Aviation International News » March 2011

February 28, 2011 - 11:10am

United Arab Emirates-based flight planning and support group Avjet Routing is expanding operations into Europe with the opening of new offices in Geneva and Istanbul, Turkey. According to Avjet CEO Sam Wanli, the Sharjah-based company intends to establish operations in other European cities as it seeks to expand its customer base beyond the Arabian Gulf region.

February 28, 2011 - 10:35am

While the general aviation industry has suffered recently, demand for GA products and services will continue to grow, paced by new business jets and light sport aircraft, the FAA told attendees at its annual aerospace forecast.

"Business aviation shows signs of rebounding," said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. "And weπre projecting growth in general aviation sectors, particularly in the jet and light sport aircraft sectors."

February 28, 2011 - 9:45am

This year Schedulers and Dispatchers attracted 125 first-time attendees, and to help them get the most out of the conference, organizers offered several orientation tools. In the weeks before the show, a series of webcasts described what attendees should expect at the show and presented tips for success.

February 28, 2011 - 9:30am

As part of NBAA’s growing tradition of community outreach, the Schedulers & Dispatchers advisory council partnered with the Savannah charity Assisting Working Women In Need (AWWIN) for a business-attire clothing drive. AWWIN supports working women by offering them professional clothing and job training as they prepare for careers or to re-enter the work force.

February 28, 2011 - 9:10am

When NBAA’s annual Schedulers and Dispatchers conference last visited Savannah, Ga., in 2008, it was at the apex of the industry’s most recent successful period. That conference attracted more than 2,600 attendees, the highest total in the show’s history, as well as 390 exhibitors. The end of that year marked the start of the recession that has ravaged economies around the world.

February 28, 2011 - 8:30am

General Dynamics Aerospace Group ended 2010 with encouraging numbers that Jay Johnson, chairman and CEO of parent company General Dynamics, believes will carry the Savannah-based OEM through 2011.

February 28, 2011 - 8:15am

Described by some economic analysts as "a trough year," 2010 ended on a positive note with the S&P 500 on a fourth-quarter tear and the January 31 Dow Jones Economic Sentiment Indicator signaling that the U.S. economy is slowly emerging from the recession. (Never mind that the National Bureau of Economic Research declared the recession to have ended in June 2009.) On February 11, the U.S.

February 28, 2011 - 7:15am

China's business aviation sector took a leap forward last year when the number of private jets registered in the country went into three figures for the first time, reaching a total of 116. The figure is part of a report published in February by the Firestone Management Group, which advises companies how to break into the emerging Asia-Pacific market.

February 28, 2011 - 6:35am

Gulfstream has completed several icing certification test points on the G250. S/N 2001 has flown with simulated ice shapes applied to the non-heated areas of the aircraft, including the nose, tail, winglets and engine pylons. Meanwhile, S/N 2002 completed anti-ice system dry-air testing, paving the way for certification flight testing into known icing conditions, which at press time were expected to start in the U.S.

February 28, 2011 - 6:15am

Before the recession truly made its presence felt, Italian OEM Piaggio Aero recognized its impending arrival and adjusted production rates accordingly, said Piaggio America president and CEO John Bingham. “What we were able to do was recognize it early enough to reposition in terms of manufacturing and market access.”