The European Commission’s director for air transport, Daniel Calleja, pledged more “proportionate” rules for business aviation in the future, acknowledging that this segment of air transport has “too often been neglected in the past.” Here at EBACE during yesterday’s opening session, other speakers included EBAA CEO Eric Mandemaker, who insisted on the association’s participation in the environmental debate, and his U.S.
EBACE Convention News » May 20, 2008
Universal Weather and Aviation (Booth No. 337) announced that its UVair unit continues to add fuel specialists dedicated to servicing requests of Europe-based operators. The fuel experts reside in and cover the European bizav fuel market. The team began with Steve Woods, the UVair fuel manager for the European region. Last year Yeet Jones, UVair fuel consultant, joined Woods to concentrate solely on Europe.
Arinc Direct’s flight planning solution is now supporting more than 150 aircraft in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region–over 100 more than at the time of EBACE 2007, said the company.
“Quite literally Arinc is adding new customers week after week, representing the charter operators and corporate flight departments that are household names in the European industry,” said Bob Richard, senior director of Arinc Direct.
Already one of Europe’s most prominent private jet operators, DC Aviation (Booth No. 280) has set its sights still higher with plans to add four Airbus A319s over the next year and a pair of Citation XLSs to its present fleet of five next month, the company announced here this week during its first EBACE appearance.
Cirrus Design yesterday announced it has partnered with Garmin on a “high-end” cockpit upgrade for the SR22-G3 called Cirrus Perspective. Featuring Garmin’s G1000 synthetic-vision technology, GFC700 autopilot and a control panel designed specially for the Cirrus piston-single, the Perspective cockpit will be available to buyers starting on June 3 at a price of $48,000.
The Teal Group’s 18th annual business jet overview cites high corporate profits, business globalization, high commodity prices, emerging market growth and a weak dollar for another all-time market high this year, and a sanguine forecast that projects a 10-year demand for 14,289 business jets worth $218 billion. By comparison, the last 10 years saw the production of 6,958 jets worth $124 billion.
TAG Aircraft Interiors has reached an agreement with B/E Aerospace to offer a haute couture line of designer seats and divans for a variety of large and mid-size business jets. The line will be offered exclusively as part of cabin interiors produced by the partnership of TAG-AI (Booth No. 923) and Gianni Versace of Milan.
Eurocopter announced here yesterday that Abu Dhabi-based operator Falcon Aviation Services (FAS) has signed the first firm order for the EC 135 light twin in its “l’Hélicoptère par Hermès” luxury version. Eurocopter expects to sell at least six examples this year of the ?5.8 million ($9 million) helicopter, which was introduced at the NBAA show in September last year.
Midcoast Aviation (Booth No. 1147) has been granted an STC approval to install CMC Electronics PilotView electronic flight bag systems (EFB) on the Bombardier Challenger series business jet, the first Class 2 EFB system approval for Challenger system aircraft.
Charter X (Booth No. 1240) announced here that it is significantly expanding its electronic quoting and booking capabilities for the online air charter marketplace with its new RealQuote technology platform. The system supports real-time quoting and booking from both the Charter X Web site and from popular desktop scheduling software packages.