Fall 2001 may not have been the most auspicious time to launch a new business strategy, but for Elliott Aviation its ambitious business plan for the next half-decade is showing signs of success, despite a faltering economy and the impact of September 11 on business aviation.
Aviation International News » September 2002
Economical, practical, environmentally friendly supersonic flight is the next big thing in commercial aviation. Or is it? From where aeronautical technology stands today, practical supersonic flight (and by “practical,” we do not mean the Anglo-French Concorde, which generates noise and atmospheric pollution levels that preclude all but the smallest volumes of operation) is far off.
At this year’s Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., Socata introduced the TBM 700C2, a follow-on to the successful TBM 700B turboprop single. The big change is an mtow increase of 815 lb, to 7,394 lb from 6,579 lb, giving operators improved payload/range performance. CEO Philippe Debrun called the new variant “a business-like version” of its current TBM 700.
The Chinese proverb “may you live in interesting times” certainly seems appropriate for manufacturers and would-be manufacturers of new business airplanes. Interesting times indeed: with the weaker than expected economic recovery, and the specter of a possible double-dip recession, even some established, well financed business aircraft manufacturers are stretching out timelines for their respective new products.
In the spirit of good sportsmanship, let it be known in the pages of AIN that B/CA columnist J. Sheldon “Torch” Lewis is girding up to attend his 50th consecutive NBAA convention. Torch says he has attended every NBAA convention since the 1953 CAOA (Corporate Aircraft Owners Association) meeting in St. Louis. NBAA’s 55th Annual Meeting and Convention will be held this month in Orlando, Fla. Anyone care to challenge Torch’s record?
If you think you could write a book about all the bad airline experiences you ever had, too late–a flight attendant just beat you to it.
Two former charter representatives from now-defunct Flight Time have risen from the ashes of their former jobs to found a new charter-brokering business. Executive Charter Services, with offices in Boston, can trace its beginnings to the very day Flight Time closed its doors and declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy, leaving the charter industry shocked and, in many cases, out a lot of money in unpaid accounts receivable.
UK block-charter firm European Skytime has introduced a new “First Step” alternative to its Flight Commitment program. The new option offers lower flight-hour rates for companies willing to nominate a local airport as their home base for all trips. Initially, 25 UK airports are being targeted for the program, including Gloucestershire Staverton (where European Skytime is based), Cambridge and Norwich.
At press time the inaugural Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) was still officially scheduled for January 16 to 18 in Saõ Paulo, Brazil, but NBAA said it was giving serious consideration to changing the show’s date, a move prompted by the country’s presidential election next month and the expected formation of a new national civil aviation agency, which the association said needs time “to become fully establi
Until the final report is published of the Boeing 757/Tupolev Tu-154 midair collision over Switzerland on July 1, there will probably be continuing speculation about the role that ATC radar played in the accident. Yet there need be no speculation at all about radar’s role in the U.S. National Airspace System. It is, quite simply, the foundation upon which the system has been built.