NBAA chairman Jeff Lee (left) congratulates AIN contributing editor Rob Mark, winner of this year’s NBAA Gold Wing Award for a story in AIN sister magazine Business Jet Traveler.
Aviation International News » November 2009
Greenville, S.C.-based Cirrus SR22 air taxi firm SATSair “temporarily” shut down operations on October 23 “due to circumstances,” according to a recording on the company’s voicemail. The company has not said when service will restart.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air B200, Hayward, Calif., Sept. 16, 2009–The turboprop twin crashed during initial climb after takeoff from Hayward Executive Airport. According to the pilot, who was uninjured in the accident, the King Air began to veer uncontrollably to the left while still “very close to the ground.” As the aircraft was losing altitude, the pilot lowered the nose and made a gear-up landing with the wings level.
The FAA selected Teterboro (N.J.) Airport as the first U.S. airport to test a new runway-light automation system as part of an effort to improve ground safety and efficiency. Produced by Searidge Technologies of Quebec, the IntelliDar system uses thermal video sensors and computer vision technology to track the movement of aircraft on the airport surface.
Bell 206, Kahramanmaras City, Turkey, March 25, 2009–The helicopter was destroyed and the pilot and all five passengers on board were killed when the JetRanger crashed in mountainous terrain. The accident is being investigated by the Turkish Accident Investigation Board, with assistance from the NTSB.
Online charter broker Virgin Charter stopped “active operations” on October 23, according to a company statement. “With the severe decline in corporate travel, Virgin Charter was unable to generate sufficient sales to underpin its business plan and has taken the difficult decision to close its doors.” Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin USA launched Virgin Charter in mid-2007, with a focus on allowing charter users to
NBAA and the Arizona Business Aviation Association (AZBAA) praised local city leaders in Scottsdale, Ariz., for their decision last month to raise the aircraft weight limit for Scottsdale Airport (SDL) to 100,000 pounds from 75,000. The move, which NBAA said will attract more business and economic activity to the community, follows more than a year of advocacy work by the AZBAA.
Revenues in the third quarter at Cessna Aircraft decreased 41.8 percent, to $593 million, compared with the same period last year, primarily due to delivery of 68 Citations in the three-month period versus “an all-time quarterly high” of 124 jets last year, a drop of nearly 48 percent. Profits at Cessna decreased $206 million due to lower sales volumes and costs associated with idle capacity and temporary plant shutdowns.
Gulfstream “held its own again in the third quarter” despite a planned five-week plant shutdown, according to Jay Johnson, president and CEO of parent company General Dynamics. Due to the shutdown, Gulfstream delivered 14 green large-cabin jets in the quarter versus 24 a year ago; it also delivered only three green midsize jets in the three-month period compared with 16 last year.
Deterioration in the business jet market is continuing to slow, according to UBS Investment Research’s latest monthly business jet report. The September market index came in at 43, some 16 percent higher than in July and the sixth straight move higher but still short of the 50 mark that indicates market growth.