MIU Events and Exhibitions Group India is hosting the Indian Business Aviation Expo from February 21 to 23 at the Hotel Shangri-La in New Delhi. The 2011 event has been expanded to include more exhibitors, and delegates can attend sessions that include the prospects for business aviation in the region, aircraft financing issues in India and regulatory and infrastructure challenges in the emerging country. Registration is $240 per person.
Aviation International News » December 2010
BAE Systems and Design Q have unveiled the latest cabin concept for the Avro Business Jet, an executive version of BAE’s Avro RJ and BAE 146 regional jets. The concept is known as ABJ Fusion, and the cabin on display at the NBAA Convention in October was the third of five designs created by Design Q on behalf of BAE Systems. The first two were introduced at Ebace in Geneva this past spring.
Jeppesen introduced a new Web-based charting solution for the business aviation market. Dubbed Jeppesen eChart Viewer, the online product allows chart access from anywhere in the world and includes an auto-update service that eliminates the need for manual chart updates. Pilots can also print charts on the go from any computer, as well as use the included preflight planning tool.
NBAA and the Asian Business Aviation Association are resurrecting the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Abace). Under a recently struck agreement, the event will be held annually beginning in 2012 at Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai, China. Abace 2012 will be held in the new Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Center from Feb. 28 to March 1, 2012.
Bombardier Aerospace officially inaugurated its new Learjet 85 component manufacturing facility at the Queretaro Aerospace Park in Mexico. Construction of the 185,000-sq-ft center was completed in July, and fabrication of development parts started soon afterward. Parts for the first Learjet 85 are now being built, Bombardier said.
While the FAA has filed a “difference” explaining that it does not have a formal safety management system (SMS) rule for aircraft operators, despite the ICAO November 18 deadline that is now passed, it is in the process of SMS rulemaking.
International demand will be important to the recovery of the business jet market and will account for an increased proportion of future sales, Cessna vice president for international sales Trevor Esling said last month at the Future of Business Jets conference in London. Regions such as Eastern Europe and Russia, Latin America and the Middle East will become more significant business aviation markets alongside the U.S.
With completion of its acquisition of most of the former DeCrane Aerospace assets, Goodrich of Charlotte, N.C., showcased its expanded completion and refurbishment capability at the NBAA Convention in October.
Cirrus Aircraft said it is continuing to refine the design of the SF50 Vision single-engine jet but further development “is paced by funding,” according to chairman Dale Klapmeier. It has selected 91 percent of the suppliers for the jet and has begun development work on the jet’s parachute system, including nine test drops using weights.
Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) will serve as co-chair of the House General Aviation Caucus when the 112th Congress convenes next month. “We are pleased that Congressman Graves has agreed to serve as co-chairman of the House General Aviation Caucus in the new Congress,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “He has been a tireless advocate on behalf of general aviation during his service in the House.” Graves will replace retiring Rep.