Aviation International News » February 2009

January 30, 2009 - 5:31am

EMS Technologies has signed a “definitive agreement” to acquire Moorestown, N.J.-based Formation, a provider of airborne wireless network products that enable
in-flight passenger communication with terrestrial and satellite networks.

January 30, 2009 - 5:30am

Cabin environment continues to become more important as a point of customer focus, particularly on long-haul private jets. Gore Design Completions of San Antonio recently ordered the Cair cabin environment package from CTT Systems of Nyköping, Sweden. Cair provides a cabin with 25-percent relative humidity, compared with the more typical 3- to 5-percent level.

January 30, 2009 - 5:30am

Nordam recently laid off 63 employees, primarily from its interiors and structures division, which is responsible–for the most part–for business aviation cabin components.

January 30, 2009 - 5:29am

ExecuJet Aviation Group has opened a new aircraft interiors showroom at its Zurich Airport headquarters. The interiors-dedicated space is located above the company’s FBO and expands ExecuJet’s interiors service, from aircraft acquisition to cabin completion and refurbishment management to delivery.

January 30, 2009 - 5:28am

Richard Gray’s Power Company (RGPC) of New Orleans has introduced RGPC ClearSky, “the first power management system designed specifically for audio/video equipment on private aircraft.” SkyTheater, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based specialist in highly customized cabin entertainment systems, is the exclusive integrator of ClearSky.

January 29, 2009 - 11:14am

As the global economy churns, the aviation finance market holds its breath. A recent report from UK-based aviation analysis firm IBA Group predicts that financing will become even more difficult to secure as the year progresses, as lenders chart a cautious course through the turmoil.

January 29, 2009 - 11:13am

The standoff between buyers and sellers over the last six months is beginning to show some wear. It seems that sellers had been concentrating on where prices were six months ago, as buyers were predicting where they would be six months forward. The dichotomy in perspectives aided in slowing transactions to a crawl.

January 29, 2009 - 10:45am

Rectrix Aerodrome Centers is aiming to raise the bar for FBOs by building “five star” facilities with service and amenities to match. Additionally, the company intends to shake up the market by injecting fresh ideas such as its Hangarminiums, a condo-type arrangement for hangars, and possibly two-level hangars, for which Rectrix holds a patent.

January 29, 2009 - 10:43am

The new Branson Airport serving the popular Branson, Mo. tourist destination has a slightly confusing airport identifier. The official FAA location identifier is BBG (ICAO KBBG), but airlines and their passengers will use the International Air Transport Association code BKG. BBG was unavailable for the IATA code because it is already used for Butaritari Airport in Kiribati in the Gilbert Islands chain in the South Pacific.

January 29, 2009 - 10:42am

Since opening a new business aviation facility six months ago, the UK’s Oxford Airport continues to record increased traffic. A new 21,000-sq-ft hangar is scheduled to open shortly, and the airport is considering erecting new T-hangars and adding a second floor to the general aviation terminal. Oxford Airport is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.