Aviation International News » April 2011

April 1, 2011 - 4:00am

Printable version of the FBO Report, FBO Ratings and Readers Comments

1. J.A. Air Center, Aurora Municipal Airport (ARR), Sugar Grove, Ill.

March 31, 2011 - 2:05pm

Beginning next month, Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL) will be experiencing runway closures for resurfacing. The 9,000-foot main runway (9L) will be closed for approximately two months, leaving 6,930-foot Runway 13/31 as the primary runway. Runway 9R will close for construction beginning next year, while Runway 13/31 will be permanently decommissioned in 2013.

March 31, 2011 - 1:55pm

U.S. business aircraft flight activity at Part 91 operators surged 5.8 percent in February year-over-year, but the increase wasn’t enough to offset declines at Part 135 charter and Part 91K fractional firms, according to TraqPak data released last month by aviation services company Argus.

March 31, 2011 - 1:40pm

The FAA and the European Union signed an agreement to work together on NextGen research. The agreement, sealed in Budapest last month, calls for both sides to research the interoperability of avionics, communication protocols and procedures, as well as operational methods under NextGen and its European counterpart, the Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar).

March 31, 2011 - 1:30pm

In just two years, Embraer has moved from a minor player in the business jet market–garnering only 3 percent of market share by volume in 2008–to one that now corners almost one-fifth of deliveries in this segment, with 19 percent. The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer told AIN last year that it is seeking at least 30 percent by volume.

March 31, 2011 - 1:25pm

The Shanghai International Business Aviation Show, hosted by the Shanghai Association for Science & Technology and Shanghai Society of Aeronautics, is making its debut this month. The new event, which is intended to be an annual show, is being held at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport Business Aviation Center from April 13 to 15.

March 31, 2011 - 1:10pm

Cessna Aircraft chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton told a congressional panel last month that the general aviation industry is concerned the FAA will not have sufficient funding to grant new approvals for aircraft and aircraft parts, which could cripple President Obama’s national export initiative.

March 31, 2011 - 9:35am

Cessna Aircraft has confirmed to AIN that it will end production this summer for the Citation CJ1+, the light jet that descends directly from the original CitationJet, which entered service in 1993. The CitationJet was redesignated the CJ1 in 1998 when Cessna added a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 glass cockpit. In 2004 it became the CJ1+ with the addition of Fadec-equipped Williams FJ44-1AP engines and a 100-pound mtow increase.

March 31, 2011 - 8:45am

At this year’s Heli-Expo, Bell CEO John Garrison was adamant that the company could afford a new civil helicopter program. “Capital-wise we have the ability to invest in new platform development. That is not a constraint. We just have to pick and choose,” Garrison said, declining to identify the market sectors Bell was considering. “The business has the ability to fund it.”

March 31, 2011 - 8:11am

The copilot and flight attendant who were detained in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) along with a Gulfstream V have been freed and have returned to the U.S., according to a source close to the flight crew. The pilot and passengers have flown to Kinshasa, DRC.