The following is the full text of a January 12 letter written by EBAA president Brian Humphries to explain the case for business aviation to European newspaper readers:
Aviation International News » February 2009
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has launched a campaign to make a case for the use of business aircraft during the current recession. The Brussels-based group has asked its members to distribute a letter written by EBAA president Brian Humphries through newspapers and media outlets in their own countries (translated into local languages).
In a rare show of unanimity, the Air Transport Association has joined with general aviation and others in lobbying Congress for a $4 billion stimulus package that could jumpstart NextGen and provide many of its benefits during President Barack Obama’s first term.
Boeing last month said it plans to slash employment at its Commercial Airplanes business by some 4,500 positions this year “as part of an effort to ensure competitiveness and control costs in the face of a weakening global economy.” The cuts lower Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ employment total to approximately 63,500, roughly the level at which it began at the start of last year.
The FAA, EASA and Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency last month granted type certification to the Lineage 1000, the business jet version of the E190 fly-by-wire jetliner. The FAA also approved supplemental type certificates for the Lineage 1000’s interior, designed by Embraer and London-based Priestman Goode and manufactured by Pats Aircraft Completions. The interior features five cabin zones and a private suite with shower.
The February 27 deadline for the public to submit comments about the Transportation Security Administration’s proposal to regulate general aviation operations under the Large Aircraft Security Program (LASP) is rapidly approaching. By January 20, nearly 2,000 comments had been submitted to the TSA (although many are duplicates).
In the next few years, CMC Electronics, Canada’s largest avionics maker and an important player in a number of niche markets, plans to develop an integrated avionics system for business jets that will pit the company directly against industry heavyweights Honeywell and Rockwell Collins.
Among other measures, manufacturers are increasingly looking to layoffs for
cost-cutting as demand dwindles and aircraft production rates drop. Analysts and industry observers look for things to get worse before they get better.
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