Class warfare is much in the headlines of late, and there’s a sort of parallel in business aviation. While the wealthiest citizens and corporations are sitting on mounds of cash for fear of investing it in the wrong place in troubled times, the middle class, the poor and many small businesses are feeling the financial deprivation of this downturn day-to-day. So goes it in the hierarchy of business-jet manufacturers.
NBAA Convention News » October 11, 2011
Amid the recent announcements of major fuel companies withdrawing from the general-aviation arena, independent fuel provider Avfuel continues to see growth and opportunity in the market. Over the past year, the Ann Arbor, Mich.-based company has added 57 new FBOs to its network, bringing its total to well over 600 locations nationwide.
Mid Continent Controls is taking advantage of the NBAA stage to introduce its new Pulse-nHD cabin management system and in-flight entertainment package that has all the goodies expected by a completion or refurbishment center, and more.
Work is progressing on Embraer’s newest offering, the midsize Legacy 500, and the Brazilian airframer says it is on schedule to fly the $18.4 million twinjet by year-end.
Nearly three years ago exactly, in October 2008, I was sitting in the back of a Citation CJ1+ headed to the NBAA convention in Orlando, Fla. Lehman Brothers had collapsed two weeks earlier and there was a sentiment of caution and confusion surrounding the financial markets. NBAA 2008 ran from October 4 to 10.
Another player has joined those offering engine upgrades on the Cessna Caravan. Earlier this summer, Blackhawk Modifications (Booth No.
Teterboro Airport today at NBAA 2011 honored 19 individuals and companies operating from the northern New Jersey field with its “Good Neighbor Awards,” presented annually at the NBAA convention since 2004. The program recognizes quiet flying at TEB through adherence to the airport’s voluntary restraints on late-night and Stage 2 jet operations.
Deliveries of the HondaJet will be delayed until at least mid-2013 because of a late-stage redesign of the GE Honda Aero HF120 engine that powers it. The engine fan has undergone the redesign following a failure during an on-ground ice ingestion test, Honda Aircraft president Michimasa Fujino revealed at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas today. Fujino said he expected the revamped engine to be certified sometime in the second half of 2012. He called the delay “regrettable.”
Million Air–which has more than two dozen FBOs in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean–announced here at the show that its Alexandria, La., facility is its FBO of the Year award winner. Meanwhile, the Salt Lake City location won NetJets’s FBO of the Year award.
The recent award of three new completions contracts for VIP versions of Airbus and Boeing aircraft have prompted Comlux America to begin construction of a new hangar at its Indianapolis headquarters. The 64,500-sq-ft building is due to open in the second quarter of 2012 and will be able to accommodate four jets up to the size of a Boeing BBJ3.