Aviation International News » March 2012

March 2, 2012 - 5:00am

EADSs board of directors has selected Tom Enders, CEO of Airbus, to succeed EADS CEO Louis Gallois when his five-year term expires at the end of May after the company’s annual meeting. At that time Arnaud Lagardère, managing partner of Lagardère SCA, will assume the role of chairman of the board, a position currently held by Bodo Uebber.

March 2, 2012 - 4:40am

Preliminary Report: Large-Cabin Jet Destroyed in Runway Excursion

Gulfstream IV, Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Feb. 12, 2012–The U.S.-registered twinjet was destroyed after it left the runway while landing at Bukavu-Kavumu Airport, slid down an embankment and broke in two. According to reports, both pilots, one of the seven passengers and two people on the ground were killed.

Preliminary Report: Air Ambulance Flight Skids on Landing

March 2, 2012 - 4:10am

Other than seeing a ramp full of stored ex-DayJet Eclipse aircraft in 2008 after the collapse of the Florida-based air-taxi firm, it’s rare now to sight more than a couple of the type together at an airport–unless you happen to pass through Henderson Executive Airport near Las Vegas, Nev.

March 2, 2012 - 3:32am

Hewlett-Packard signed up for the Gray Stone Advisors aviation performance dashboard two years ago, according to Rich Walsh, HP’s director of global resiliency and aviation. Walsh is a Gulfstream V captain and flies 150 to 200 hours a year. “I’m a liaison with corporate and I have accountability for the spending in this department, the variances and process improvements,” he said.

March 2, 2012 - 3:30am
Gray Stone display

Most companies have various departments that answer to the executive suite, and these departments–with the exception of flight departments–generally use some kind of robust reporting system, according to Jim Lara, long-time business aviation pilot and consultant at Gray Stone Advisors. “We decided to develop a business aviation-based metrics package, customized for each operation.” The idea was to give the reporting executive the tools to make an effective presentation to top leaders with the same level of fidelity as reports from other business operating units.

March 2, 2012 - 3:05am
Terminal A at Moscow Sheremetievo

A dedicated business aviation facility, Terminal A, opened last month at Moscow Sheremetievo Airport (SVO). The Avia Group-operated facility, the most recent addition to a series of the new terminals completed in Sheremetievo (C, D and E) and reworked ones (B and F), is the first exclusively for business aircraft passengers. The other “lettered” terminals are for mainline airline passengers. The opening of the facility marks the completion of the Sheremetievo major reconstruction process launched in the late 1990s to bring the airport to modern European standards.

March 2, 2012 - 1:57am

ExecuJet Aviation has started to move its entire UK operation at London City Airport to Cambridge Airport, where it has taken over the former Marshall Business Aviation FBO facility. Cambridge Airport CEO Archie Garden confirmed to AIN during the official launch of ExecuJet Cambridge on February 6 that the agreement is a five-year exclusive arrangement for ExecuJet, which is also tied in to making Cambridge its sole London-area FBO for that period.

March 2, 2012 - 1:55am
ExecuJet facility in Australia

ExecuJet Aviation’s growing global FBO network now extends from new facilities in Australasia to its rebranded operation at Cambridge Airport in the UK. Late last year, the Switzerland-based group unveiled new bases at Wellington International Airport in New Zealand and at Melbourne’s Essendon Airport in Australia. Both, according to the company, have the potential for long-term growth, building on increasing business aviation activity across the Asia-Pacific region.

March 2, 2012 - 12:40am

“Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor gloom of night…” With apologies to the U.S. Postal Service, that saying could have easily been the pre-Super Bowl mantra for every Indianapolis-area FBO. Remembering how a last-minute snowstorm blindsided last year’s Dallas-area FBOs, the folks in the Indy area weren’t taking any chances for a late blitz by Mother Nature.

March 1, 2012 - 8:00am

America may run on Dunkin’, but the world runs on oil.

So does the helicopter industry. This was particularly evident at Heli-Expo 2012 (February 11 to 14), held rather appropriately in Dallas, deep in the heart of the U.S. petroleum market.