Aircraft management company Global Jet Concept marks its 10th anniversary this year at a time when longevity itself is quite an accomplishment in an industry that has been badly buffeted by the financial crisis for the past 18 months or so. The Geneva-based company has some 60 aircraft under management contracts, with 22 of them available for charter.
EBACE Convention News » May 5, 2010
Switzerland’s Altenrhein Aviation (Booth No. 671) managed to keep up income levels during 2009, in good part due to growth in the support work it is now doing for Gulfstream’s midsize jets. The St.
Despite last year’s cancellation of the Cessna Columbus program, which would have been the launch customer for Pratt & Whitney Canada’s PurePower PW800 series of engines, progress continues on the 10,000-pound-thrust class turbofan, and the engine maker (Booth No. 328) is actively discussing applications with airframers for the new powerplant.
Banyan Air Service (Booth No. 629) recently completed an avionics installation on a Bombardier Challenger 604. The installation, which was done at the customer’s home base during a minimum maintenance inspection, included EMS Aviation’s high-speed data system, TW300 DirectTV and BluRay video with high-definition monitors. The tail section was modified and outfitted with a radome to encompass two parabolic antennas.
For more than 40 years, Maine’s Bangor International Airport has been the go-to airport for transatlantic flights as the Eastern- most port of entry to the U.S. The airport, which also owns and operates the Avitat Bangor FBO, is exhibiting here (Booth No. 664) for its second year, having attended every EBACE since the show started.
Ground support equipment supplier Aero Specialties is here at EBACE (Booth No. 1235) as an official distributor of Unitron ground power units. Unitron, based in Dallas, Texas, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and for the first time is unveiling a line of GPUs that are approved to European Union standards.
Flying Colours, a Canadian independent completion and refurbishment center, is knee-deep in cabin finish work on Challenger 850s and conversions of CRJ200 regional jets to executive/VIP use. It delivered its first Challenger 850 completion under contract to Bombardier in December, has six more in various stages of cabin finish work and is awaiting arrival of a neighth aircraft.
Like many EBACE exhibitors, Morristown Municipal Airport (Booth No. 454) is here at EBACE encouraging aircraft operators traveling to the U.S. to try a different airport instead of the higher-profile ports of entry (POE). Morristown is a New Jersey suburb west of New York City, and its airport features a 5,999-foot ILS-served main runway, control tower, fire-and-rescue operation and a U.S.
The airline industry did not embrace supersonic speed the first time around in the 1970s, and today, mired in a recession and struggling to cope with reduced passenger demand for cheap, old-fashioned travel at Mach 0.80, mere survival is consuming all its resources.
Viking Air is close to achieving European and Canadian certification of its new Twin Otter 400, having made a first flight with the revamped, 21-century version of the classic twin turboprop design in February. U.S. certification is due to follow by the end of this year.