Sixty operators have now completed registration under the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), an industry code of best practice. The latest to sign up for the standard is the corporate flight department of the UK’s Specsavers chain of retail opticians.
EBACE Convention News » May 3, 2006
HighTech Finishing (Booth No. 1379) last year had its best 12 months since 2001. The Texas company, which supplies decorative plating for aircraft interior fittings, attributes this strong performance to demand for new aircraft as well as increased activity in refurbishment of older aircraft.
Business aircraft operators concerned about exposure to security or political risk associated with their country of registration my be encouraged by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands, which is here at EBACE 2006 promoting its aircraft registry (Booth 1273). The registry already includes about 110 private aircraft.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has relaxed restrictions on operations by aircraft that are U.S.-registered but considered to be foreign owned. The new Part 375 rule was introduced last month in response to a petition by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). The DOT has revised its previously held view that even if an aircraft is registered in the U. S., if the owner is not a U.S.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has urged aircraft and airport owners and operators to be very vigilant in the wake of an apparent terrorist threat to business aircraft.
Electrical actuation for motion and control loading has been in use on military simulators for a while, but FlightSafety International says that its new Citation Sovereign simulator (which the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration recently approved to the Level D standard) is the world’s first civil full flight simulator whose motion and control loading are powered by electricity rather than hydraulics.
Owners of Piaggio Avanti twin-pusher turboprops were presented with some good news yesterday in the form of an announcement by avionics maker Rockwell Collins that it will offer buyers the chance to upgrade to Pro Line 21 avionics, the same baseline cockpit that is sold in new Avanti IIs rolling out of the factory.
Charter broker Air Partner will this summer relaunch its Jet Membership block charter program under the new name JetCard. The new offering will promise maximum flexibility with customers free to opt for a full, no-quibble refund on flight hours bought at any time.
Owners of older Honeywell GNS-X flight management systems have until the end of the month to take advantage of special pricing on new GNS-XLS units, the maker announced here yesterday. Buyers who take advantage of the promotional offer will receive a $3,000 discount off the price of a new GNS-XLS FMS, as well as free software that introduces the latest worldwide navigation capabilities to the unit, according to the company.
Boeing on Monday reached agreement to acquire Dallas, Texas-based Aviall, for $48 per share or a total of $1.7 billion, plus the assumption of approximately $350 million of debt. Aviall (Booth No. 433) claims to be the largest independent provider of new aviation parts and services in the aerospace industry, with sales of $1.3 billion in 2005.