“The aviation industry should not allow concerns over security to detract from efforts to improve aviation safety,” said Stuart Matthews, president and CEO of Flight Safety Foundation, setting the tone of the 48th Corporate Aviation Safety Seminar held in late April in Hollywood, Fla.
Aviation International News » June 2003
Jill Hilgenberg, marketing v-p for Cygnus Business Media, has had to learn a long list of aviation vocabulary in a short time. She was handed the responsibility for pulling off this year’s Aviation Services and Suppliers Supershow (AS3) combined with the airline Ground Support Equipment (GSE) International Expo.
The scheduled airlines, after years of seeing business-class travelers lured away by business aviation operators, are fighting back.
The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 on the EBACE static ramp was the newest addition to the charter fleet of Vienna, Austria-based Jetalliance. Although currently registered in Mauritius, it will shortly be put on the Austrian civil register. Always an executive airplane and never an airliner, the twinjet can accommodate up to 40 passengers in its 101-foot-long cabin.
During the convention, Cessna took signed orders for two Citation Xs, one Citation CJ1, one Caravan and one 206 Turbo Stationair–all for delivery this year. “We are extremely pleased with the outcome of EBACE,” said Cessna senior v-p of sales marketing Roger Whyte.
Eliminating the seam between the classroom and simulator has been the goal for both FlightSafety and SimuFlite lately, and both companies displayed “virtual simulators” that enhance the realism of classroom sessions by harnessing the power of a simulator’s computers to drive more comprehensive and more deeply layered visual classroom presentations.
Expanding its presence in Scandinavia, business aviation service provider ExecuJet has established a new operating satellite base at Linköping City Airport in Sweden. The new base consists of two areas of the terminal building, as well as office space. ExecuJet
Completions of corporate and VIP aircraft were worth $111 million in sales to Lufthansa Technik last year, an increase of 20 percent over the 2001 figure. “A big VIP aircraft completion represents between 100,000 and 200,000 working hours,” noted executive board chairman August Wilhelm Hennigsen. “Currently our capacity is fully utilized through most of the third quarter.” But the market is fierce.
Universal Weather & Aviation announced new flight services for European customers at EBACE. On June 1 Universal opened its new European operations center at London Stansted Airport to serve operators traveling within ICAO E and L country codes in Europe. This will eliminate the need to telephone Universal’s corporate headquarters in Houston, for flight services within those countries.
Piaggio Aero Industries delivered 16 Avantis last year, up from 12 in 2001 and six in 2000. The production rate is set at 20 aircraft this year and 26 for next year. Revenues rose by 11 percent to $203 million last year.