ExecuJet Europe and France’s Ad- vanced Air Support (AAS) launched their new joint-venture FBO at Paris Le Bourget on October 7. AAS is part of France’s Jet Services Group, which has invested almost $1.4 million in the facility that it acquired when it bought Aero Services Handling last year. Now it is set to invest up to another $13 million to upgrade the group’s maintenance operation at Le Bourget, and also to add two more hangars.
Aviation International News » November 2010
According to JPMorgan’s latest business jet monthly report, improvement in the pre-owned market has stalled. However, it expects the trend toward lower inventories to restart and continue. The nearly 3-percent decline in pre-owned inventories in
Greenwich AeroGroup’s Western Aircraft and Universal Avionics announced a partnership last month at the NBAA Convention to develop an avionics retrofit package for the Dassault Falcon 900B. The cockpit upgrade will replace 25 older instruments, improving reliability and situational awareness while reducing downtime. The suite will have five high-resolution Universal EFI-890R LED backlit
Cessna has selected Winglet Technology’s elliptical winglet for the new Citation Ten. The winglet was jointly developed and certified by Winglet Technology and Cessna Aircraft during a collaborative STC project. Winglet Technology initially received FAA approval of the STC permitting installation of the elliptical winglets on the Citation X in June last year.
The European Helicopter Safety Implementation Team (EHSIT) has released a 22-page “training leaflet” aimed at making helicopter pilots more aware of hazards identified as major causes of accidents in Europe. Targeted are four topics–degraded visual environment, vortex ring state, loss of tail-rotor effectiveness and static and dynamic rollover.
As the industry sees glimmers of hope that the downturn is finally ending, engine and avionics manufacturer Honeywell anticipates at least one more down year in 2011 before the start of a rebound cycle.
The flight-test program is continuing apace for Nextant Aerospace’s Beechjet 400 conversion as it moves closer to certification. The Cleveland-based company paused the testing last month on its first Williams International FJ44-3AP powered 400XT to fly it nonstop from Mojave, Calif., to Atlanta, for an appearance in the static display at the NBAA Convention.
With the addition of its newest facility at California’s Fresno Yosemite International Airport, Signature Flight Support is embarking on a new way to operate FBOs–a management contract with the owner of the facility. Given that many major hotel chains are operated this way, it’s perhaps a little surprising that large FBO chains haven’t already tried this method.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 last month passed a noise-testing program involving eight certification flights from Italy’s Turin-Cuneo Levaldigi Airport. According to Sukhoi, preliminary results show full compliance with ICAO CAEP IV noise requirements.