Organizers of the second Asian Aerospace show in Hong Kong (September 8 to 10) have claimed progress in developing the new show in tough market conditions. According to Reed Exhibitions, the amount of exhibitor space sold was up 60 percent on the inaugural September 2007 event (even though the total number of individual exhibitors was actually down, to 356 from 575).
Aviation International News » October 2009
BAE Systems and Quest International of the UK have combined to launch a cabin-air system that can destroy airborne viruses and bacteria, including swine flu, Sars, bird flu and E. coli. AirManager has been flight tested on BAE 146/Avro RJ regional airliners operated by five European carriers, and has been selected by one for its fleet.
Cirrus Aircraft last month raised the price of the single-engine Vision Jet, a personal VLJ, to $1.39 million for existing position holders and to $1.55 million for new orders placed before December 31. The price increases to $1.72 million for orders placed after January 1. All prices are in 2009 dollars. When Cirrus started taking orders for the jet in June 2007, the target price was about $1 million.
PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies business and Gentex will be providing electrochromic window systems to Hawker Beechcraft as standard equipment for the manufacturer’s 2010 King Air 350i cabin windows. The PPG-Gentex system–dubbed Alteos–replaces the mechanical shade system, allowing passengers to control the visible-light transmittance of a dimmable panel between the inboard dust cover and outboard, structural cabin window.
Air-charter broker and consulting service Aero Resources added a new program for outsourced scheduling and dispatching. The program is designed for Part 91 flight departments that need a contract scheduler/dispatcher but don’t want the expense of a full-time employee.
The FAA recently awarded Piper Aircraft type-certificate organization designation authorization (ODA), which gives the Vero Beach, Fla.-based aircraft manufacturer the authority to act on behalf of the agency in the approval of airplane designs and certification to FAA standards of airworthiness. The approval is similar to the previous FAA standard–delegation option authorization–that Piper held.
Available business jet inventories dropped 2 percent in August, the second sequential decline in three months, following 18 months of consecutive increases, according to a business jet report issued by UBS Investment Research. Despite the decline, available inventories are still at 17 percent of the in-service fleet, some 36-percent higher than August last year.
Embraer has received ISA+39-degrees C certification for the E190 airliner from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and the FAA, the company announced yesterday. With the certification, the 100-seat jet can fly without operational restriction in airports where temperatures reach as high as 129 degrees F at sea level.
The new Russian Business Aviation Association (RusBAA) has confirmed that the exceptional growth the country’s emerging business aircraft sector achieved in the past few years has been quickly rolled back to 2006 traffic levels as the global downturn has gripped the Russian economy.
The good news is that the bad news seems to have subsided for the time being and business aviation’s recent negative publicity served to make aircraft that much more affordable.