The Illinois DOT selected Palwaukee Municipal as the state’s general aviation reliever airport of the year. Palwaukee was chosen for its work in community support, airport maintenance and “overall promotion of general aviation.” Airport manager Dennis Rouleau credited the two-year-old PACE (Palwaukee Airport Community Engagement Council) outreach program for helping to shift the community’s attitude toward the airport.
Aviation International News » May 2004
As every pilot and mechanic knows, high temperatures are the bane of any engine. But as engineers strive to design smaller, more powerful turbine engines by adding compressor stages, the compression ratio goes up and so does the temperature of the ram air. At a compression ratio of about 20 to 25, ram-air cooling becomes inefficient. The solution, researchers believe, lies with cooling the air before it goes into the combustor.
FlightSafety International’s business aviation learning center at Farnborough Airport in the UK is expected to open next January. The 80,000-sq-ft facility will house up to 15 full-motion flight simulators, with initial units expected to cover the Gulfstream IV; Citation CJ1/CJ2, Ultra, Bravo and Excel; and Hawker 800XP.
At press time, nothing was said to be finalized, but Rockwell Collins and Piaggio were working on a deal to offer Pro Line avionics in the Avanti, according to a spokesman for the Italian airframer. The turboprop twin currently has older Collins avionics.
Richard Doubrava has joined NBAA in the new role of director of security. He is responsible for coordinating programs in the areas of business aviation security, particularly NBAA’s new Secure Access program. Doubrava, introduced to NBAA by Shelley Longmuir before she departed the presidency, was previously with Carmen Group, a Washington, D.C.-based federal lobbying and government-relations firm.
European Business Aviation Association chairman Brian Humphries is to become the group’s CEO in October. He will succeed Fernand François, who is retiring after 12 years as CEO. Humphries is set to step down from his current position as managing director of Shell Aircraft, the flight department of the Royal Dutch/Shell energy group, at the end of September.
Federal guidelines for improving security at the nation’s more than 18,000 general aviation airports remain bottled up in the Transportation Security Administration almost six months after a GA airport security working group made its recommendations to the agency.
Both revenue and profit at Cessna decreased in the first quarter, compared with the same period last year, primarily due to delivering fewer jets–34 versus 50. However, a jump in orders has prompted the Wichita-based company to increase this year’s delivery target from between 165 and 170 jets to between 170 and 175. Cessna booked orders for 70 new jets in the first quarter and is projecting jet deliveries “north of 200” next year.
Gulfstream’s first-quarter operating earnings and margins improved from the same period last year. Business jet deliveries increased for the second consecutive quarter–to 17 in the first quarter compared with 15 in the first three months of last year. Gulfstream projects delivering 53 to 55 “large” aircraft (G300 through G550) this year, compared with 50 last year.
At press time, Boeing was close to concluding a deal in which it will be selling its business-jet finance division. Boeing hopes to announce the buyer at its board meeting on May 3. The business, currently under the direction of Louis Seno, is expected to remain headquartered in Broomfield Hills, Mich. Financing for new BBJ transactions will stay with Boeing, but will be handled by the company’s offices in Renton, Wash.