The new Central Europe Private Aviation industry association has launched plans for a new business aviation trade show focused on central and eastern Europe. The first Cepa Expo will be held in the Czech Republic at Prague’s Vodochody Airport from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2011. The first two days of the event will be for trade visitors only, followed by a public day on Saturday, October 1.
Aviation International News » May 2010
AircraftPost.com said pre-owned midsize and large-cabin business jet transactions in the first quarter climbed 23 percent compared with a year ago. Meanwhile, corporate aviation information provider JetNet’s first-quarter figures show that pre-owned business jet inventory levels are dropping, now down to 15.6 percent from 17.7 percent last July.
Lockheed Martin is partnering with Sikorsky to promote the latter’s H-92 medium-lift helicopter for the new VXX presidential transport mission. Last year the Pentagon canceled the VH-71 presidential helicopter replacement program after spending $3.3 billion for the first nine AgustaWestland AW101s that were slated to be integrated and completed by Lockheed Martin.
Embraer cut the first metal for the Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 on April 20 at its São Jose dos Campos, Brazil headquarters. The first component to be manufactured for the fly-by-wire pair of business jets is part of the forward fuselage, to which the radome, radar and glideslope antenna are attached. The Legacy 500 is scheduled for certification in 2012 and the Legacy 450 in 2013.
Textron reported first-quarter revenues of $2.2 billion, down 12.5 percent from the year-ago period, blamed largely on lower deliveries at subsidiary Cessna and the downsizing of Textron Financial. Cessna saw a revenue drop of $336 million in the quarter due to a decrease in Citation deliveries, which at 31 were less than half the number delivered in the first three months of last year.
Piper Aircraft president and CEO Kevin Gould said at last month’s Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., that the PiperJet program is on track for certification in the first half of 2013. The single-engine jet is now in the detailed design phase, and vice president of engineering Dennis Olcott told AIN that the “majority” of the design has been frozen.
The FAA on April 2 announ-ced a new policy that will allow pilots taking medication for mild to moderate depression to obtain a special issuance medical certificate. Special issuances are needed for medical conditions that are not allowable for normal first-, second- and third-class medical certification of pilots.
The viability of business aviation’s continued participation in Europe’s controversial emissions trading scheme (ETS) should be decided at a meeting of Eurocontrol’s air navigation services board on May 6.
Brazil’s Embraer will decide on the platform for a new aircraft program by year-end, executive vice president Mauro Kern told AIN last month. Kern’s revelation came just days after the company announced the establishment of a new division called New Programs-Airline Market to explore options for a successor to its line of 70- to 110-seat airliners.
Ash from a volcano in Iceland brought disruption to European air transport last month on a scale that far exceeded the combined efforts of global terrorism and the financial crisis. Huge swaths of the continent’s airspace were closed for prolonged periods and hundreds of thousands of travelers were stranded at various points around the world for days on end.
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