The charter industry is shifting to a new way of thinking about safety. “We are going from a compliance-based ‘Do you meet the regulatory standard?’ to ‘What more should we do, how can we be safe, how can we tell the good story of this industry?’ [Charter] is becoming a larger player in the transportation marketplace.
Aviation International News » April 2008
The Transportation Department’s inspector general issued a report last month that contradicts general aviation’s claim that GA operators are only marginal airspace users. However, the report did support the assertion that GA user groups tend to avoid the large primary metropolitan airports.
Bell Helicopter expects its commercial product backlog to reach $2 billion by the end of the year. The backlog stood at $1 billion on January 1, but the company expects this figure to double once the first production Bell 429 flies late this year, enabling existing customer purchase agreements to move officially into backlog.
The first Bombardier Challenger 890 corporate shuttle entered service in late February with Calgary-based Suncor Energy, a major North American developer of oil sands. The CRJ900 regional jet derivative, which joins Suncor’s Challenger 850 corporate shuttle, will be used to transport workers from the company’s Calgary headquarters to its oil sands in Fort McMurray, Alberta.
Abu Dhabi-based executive charter operator Royal Jet plans to double the size of its fleet by 2013, which will mark the fast-growing operator’s 10th anniversary. By then it expects to have two dozen aircraft and predicts that the total will reach 50 by 2020. Annual revenues are projected to reach $500 million within five years.
In presenting its 2007 technical achievement award to senior engineer Steve Lindsey for his involvement in developing a flight management system for general aviation, Avidyne has allowed a sneak peek at the heart of the company’s next-generation integrated avionics system, dubbed “Entegra Plus” by some in the industry.
The financial straits on Wall Street dashed start-up very light jet air-taxi Pogo Jet’s plans to start selling shares on the Nasdaq stock exchange last month.
The Swiss Altenrhein Airport said a major business aircraft manufacturer will build a new completion and delivery center with a pilot training facility on airport land. The European press mentioned last fall that Grob Aerospace considered opening an SPn delivery center at Altenrhein, but the manufacturer won’t confirm this. Industry observers believe that Grob will indeed set up shop at Altenrhein.
There are now 23 Hawker 4000s in the completion pipeline as Hawker Beechcraft continues function and reliability testing, the last phase before the FAA issues final type approval.
Dassault Aviation CEO and Gifas chairman Charles Edelstenne, speaking at French aerospace trade group Gifas’s annual meeting last month, said the French aerospace industry wrote a record E57.5 billion in orders last year but warned, “These results hide a very worrying reality. With the euro currently valued at over $1.50, orders are less profitable” since the aerospace industry sells its products in U.S. dollars.