Aviation International News » August 2012

August 3, 2012 - 4:10am

Atlantic Aviation has established an international operations division, which will offer flight departments, flight followers and handlers of aircraft that are entering the U.S. a single point of contact at the company.

August 3, 2012 - 3:40am
Artists rendition of Jacqueline Cochrane Regional

Construction of a $10 million high-end private hangar complex is slated to begin at Jacqueline Cochrane Regional Airport in Thermal, Calif. by year-end. The brainchild of San Diego developer Karl Higgins, the eight-acre site will include more than 30 hangars ranging in size from 2,100 sq ft to a BBJ-size 20,000-sq-ft. Prices for the two-story hangars, which will be available starting next summer, range from $400,000 to more than $1 million. Higgins told AIN that he increased the size of the project’s largest hangars in response to requests from customers with heavy iron.

August 3, 2012 - 3:20am
Bell helicopter

Helivision sprang from the heart of Nascar country–Concord, N.C.–mainly to provide helicopter aerial camera platforms for race coverage. That was 18 years ago. Motor sports is still a large part of the company’s business, accounting for many of its flight hours between February and November and constantly keeping its two camera helicopters, hauling trucks and crews on the road. “In June 2011 I think I was home all of two days,” says pilot Kevin Knotts, whose father, Buddy, founded and still runs the company today. “Our families are used to it. It is what we do.”

August 3, 2012 - 3:10am

Offshore oil and gas helicopter service provider Bristow has secured new contracts for 20 large aircraft that it expects will generate more than $2 billion in revenue. The deals are a combination of new contracts and extensions of current ones in Australia, Brazil and Europe for Sikorsky S-92s and Eurocopter EC225s.

August 3, 2012 - 2:45am

For LightSquared founder Philip Falcone, a man who has seen his 2008 assets of $28 billion dwindle to less than $5 billion today, having the Securities and Exchange Commission hound him for mishandling the payment of his 2009 personal federal and state taxes of $113 million must be a bit irksome.

August 3, 2012 - 1:55am
Glenn and Joe Hertzler

Camp Systems International expanded its share in the business aviation maintenance-tracking market by purchasing Avtrak on July 9. In early May, Camp was sold by private equity firm Warburg Pincus to another private equity company, GTCR (owner of the Landmark Aviation FBO chain), for a reported $600 million to $700 million. Camp CEO Ken Gray said that he had indicated an interest in buying Avtrak to co-founders Joe and Glenn Hertzler.

August 3, 2012 - 12:15am

Raymond Conner has been promoted to president and CEO at Boeing Commercial Airplanes; previously he was senior v-p of sales and customer support for commercial airplanes. He succeeds James Albaugh, who will retire in October.

Embraer Executive Jets has tapped Jay Beever, previously new product interior design manager at Gulfstream, as v-p of interior design.

Sir Ralph Robins, formerly CEO and executive chairman of Rolls-Royce, has been named non-executive chairman of UK-based global aviation services provider Gama Group.

August 2, 2012 - 5:10am
ConnectJets managing director Gabriella Somerville

UK-based ConnectJets has launched Jet Card Europe as an occupied-hours, all-inclusive block charter program that incorporates a loyalty plan through which members can earn free flight hours and other benefits. Clients can join by signing up for 25 hours or more per year and earn one free flight hour for every 50 hours flown.

August 2, 2012 - 4:40am

The Italian government has approved an amendment to the contentious tax on business aircraft that it made law on April 29. Now, foreign-registered aircraft operated privately will incur the tax only if they stay for 45 consecutive days, rather than the 48-hour threshold in effect until now.

August 2, 2012 - 4:20am
Pentastar iPad yoke

Pentastar Aviation’s new iPad yoke mount for business jets allows pilots to view the iPad in landscape or portrait mode. The viewing angle is also adjustable, and the iPad can be stowed above the yoke in portrait mode. Adapted from Pentastar’s electronic flight bag (EFB) yoke mount, the new mount will be available for Gulfstream jets first, followed by other models under an approved model list supplemental type certificate.