The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010, which was moving toward the desk of President Obama at press time, would give business aviation a big boost. As NBAA v-p Mike Nichols explained to AIN, the proposal includes “100-percent expensing” of investments in capital assets, such as business aircraft, purchased between September 8 this year and December 31 next year.
Aviation International News » January 2011
328 Support Services has introduced the 328DBJ, with an updated interior, as the replacement for the Envoy version of the jet. The new 328DBJ forward cabin was redesigned to deliver an additional half-meter of cabin space and includes electric window blinds and slim-line passenger service units.
SheltAir Aviation Services held a groundbreaking ceremony December 17 for its new FBO facility at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, the new airport that replaced the Panama City-Bay County facility last year. SheltAir is the sole FBO at the new airport and is building a 5,000-sq-ft FBO terminal and a 9,100-sq-ft hangar.
The FAA will extend the comment period for the Airport Safety Management System (SMS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which had been scheduled to end on Jan. 7, 2011. The proposed rule seeks to require all airports certified under Part 139 to develop and implement an SMS program to cover all non-movement areas of the airport, including tenant ramps. The comment period is now extended until March 7.
Contingents from France’s Brit Air and Spain’s Air Nostrum joined Bombardier executives in Mirabel, Quebec, last month to mark the first deliveries of the newly certified CRJ1000. Together accounting for roughly half of the remaining CRJ backlog, Brit Air and Air Nostrum have placed firm orders for 14 and 35 copies of the new 100-seat jet, respectively.
Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) is accepting offers “for part or all of StandardAero,” according to a Reuters report released last month, raising questions about the Middle East enterprise’s future in the business aviation market.
Some in the business aviation industry leave behind their families and jobs to serve in active war zones. In the continuing AIN series intended to recognize those in our community who defend the way of life we continue to enjoy back home, senior editor David A. Lombardo spoke with Duncan Aviation airframe mechanic Derrick Buggi about his recent service in the Mid East. This is Buggi’s story.
It has been two years since the economy went south, dragging business aviation right behind, and a year-and-a-half since a panel of “top economists” formed by the non-profit National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) declared the recession over as of June 2009.
At the same time Gulfstream Aerospace is preparing an assembly plant for its new G650, the Savannah-based OEM is readying an adjacent building for cabin completion work. The completion facility is in a former service center currently being used for flight-test operations. Gulfstream expects all G650 assembly and outfitting to be done at the main Savannah plant.
Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) will serve as Democratic co-chairman of the House General Aviation (GA) Caucus when the new congressional session begins this month. Barrow’s congressional district includes Savannah, which is home to Gulfstream. The fourth-term representative also serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and will join Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) in leading the GA Caucus, which now has more than 120 members.