Aviation International News » April 2010

March 30, 2010 - 7:58am

Leading flight planning and handling groups have abandoned Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport after Airports of Thailand (AOT) awarded exclusive handling rights for business aircraft operations to local charter operator MJets. They say they have been compelled to establish alternative handling operations at the Thai capital’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport over concerns about the new handling operation at Don Mueang.

March 30, 2010 - 6:31am

Pre-clearance of business aircraft for U.S. Customs and immigration checks began at Shannon Airport on the west coast of Ireland on March 1. However, contrary to earlier expectations, it is restricted to Part 91 private flights and operators can fly only into a limited number of U.S. airports.

March 30, 2010 - 6:28am

Former NetJets Europe executive Chris Moody claims he has helped to bring liquidity back into the market for fractional shares in business aircraft by offering a way to buy and sell shares without incurring what he regards as the prohibitive fees associated with fractional ownership contracts.

March 30, 2010 - 5:49am

Key airspace safety and modernization efforts contained in the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) will play a vital role in spurring long-term sustained growth in air travel and the nation’s overall economic health, the FAA predicts in its annual aviation forecast.

March 30, 2010 - 5:41am

Pre-owned business jet prices are down 40 percent from the heights of 2008 and are now on average 15 percent below “market value,” Aircraft Post president

March 30, 2010 - 5:40am

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) approved Eclipse Aerospace as its newest member, bringing the international trade association’s membership to 67. Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aerospace is providing service for the fleet of more than 250 Eclipse 500s. The company acquired the former Eclipse Aviation out of bankruptcy in September.

March 30, 2010 - 5:39am

Business aviation market advisor Brian Foley said business jet deliveries in India are healthier than in most Western countries, but the volume isn’t on par with mature markets. However, he noted that India’s growing share of business jet deliveries has clearly caught the attention of aircraft manufacturers. “In 2009, India’s bizjet fleet grew by 14 percent versus a worldwide figure of 5 percent,” Foley said.

March 30, 2010 - 5:35am

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) launched RA Check, an FAA-endorsed flight-risk assessment tool (Frat) designed to consider the

March 30, 2010 - 5:34am

Aviation Partners and Aviation Partners Boeing said their blended winglet technology has saved airlines and private jet operators from burning two billion gallons of jet-A. This represents a global reduction in CO2 emissions of almost 21.5 million tons, the company said. Aviation Partners winglets are currently flying on more than 3,700 airplanes and 21 different models.

March 30, 2010 - 5:33am

Last month at the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) annual conference in London, Cessna vice president of corporate communication Robert Stangarone emphasized the need for the industry to continue communicating the value and benefits of business aviation. “Everyone in our industry should consider himself [an] ambassador,” he said.