Business aviation flight services provider Arinc Direct has started offering electronic APIS (advanced passenger information system) reports for flights arriving or departing the U.S. and its territories. Effective May 18, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will require pilots of general aviation aircraft to electronically transmit passenger manifests at least 60 minutes before departure. APIS compliance until May 18 had been voluntary.
EBACE Convention News » May 14, 2009
StandardAero has entered into an agreement with Cessna Aircraft to support the global Citation service center network. The agreement involves support of the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615F powering Cessna’s Mustang and the Rolls-Royce AE3007C/C1 powering its Citation X. StandardAero has received EASA and FAA approval for full hot-section repair of the PW615F at its European facility in Tilburg, Netherlands.
A Beechcraft Premier IA set a speed record flying from Hawker Beechcraft’s facility in Chester, UK, to Geneva in one hour, 13 minutes and 30 seconds with an average speed of 445 knots over the distance of 545 nm. The airplane, owned by British customer Robert Kay, was flown by former astronaut Robert “Hoot” Gibson, who also holds altitude records in piston single-engine aircraft.
Elbit (Booth No. 376) has announced the launch of a new family of off-the-shelf displays designated ORD-900. They come in three sizes–15-, 12.1- and 10.4-inch diagonal–and all can be used in either portrait or landscape orientation and feature wide viewing angles.
Abu Dhabi-based executive charter operator Prestige Jet this week became the latest business aviation company to sign up as an exhibitor at the new Bahrain International Air Show to be held in the Arabian Gulf state next year (January 21-23).
Jet Aviation president Peter Edwards said it’s still too early “to call the market bottom,” but he pointed to positive signs emanating from nearly all corners of the industry as an indicator that perhaps the worst of the economic downturn is over.
Snecma launched the Silvercrest core-engine demonstrator program in 2006, built the engine in 2007 and successfully completed testing of it in March 2008. Now the company is continuing its talks with airframers to find a first application for the 9,500- to 12,000-pound-thrust engine. “The Silvercrest is being considered for many programs,” said Laurence Finet, general manager of the Silvercrest program.
Europe’s FBOs are feeling the financial pinch as business aviation traffic dips in response to the continuing economic crisis. Most have seen a relatively steep downturn in traffic beginning last September/October. The smallest decline in traffic over the past six months reported to EBACE Convention News has been around 3 percent, but quite a few bases have seen month-on-month declines of just above 20 percent.
Looking back on European business aviation’s boom years of 2004 to 2008, new figures from the European General Aviation Manufacturers Association (EGAMA) show that during this period the value of its members’ combined deliveries climbed by 59 percent to peak at $12 billion last year. In 2008, almost 1,000 aircraft were delivered by an industry that directly supports 35,000 jobs in Europe.
Jet Aviation (Booth No. 1163) recently restructured its maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) sales organization for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia into six regions and appointed Markus Inäbnit as vice president of MRO sales.