Execair, with FBOs in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness in the UK, as well as at Belgium’s Brussels Charleroi Airport, Prague Ruzyne Airport in the Czech Republic and Ireland’s Dublin Airport, instituted a 2-percent surcharge on business aircraft handling bills starting February 1.
Aviation International News » March 2002
PrivateSky Aviation Services is building an expanded facility on an additional 15 acres at Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, Fla. The new building will triple the size of the current operation and enable the company to service up to 12 Gulfstreams simultaneously.
Small businesses, including FBOs and general aviation airports, still struggling to secure emergency operating funds may find relief from $4.5 billion in new lending authority approved by Congress and signed by President Bush. The cash infusion will enable the Small Business Administration to make 19,000 new emergency loans, according to Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.).
Bombardier’s Flexjet Asia executive charter network is expected to begin operations during the second quarter. The program was announced at the NBAA Convention in December.
The market for Gulfstream hush kits stands at fewer than 400 GIIs, GIITTs, GIIBs and GIIIs. These models are currently one of the softer areas of a soft market. This net number takes into account the 14 GIIs and five GIIIs written off over the years, as well as nearly 50 combined models that are serving in some government role and, due to the nature of their operation, would probably not need to conform to any noise requirements.
Although dormant for more than a decade after a production run of some 250, the Hiller FH-1100 single-turbine helicopter is being re-manufactured by FH-1100 Manufacturing Corp., of Century, Fla., which also plans to bring the Rolls-Royce 250-C20B-powered helicopter back into production, according to company officials at Heli-Expo 2002. George Van Nevel, owner, bought the FH-1100’s type certificate and tooling from Rogerson Kratos in 1998.
Rolls-Royce has combined its crystal-ball-gazing talents with those of the Teal Group, the industrial forecasting specialist that usually provides its predictions alone, in preparing its annual 10-year prognosis on the vicissitudes of the turbine-engine market for helicopters. And wait, don’t rush for the exits yet, the forecast is for steady if unspectacular growth throughout the helicopter business.
Eurocopter has successfully flown a production-capable testbed helicopter using fly-by-light systems to drive its primary flight controls. Known under the awkward cognomen of the active control technology demonstrator/flying helicopter simulator (ACT/FHS), the remarkable rotorcraft is a Eurocopter EC 135 airframe fitted with the new laser light control system.
Florida is a land with a reputation for competitions with contested results, and that tradition continued at HAI’s 2002 edition of its annual trade show and convention as two major rotorcraft makers debated over who has global domination of the vertical-takeoff flying machine market, while a third major player announced its plans for getting back into the game.
The DOT Volpe Center’s September 10 report on the vulnerability of GPS to jamming and other interference, in addition to the events of the following day, have greatly heightened national concerns about the security of the satellite system and the degree of dependence that should be placed on it as the backbone of our future ATC system.