Latin America’s vast, varied geography cries out for business aviation, with key areas of economic activity separated by jungle, mountains and prairies. But the region’s financial woes have continued to impede the growth of this most flexible form of air transportation.
Aviation International News » March 2005
Latin America’s business jet fleet has seen modest growth over the past 12 months, but it has still not achieved any substantial increase over the past decade. As of December 31 last year there were a total of 907 jet-powered business aircraft registered in 15 Latin American countries monitored by aviation consulting group Airclaims–up by slightly less than 5 percent from the 2003 total of 868.
Bombardier has launched Skyjet International as a global network of fixed-rate executive charter services spanning North America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. Customers who want to fly in or among any of these regions can opt for block-charter terms through the Canadian manufacturer’s existing Jet Membership card or take advantage of the ad hoc rates the manufacturer previously offered under the Skyjet name in the U.S.
Ten days before the January 20 Presidential inauguration, the FAA issued a six-page national security flight advisory describing airspace restrictions surrounding the event.
Fear mongering has been a growth industry in the U.S. since 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001. Sometimes our discomfort is an unspoken undercurrent; other times there is no subtlety as the forces of opportunism seek to gorge at a trough flash-flooded with public money.
“The job of a controller is no longer just separating airplanes,” National Air Traffic Controllers Association president John Carr told attendees at a symposium on “Post 9/11 Security Impacts on Air Traffic Control and Aviation” in Washington, D.C., in late January. “They have to be aware of possibilities that we did not even contemplate on the morning of September 10.”
GMAC’s business aircraft finance group of Southfield, Mich., has launched a trial program, initially for three to six months, in which buyers of new or used turbine aircraft can defer loan payments for six months.
The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) is joining Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, Fla., in a safety study of spin-training experience by flight instructors. The FAA does not require spin training except for flight instructors, but the “quality and depth of that training can vary widely,” said NAFI executive director Rusty Sachs.
Cessna recently signed a ground-lease agreement at Williams Gateway Airport, Mesa, Ariz., possibly for the eventual development of a Citation Service Center. But, while Cessna confirms it has signed a lease for 11.7 acres of land at the airport, the company hasn’t disclosed what, or even if, it will build there.