At EAA AirVenture last month, Pilatus Business Aircraft president Thomas Bosshard would not elaborate on speculation about any plans to develop a new business aircraft other than to say "we are looking at several things." He discounted any anticipated announcement at the NBAA Convention next month as "premature." He also said the recent move to purchase PC-12 fuselages and wings from Poland's PZL Swidnik is to add a "secondary supplier" for th
Aviation International News » September 2010
NBAA and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) announced that two Light Business Aviation (LBA) Conferences will be held this year–one at each group's annual convention. The two groups had planned similar LBA conferences in 2008, but those plans were scuttled when the economy deteriorated later in the year.
Recent news reports claimed that Piaggio Aero shareholder Mubadala Development has plans to build its own business jet, but John Bingham, Piaggio America president and CEO, and Piaggio Aero spokesman Enrico Sgarbi told AIN at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh last month that this information is not accurate. "We are [Mubadala's] platform for jets," said Sgarbi.
Faced with leaving for vacation without passing an FAA reauthorization bill that would tighten pilot training rules, lawmakers stripped those provisions from the main bill and added them to the 15th short-term extension of funding, taxes and programs for the agency.
Toronto-based Porter Airlines last month signed a firm order with Bombardier for four Q400s and placed options for another six of the 74-seat turboprops. The four aircraft will increase the size of Porter's Q400 fleet to 24. Porter's delivery schedule calls for the first airplane to arrive in the second quarter of next year. Deliveries would continue through the third quarter of 2012 if Porter exercises all of its options.
Bombardier Aerospace “is starting to see signs of recovery as shown by the significant reduction in business aircraft order cancellations,” Bombardier president and CEO Pierre Beaudoin said yesterday during an investor conference call. During the second quarter ending July 31, Bombardier took gross orders for 26 business jets but had 12 cancellations, resulting in net orders for 14 business aircraft.
As the bizliner business continues to grow, Washington, D.C.-based Bizliner Aviation formed to specialize in client and vendor support of owners and operators of airliners reconfigured for executive use. Rodney Cook, director of aviation for the new firm, estimates there are more than 200 bizliners in service worldwide, with existing orders for some 60 more.
NBAA announced that the FAA has renewed the association's small-aircraft exemption for another two years. "The exemption allows operators of piston airplanes, small airplanes and all helicopters to use the limited options for cost reimbursement permitted under Part 91, Subpart F," according to the association. The new expiration date is Sept. 30, 2012.
Signature Flight Support's operation in Munich has made agreements with other FBOs to provide support to operators at 13 other German airports.
Oriens Advisors, a UK-based consultancy group looking to support entry-level jet operations and helping airports to fulfill their real-estate potential, has set up a new headquarters at London Biggin Hill Airport. The company's EA Aviation subsidiary is managing 27,000 sq ft of hangar space there, along with 14 offices and an annex next to the hangars where Oriens itself is now based.