Turbulent economic times are challenging for a firm that places pilots, flight department managers, flight attendants, schedulers/dispatchers, maintenance technicians and other aviation professionals. Founded by two pilots in 1983, Jet Professionals Inc. (JPI) is now located at Jet Aviation’s Teterboro, N.J. facility after nearly two decades at its original Shelton, Conn. location.
Aviation International News » July 2003
Buying an aircraft can be a daunting task. Unless a company or individual has deep pockets, it will inevitably require either leasing with an option to buy or financing a purchase. Even if paying in cash is an option, doing so can be problematic. Dave Labrozzi, senior v-p and general manager of Danbury, Conn.-based GE Corporate Aircraft Group, explained the difference between leasing with an option to buy and outright purchase.
To better understand insurance it helps to understand what it really is. The historical foundation of insurance is that disaster can strike anyone, at any time. The concept of insurance is the good fortune of many helping provide for the bad fortune of a few.
There was no such thing as aviation insurance when Shakespeare penned, in Henry VI, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” If there had been, the quote might have been a bit longer, according to many in the industry. Next to lawyers, everyone loves to hate insurance agents and underwriters.
One of the least welcome rites of passage for copilots is the routine chore of updating the company’s flight operations documents, with Jeppesen manuals probably at the top (or the bottom, if you prefer) of the list. And the post-9/11 flood of TFRs hasn’t made the task any easier.
Custom Cupholders of North East, Md., has introduced a new line of cupholders designed specifically for the luxury market, including business aircraft. According to company president Jim Moffett, the lowly cupholder should reflect the same elegance found in the rest of the cabin. Moffett said Custom Cupholders can provide the unfinished satin aluminum for plating by the OEM.
Jet Aviation in late December finished the interior refurbishment of its own DC-8-72 at its Basel, Switzerland facility. The long-range aircraft is part of Jet Aviation’s charter fleet. With a range of 6,210 nm, it is being used for flights between the Middle East and the U.S. In VIP configuration, the interior features a master bedroom with master bath
Burnet Interiors of Geneva has a unique approach to aircraft interiors. It doesn’t have a facility for producing interior components, nor does it have a sprawling hangar for installing interiors. What it sells is expertise and manpower. According to owner Franck Burnet, the company initially sends a team of experts to visit the client’s airplane, where they discuss ideas and examine the existing interior.
Marshall Aerospace, in response to what it described as “the changing nature of the corporate market,” has restructured its corporate aviation activity by “ceasing work on Gulfstream and Bombardier aircraft types to concentrate fully on Cessna Citation maintenance and support.” The UK-based facility had been a partner with Bombardier in doing green aircraft interior completion work on the Canadian company’s Global Express.
Townsend Leather and The Leather Institute of Johnstown, N.Y., have entered into a licensing agreement with aircraft detailing specialist Appearance Group of Wichita to provide professional leather care and restoration service for business aircraft interiors.