NBAA announced that newly installed FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt will be the featured speaker at the NBAA Convention opening general session on October 20. The event will be held October 20 to 22 in Orlando, Fla. “We’re delighted that Randy will be joining us at this year’s convention,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
Aviation International News » September 2009
Registration for the 13th annual Bombardier Safety Standdown opened last month. The event–to be held September 28 to October 1 in Wichita–is free but is limited in space, with slots available first-come, first-served. This year’s session will cover topics such as professional airmanship, fatigue countermeasures and situational awareness, among many others.
The Aircraft Electronics Association’s 2009/2010 Pilot’s Guide to Avionics is now available at no charge at www.aea.net. It features various articles aimed at helping pilots make better avionics buying decisions, including articles on new products, synthetic- and enhanced-vision systems, pre-owned avionics and glass panel retrofits.
J.P. Morgan’s latest business jet report indicates “evidence of stabilization” in the business jet market “but no improvement.” According to the report, pre-owned business jet inventories remain at record highs–staying at about 14.5 percent of the in-service fleet for the fifth consecutive month–but have not gotten much worse. Pre-owned aircraft prices have continued “a steady downward march toward supply-demand equilibrium,” noted J.P.
Deborah Hersman was sworn in as the 12th chairman of the NTSB at the end of July, taking over from acting chairman Mark Rosenker, who held the position of chairman or acting chairman since 2005. Hersman was nominated for the two-year term as chairman by President Obama on June 18 and confirmed by the Senate on July 24. She was also nominated and confirmed for a second five-year term as Board member, which runs through the end of 2013.
Jet Republic, which last year announced a plan to buy up to 110 Bombardier Learjet 60XRs and launch a fractional-share business in Europe, has suspended operations at its Portugal subsidiary. As a consequence, Bombardier “terminated its firm and conditional order purchase agreement with Jet Republic.” The company’s first Learjet 60XR was to have been delivered in October.
Dassault Falcon received FAA approval that allows the Falcon 7X to perform steep approaches using slopes of up to six degrees. This approval allows suitably certified U.S.-based Falcon 7X operators to fly directly into London City Airport, Lugano Airport in Switzerland and other airfields that require steep-approach landings. “Business aviation
Cessna said Brazil is its leading market for jets outside the U.S., with an in-country fleet of more than 200 Citations. The Mustang accounts for approximately 10 percent of the Citation fleet in Brazil, with 22 of the entry-level jets in the hands of Brazilian customers. The Citation Sovereign and XLS+ are also popular in Brazil, Cessna said.
While some members of Congress have taken an antagonistic stance toward business aviation in recent times, two senators from Arkansas expressed their support for the industry at a forum held last month at Dassault Falcon’s Little Rock National Airport facility.
Embraer last month officially opened its new customer support contact center dedicated to executive jets. The facility, at Embraer’s headquarters in São José dos Campos, Brazil, has been operating for North American Phenom 100 customers since December and now offers worldwide support for all Embraer executive jets.