Attendance at LABACE, which was held earlier this month in São Paulo, Brazil, came in at 11,681 visitors, according to organizer Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (Abag), Brazil’s business and general aviation association. This figure is down about 2,000 from last year’s show and more than 4,000 shy of initial estimates. With a reconfigured venue at São Paulo Congonhas Airport, LABACE 2014 hosted more than 100 exhibitors and a static park displaying nearly 70 aircraft, ranging from light piston singles to ultra-long-range business jets.
Announcing a record statutory after-tax loss of A$2.8 billion ($2.6 billion) on August 28, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said that the Australian flag carrier has “come through the worst” as it navigates an aggressive cost-cutting program announced in February 2014.
When Lincoln, Neb.-based Duncan Aviation broke ground on its new 175,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar facility it did so with the recommendations of the MRO’s Green Team in mind. The original design included recommended elements such as LED lights, radiant floor heating and skylights.
Cessna has named Air Services an authorized independent non-destructive testing (NDT) facility for the second year in a row. “With this certification, Air Services has access to all equipment and materials needed to perform NDT inspections and testing on all Cessna Citation models. Our NDT team can travel anywhere to support customer testing needs,” said Shawn Ehrhart, NDT manager of Air Services.
Graham Partners, a private investment firm focused on investing in businesses with advanced industrial technologies and innovative products, has acquired Desser Tire & Rubber and affiliated companies. The investment firm has been seeking to make investments in the aviation product aftermarket Desser serves.
Columbus, Ohio-based Spirit Aeronautics is introducing a new level in its AOG and on-site service capabilities. “Customers don’t always have the choice of bringing us the aircraft or have time to wait for service,” said Tony Bailey, president of Spirit Aeronautics. With that in mind, the company created its Aircraft-on-Demand Service Program to support customers who cannot move the aircraft for physical or financial reasons. “We will provide avionics, interior and maintenance service at their location, when they need it,” he added.
The FAA has granted Colorado Springs-based Trine Aerospace & Defense certification that enables it to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul services on rotary-wing aircraft.
“Trine is one of the few facilities in our region with helicopter repair station certification,” said Britt Ham, the company’s president and CEO. “The certificate enables us to serve our customers better by providing in-house repair and replacement of non-warrantied parts as well as avionics and installation repair.”
Following a “tepid” first quarter, business aviation flying made a strong comeback in the second quarter, according to business aircraft hourly-cost maintenance provider JSSI. The company’s business aviation index for the second quarter shows that global business aviation flight activity ramped up by 8 percent quarter-over-quarter and 3 percent from a year ago.
Second-quarter business jet deliveries climbed by 30 percent in North America, but this gain was more than offset by deficits in the rest of the world, according to data released yesterday by UBS Global Research. Global business jet shipments, excluding very light jets, fell 1 percent during the quarter, dragged down by losses in other world regions: -50 percent in Asia-Pacific outside China/India, -39 percent in China/India, -23 percent in Western Europe and -21 percent in emerging countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
The Melbourne (Fla.) Airport Authority is expected to approve Embraer Executive Aircraft’s plans for a Legacy 450/500 assembly facility during a special meeting tomorrow morning. Embraer has proposed constructing a $76 million, 250,000-sq-ft building that would be situated between its business jet delivery center and Phenom 100/300 assembly facility on the north side of Melbourne International Airport.