The first six months of the year proved disheartening for those who hoped for an uptick in aircraft deliveries. According to first-half numbers provided by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), total industry billings were down 22.3 percent compared with the first half of last year, to $7.3 billion, from $9.4 billion, while total shipments were off 15.5 percent in that span.
Aviation International News » September 2011
The current type certificate holder of the venerable Bell 47 might be interested in putting the iconic piston helicopter back into new production.
A group of Democratic senators sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner last month asking him to appoint conferees to FAA reauthorization talks before the current temporary extension expires on September 16.
NBAA announced that Clay Lacy will receive the 2011 NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, while Don Spruston will get the 2011 NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award. The Meritorious Service to Aviation Award is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions advancing aviation interests.
Boeing completed all flight tests required for type certification of the Rolls-Royce-powered 787-8 Dreamliner last month. ZA102, the ninth 787 built by Boeing, performed the final flight on Saturday, August 13. Chief pilot Mike Carriker returned ZA102 to its home base at Paine Field in Everett, Wash., at 1:58 p.m. local time following a 90-minute flight that originated in Billings, Mont.
When Congress adjourned for summer recess last month without extending FAA funding for the 21st time, leaving thousands of furloughed workers in a state of limbo, only a promise to Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to “protect” small communities from a loss of scheduled air service would finally convince the Senate to pass a House bill described by Democrats as another
The high-level industry and government committee tasked by the FAA with developing “a common understanding” of NextGen priorities has recommended a set of baseline airborne equipment and next will advise on operational or financial incentives that would help aircraft operators install that equipment.
Democrats and Republicans wrangling over the debt ceiling, spending and tax increases and tax cuts have come up with a deal nobody really likes. In the meantime the economy continues to stumble along to the pulse of a stock market fluctuating wildly. Unemployment is nudging 9.2 percent, the housing market remains depressed, and the President again has singled out corporate jet owners as the whipping boys.
SimCom Training Centers closed a deal to acquire 14 simulators and training programs from FlightSafety International on August 17. With this addition, Orlando, Fla.-based SimCom will operate 59 flight simulators at its five U.S. training centers.
MSBExpertise, a specialist in cabin composite monuments and such items as “green” monuments, brackets and latches, and china and crystal slot inserts, is expanding to accommodate a growing demand for new items, such as a pedestal hi-lo conference table.
The table has just received Transport Canada certification and MSB has already received three orders, according to account manager Shannon Gilbert.