Aviation International News » July 2009

June 29, 2009 - 10:55am

The annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Labace) is scheduled to open August 13 and run for three days at Congonhas Airport in downtown São Paulo, Brazil. According to organizers, approximately 80 percent of the more than 100 exhibitors already signed up are U.S.

June 29, 2009 - 10:53am

As Cirrus Aircraft’s prototype Vision jet single resumes flight testing with a new Garmin G1000 avionics suite, some buyers seeking refunds of deposits for the jet have experienced delays in obtaining their refunds. “We are returning deposits,” Cirrus CEO Brent Wouters told AIN, although some deposits have taken longer than the 45 days specified in the Vision purchase agreement.

June 29, 2009 - 10:52am

Andre Budhan, cofounder of defunct charter operator Platinum Jet, pleaded guilty to defrauding charter customers and brokers, as well as impeding and obstructing the FAA, in a case relating to the 2005 crash of a Challenger 600 at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport. In doing so, he admitted he and his conspirators booked and flew some 100 illegal charter flights.

June 29, 2009 - 10:50am

Rolls-Royce on June 24 received EASA certification for its 16,000-pound-thrust BR725 engine. The launch platform for the new powerplant is the Gulfstream G650, which is expected to fly by year-end. Since first engine run in April last year, the BR725 has completed all major development testing during almost 1,100 running hours and 3,500 engine cycles, according to Rolls-Royce. BR725 serial production is scheduled

June 29, 2009 - 8:57am

FlightSafety International launched the Proficiency Protection Program, which is intended to help maintain the currency of business aircraft pilots and maintenance technicians who have been laid off since January 1. Under the program, FlightSafety will offer a no-cost recurrent training course to pilots of business aircraft who were training under a full-service contract at the time of their job loss.

June 29, 2009 - 8:38am

In its latest forecast, Bombardier expects total deliveries of 11,500 business jets worth $256 billion between this year and 2018. The fleet will grow from 13,500 to 23,800 aircraft, predicts vice president of marketing for business aircraft Philippe Crevier, who points out that the industry is buffered in the current economic downturn by a $70 billion  backlog.

June 29, 2009 - 8:37am

Dr. Sam Williams, founder and chairman of Williams International, died June 22 at

June 29, 2009 - 8:18am

Aviation International News has once again been named the world’s top airshow daily publication in the annual Aerospace Journalist of the Year awards.

June 29, 2009 - 8:15am

With Europe set to begin cap-and-trade of aviation emissions in 2012, and Congress working on legislation that would cap the greenhouse gases that have been linked to global warming, Conklin & de Decker cofounder and president Bill de Decker is sounding the alarm for just how seriously the plans could affect business aviation.

June 29, 2009 - 8:11am

General aviation operations present such a limited and hypothetical threat to security that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) does not need to increase its regulatory oversight of general aviation, according to a report issued by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). The TSA is part of the DHS.