When business aviation is booming, as it is now, nowhere is it more evident than at FBOs, the place at airports where everybody ends up hanging out, working, planning, preparing, departing and arriving. FBOs are also the place where most people are introduced to non-airline aviation.
Aviation International News » April 2007
Aviation Industry Expo 2007 hosted attendees from across the nation and around the globe, including a 30-person contingent from Russia. Nearly 500 companies exhibited this year, including more than 120 first-timers. NATA’s new-format event focusing on the FBO industry was a resounding success, and PAMA’s Maintenance Olympics was once again a big draw.
Unilaterally imposed work rules and the FAA reauthorization process are among the issues Pat Forrey, new president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (Natca), plans to address during his first year in office. Forrey took over the association’s reins in September after he defeated two-term incumbent John Carr.
In an effort to improve its customer support, Bombardier has opened a new service center at Dallas Love Field and allocated shares equaling one Learjet 45 from its Flexjet fleet to deliver aircraft-on-ground (AOG) parts and mobile repair parties within the U.S. and in some instances transport stranded customers.
The FAA has mailed out invitations to participate in its 2006 General Aviation and Part 135 Activity Survey. Those selected will receive a letter containing directions for the Web-based survey, as well as their unique code to complete it.
Germany-based aerospace consultant PMI-Media lowered its estimated very light jet (VLJ) delivery schedule for this year, based largely on production difficulties encountered by Eclipse Aviation. In its latest report, PMI predicts total VLJ industry deliveries this year will be cut nearly in half, from 205 to 125. Looking toward the future, the report shows an order backlog of more than 4,000 VLJs from 14 different firms.
Grob Aerospace has restarted the flight-test program for its SPn jet, just under three months after the November 29 crash of its second prototype. The first SPn prototype took to the air again on February 23 from the company’s headquarters at Tussenhausen-Mattsies in southern Germany.
DeerJet, one of China’s leading executive charter firms, has leased a Gulfstream IV through U.S. investment firm Bravia Capital Partners. The aircraft, which will be operated under a five-year lease, joins another GIV in the operator’s fleet, along with a Raytheon Hawker 800XP and Premier I.
Avantair, the Clearwater, Fla.-based fractional that operates Piaggio Avantis exclusively, reported an 85-percent increase in Q2 revenue over the same period a year earlier. Sluggish deliveries from Piaggio contributed to an overall loss, though the company does expect to break even upon reaching 40 aircraft in service. If current estimates hold, that will happen by the end of this year.
General aviation interests are encouraged by the appointment of Michal Morgan as Transportation Security Administration (TSA) general manager for general aviation. She previously served as the manager of general aviation for the Office of Operations Policy and the director of special operations for the TSA.