Business aircraft activity showed “tentative signs of recovery” in July, according to data from aviation services company Aviation Research Group/U.S. (ARG/US). After the global downturn began, “Business aircraft activity has been hit by a slump in demand, but in recent weeks the trend suggests activity could meet 2008 levels in the near term,” the firm said. July U.S.
Aviation International News » September 2009
Until around this time last year, European business aviation had been enjoying a boom period, and executive charter in particular had seen some truly explosive growth. It was in the heady years from 2005 to the first half of 2008 that a new generation of air-taxi operator was laying down business plans predicated almost entirely on the quantum leap downward in operating costs offered by the new wave of very light jets (VLJs).
Assembly has begun at GE’s manufacturing facility in Lynn, Mass., on the first production GE Honda HF120 engine that will be used for FAA certification tests. “With the experience we’ve gained through our demonstrator engine testing program, we are confident the HF120 engine configuration is mature and are anticipating a smooth FAA certification testing program,” said GE Honda Aero Engines president Bill Dwyer.
NBAA’s board of directors last month announced the 2009 recipients of the association’s annual Meritorious Service to Aviation and John P. “Jack” Doswell awards. Serge Dassault, chairman emeritus of Dassault Falcon Jet, will receive the 2009 NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation. Richard “Dick” Van Gemert, senior vice president of corporate affairs for Jet Aviation Holdings USA, will receive the 2009 NBAA John P.
Charter/management company Sunset Aviation LLC officially changed its name to Solairus Aviation early last month. Headquartered in Petaluma, Calif., Solairus has more than 40 aircraft under management, half of them on its charter certificate, and expects to receive approval for operating aircraft with 10 or more seats by the end of next month, according to president and CEO Dan Drohan. After starting Sunset Aviation Inc.
Embraer started construction of a factory in Portugal and is due to open it before the end of 2011. The 161,000-sq-ft facility at Evora will manufacture complex composite airframe structures and components for the Brazilian company’s business aircraft and airliners. A ground-breaking event held in late July was attended by Portugal’s prime minister, José Socrates, and Embraer president and CEO Frederico Fleury Curado.
This year will be one of the most challenging on record for new business jet orders, according to business aviation industry consulting firm Brian Foley Associates. “We could easily end the year with the industry as a whole having more order cancellations than new [orders],” said company president Brian Foley.
With the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reviewing the lack of standardization in how FAA field inspectors interpret and apply requirements on regulated entities, the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has begun surveying its membership on their experiences with the various agency offices.
Air Fuel Synthesis (AFS), a UK- based company founded by a small group of scientists and engineers, is reaching out to the aviation industry in the hopes of marketing a carbon-neutral jet fuel made from carbon dioxide and hydrogen.
Following several months of reported production slowdowns, staff layoffs and furloughs from the major OEMs, general aviation industry deliveries shrank by more than 45 percent during the first half of this year, compared with the first half of last year, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). The trade association reported that all segments of the industry experienced double-digit declines.