The Lockheed L-1649A Starliner was the queen of the skies in the late 1950s and it might again become a familiar sight aloft, according to officials at Lufthansa Technik. In cooperation with the company’s Tulsa, Okla. subsidiary, BizJet, restoration on one of the 50-year-old propliners is under way at a specially built hangar at Auburn-Lewiston Airport in Maine.
Aviation International News » September 2009
That the annual EAA AirVenture show offers a mouth-watering and impossible-to-swallow cornucopia of everything aviation was never more evident than at this year’s event, where a colossal Airbus A380 shared the ramp at AeroShell Square with Burt Rutan’s most outlandish creation yet, the spaceship-launching Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo built by the talented crew at Scaled Composites.
While much of the world struggles in the grip of a financial crisis, the economies in Latin America–and Brazil in particular–appear stable and even growing.
Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer is a relative newcomer to the business aviation market. Five years ago the company was best known for producing many regional jets and its only business airplane was the Legacy, a corporate version of the ERJ 135.
The FAA last month amended its certification standards for icing protection on transport-category airplanes. The new rule, which goes into effect September 2, will require new systems to increase pilot situational awareness during icing conditions.
The swearing in of Christopher Hart as a member of the NTSB on August 12 was followed immediately by the departure of former chairman Mark Rosenker, leaving the five-member independent agency with a quorum, but also with two vacancies.
Government, industry look to curb CO2 emissions
Business airport traffic in the Côte d’Azur, France’s wealthy Mediterranean Riviera, suffered dramatically as a result of the global financial crisis in the second half of 2008 and in the first few months of this year. The two airports in the region–Nice and Cannes–are promoting themselves to two different market segments, and both are upgrading their FBO facilities in anticipation of increased traffic when the economy improves.
Negative attention has prompted the business aviation industry to promote airplanes as tools of productivity rather than luxurious transportation for the wealthy. However, two French airports–Chambéry and Grenoble–are bucking that trend and specializing in serving wealthy clientèle who like winter stays in nearby ski resorts, including the most exclusive ones such as Courchevel.
European business aviation has endured a steep downturn in activity for the best part of a year, and many in the industry are resigned to a slow recovery. But for some the proverbial glass remains half full and some of these people are now eyeing growth opportunities.