037 in the same period this year. Industry billings are down 22.7 percent to $9.26 billion.