Eclipse Aerospace, formerly Eclipse Aviation, has vacated its $8 million factory service center on Albany International Airport. Instead, the company purchased North American Jet Maintenance on Chicago Executive Airport and plans to use it as an Eclipse platinum-level service center.
Aviation International News » October 2009
Swiss regional airline Baboo is consolidating activities following a hectic 18 months in which the carrier appointed new management, adopted a new brand and introduced jet equipment while accommodating volatile fuel prices and the recession. As such, it provides an example of the flexibility a nimble-footed small airline can bring to the marketplace.
After joining the Phillips 66 aviation fuel dealer network, FBO and charter/
Jet Aviation’s Beijing, China, operation, a joint venture among Jet Aviation, Deer Air and Reach Investment established before last year’s Olympic Games, has moved into a new FBO facility at Beijing Capital International Airport. Jet Aviation provides FBO and AOG maintenance services at the Beijing facility, including crew, passenger and aircraft handling and flight support (overflight and landing permits).
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has joined with other aviation associations to ask the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a 60-day extension on the comment period for new proposed rules on airport de-icing fluid effluent limitations. The timing of the initial rules proposal falls within the traditional northern-hemisphere de-icing season.
European Regions Airline Association director-general Mike Ambrose struck an extraordinarily positive tone during a recent interview with AIN as the recession-driven downturn in traffic appears to be easing slightly.
Air BP Aviation Services has added five FBOs to its fuel dealer network, and all accept the Air BP Sterling Card. The new Air BP dealers are Altair Aviation, Laredo, Texas; Blair Airport near Blair, Neb.; Branson JetCenter at the new privately owned and funded Branson Airport in Missouri; Castle & Cooke’s Arlington, Wash. facility; and Five Star Jet Center at Barnes Municipal Airport in Westfield, Mass.
It took just 22 months for the new airport in Branson, Mo., to be built, from the first movement of earth by McAninch Construction in July 2007 to the first commercial flight on May 11 this year.
A recent study of the transportation infrastructure in Italy determined the nation needs a means of effecting a major improvement in the flow of traffic between its densely populated urban areas, and the country is testing opening low-level air routes to rotorcraft as a way of improving mobility.
The recession has dealt an enormous blow to the fractional share industry. Rapidly declining used-aircraft prices and fewer flying hours have affected the industry to the point that most fractional operators have shrunk during the past year, deferred new aircraft deliveries, cut staffing and explored new ways to keep flying. Business has been so bad at the fractionals that some pundits are questioning whether the business model is broken.