SkyWest Airlines hasn’t found some magic elixir to help it escape the ravages of the global recession, but as long as it continues to perform to its partners’ contractual standards, the country’s largest regional carrier and the host for this year’s RAA convention can count on a steady revenue stream and a strong enough capital position to weather the economic storm.
Aviation International News » May 2009
Certification of the single-engine Diamond D-Jet has been delayed again and is now scheduled for early next year. At last year’s EAA AirVenture show, Diamond announced that certification was going to take place this year. Meanwhile, D-Jet numbers two and three continue flight testing in Texas, which offers a much more benign climate than Diamond’s London, Ontario (Canada) headquarters.
A proposed rule that calls for a sweeping overhaul of flight crew and dispatcher training has certainly piqued the interest of RAA vice president of technical affairs Dave Lotterer, but for all the wrong reasons.
Last year’s fourth quarter saw regional airline departures decline 11.6 percent, passenger traffic drop 7.5 percent, total capacity fall 9 percent and block hours drop 13.2 percent. Although the RAA hasn’t yet compiled first-quarter numbers, monthly figures from early this year didn’t raise the spirits of anyone looking for signs of a quick turnaround.
Although Gulfstream has joined the rest of the aviation industry in announcing layoffs, the company remains on schedule with new-airplane programs. In February, the first midsize G250 forward, center and aft fuselage sections were joined.
Trans States Holdings president and COO Rick Leach has seen his company through rough patches in the past, and he has helped the RAA tackle “challenges” of many sorts from his position as an association board member. But as this year’s RAA chairman, Leach finds himself presented with a rare opportunity–a chance make a tangible difference during a time of genuine economic upheaval.
A UK-based broker is seeking to capitalize on surplus capacity among Cessna Citation Mustang operators by offering a variety of fractional ownership and per-seat on-demand charter packages in the airplane.
A new legal dispute has emerged in the Eclipse Aviation saga, this time involving investor Alfred Mann; Etirc Aviation, subsidiary of recently insolvent investment firm Etirc; and its chairman, Roel Pieper.
Anyone attempting to view information on the Web site of European Technology and Investment Research Center (Etirc) will find what looks like a television test pattern occupying what was formerly a description of a thriving investment business.
In the first quarter of this year, business aviation experienced fewer accidents, including those resulting in fatalities, than in the same period the previous year, but the overall number of deaths increased, according to statistics compiled by Boca Raton, Fla.-based industry safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.