Demand at Beechcraft for special-mission variants of the King Air is growing at a rate the Wichita OEM finds at least gratifying and at most downright exciting.
Annual special reports and features from AIN Publications, including the reports from the annual FBO and Product Support Surveys. Other topics include Completions and Refurbishment, Cabin Electronics, New Business Jets, New Regional Jets, New Rotorcraft, pilot reports of aircraft and others, as well as one-of-a-kind special reports on numerous other aviation topics.
The aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) continues to grow and 2013 showed a “remarkable” 12-percent increase in the number of visitors as a total of 8,906 attendees passed through the doors during the three-day event, (April 9-11) in Hamburg, Germany. More than 500 exhibitors representing 26 countries covered a record 193,750 sq ft in Hamburg’s Messe Center exhibit halls, roughly 21,000 sq ft more than last year.
Marching to the theme of the Star Wars movies, speakers for the 2013 opening session of ABACE found their places on the broad stage in the Shanghai Hawker Pacific hangar at Hongqiao International Airport and the event began.
The general theme of all the speakers, from Ed Bolen, president, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), to Gary Locke, United States Ambassador to China, was one of cooperation of efforts to bring a vibrant and viable business aviation industry to China.
As a co-owner of Tastefully Yours, a large Atlanta-based business aviation caterer, Amanda Kraft had for years bemoaned the fact that packaging and storage materials were anything but catering friendly–too big, too bulky, too heavy, too expensive and often “just plain ugly.”
Finally fed up with packing orders in giant plastic containers that were too large to store anywhere but the baggage bay and were available only in quantities of 1,000, she embarked on a voyage of discovery. Her solution is a new business called Airware.
When the financial crisis that exploded in late 2008 began to ravage Western economies in 2009 and 2010, the business aviation industry took well founded comfort from the fact that escalating demand from emerging markets farther east seemed to be shoring up otherwise sagging demand in traditional markets.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has a corporate culture that emphasizes giving back, and some 1,600 graduates of its Colégio Embraer Juarez Wanderley, in São Jose dos Campos, are evidence that the industry–and the company–benefit from the effort. With that in mind, the company is opening its second school, in Botucatu.
Aerospace Technologies Group (ATG) is taking the art of aircraft window shades to a new level. The Boca Raton, Fla.-based company (Booth No. 995) is promoting its line of window shade systems for business aircraft. The line includes the electromechanical Powertech and Powertech 2 dual-pleated shade-and-rail systems and the latest product known as Panacea, which adds fourth-generation electrochromic technology.
Business aviation is growing fast in Brazil, and the Associação Brasileira de Aviação (ABAG) believes its Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) this past August in São Paulo is ample proof.
Eurocopter launched its new EC175 helicopter four years ago at the Heli-Expo show in Houston, Texas, showing a fuselage mockup of the new helicopter. Last month, AIN editor-in-chief Randy Padfield had the opportunity to fly one of the EC175 prototypes at Eurocopter’s main facility on Marseille-Provence Airport in France. This is his report of that flight.
There hasn’t been a good year for business aviation since 2008, and despite hopes of an industry recovery, it appears 2012 won’t be the next one.
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