ForeFlight has added geo-referenced approach plates and airport diagrams to its Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch application. The new ForeFlight HD Pro costs $149.99 per year and includes geo-referenced charts and airport diagrams provided by Seattle Avionics. ForeFlight HD subscribers can upgrade and receive credit for remaining HD subscriptions.
Aviation International News » April 2011
Following a certification and verification process, the European Commission approved the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (Egnos) “safety-of-life” service for aviation last month. Egnos is closely similar to, and compatible with, the U.S. Waas satellite-based augmentation system that corrects timing errors in GPS signals, enabling GPS precision approaches and shorter, more-direct routes.
There were 136 private jets registered in India as of mid-March, according to new data published by the Firestone Management Group. Over the past 36 months, no fewer than 43 aircraft have been delivered to customers in India, representing a growth rate of 46 percent.
With Europe’s economy facing another year of uncertainty, the 2011 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (Ebace) will open to a business aviation community that is increasingly impatient for signs of a lasting recovery. At face value, some indicators since last year’s event are encouraging, with traffic levels climbing in an intermittent way.
Quest Aircraft, the Sandpoint, Idaho-based manufacturer of the Kodiak turboprop single, secured recapitalization and new investment funding from private investors last month. The amount of funding was not disclosed, but company president and CEO Paul Schaller said it “positions Quest to meet the needs of multiple market segments as the general aviation industry continues to recover.”
Stuart B. Millner and Associates has begun auctioning assets of three Wichita-area plants being closed by Hawker Beechcraft. The work done at these plants is being subcontracted out to vendors or moved to Hawker Beechcraft’s facilities in Mexico. A number of general fabrication machinery items that can be used in many industrial applications are available for sale, as are some aerospace-specific items.
Pilatus Business Aircraft is now delivering new PC-12 NG turboprop singles with an Apple iPad containing delivery documents, owner’s manuals and aviation apps, the latter including ForeFlight and MyRadar Pro. The company claims it is the world’s first aircraft manufacturer to offer such a program to customers.
Revenues at Berkshire Hathaway’s “other services” segment–which includes fractional jet provider NetJets and flight-training company FlightSafety International–climbed by $770 million (up 12 percent year-over-year), to $7.4 billion, according to the company’s 2010 financial results. Pre-tax profits at the division soared to $984 million, versus a $91 million loss in 2009.
Representatives from a wide variety of industries, companies and associations, including AOPA and GAMA, have joined together to form the Coalition To Save Our GPS to resolve a “serious threat” to GPS.
Hawker Beechcraft received type certification from the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand for the King Air 350i turboprop twin. First deliveries of the aircraft started in January. In other news at Hawker Beechcraft, the company appointed Patrick Kelly interim CFO and principal financial officer. Former CFO Sid Anderson resigned in January.