Thanks to the help of its new Chinese owner, Enstrom Helicopter unveiled plans in April to develop a new helicopter and for a major plant expansion and upgrade of its Menominee, Mich. headquarters.
In the latest print edition of Aviation International News sister publication Business Jet Traveler and on its website, you’ll discover BJT’s Second Annual Book of Lists feature, which we hope you’ll find both informative and entertaining.
Pre-owned business jet and turboprop inventories continued their downward trajectory last month, according to data released yesterday by business aviation market information firm JetNet. But the overall picture of the pre-owned market remains mixed at best.
Rectrix Commercial Aviation Services acquired APP Jet Center’s FBO at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport earlier this week for an undisclosed cash amount. The move consolidates the Massachusetts-based company’s holdings at the Gulf Coast Florida airport while reducing the number of service providers there to two. Rectrix is in the midst of a growth spurt, having purchased fellow Massachusetts-based aviation services and maintenance provider AirFlyte in January.
Bombardier’s Flexjet subsidiary reported a strong first quarter, led by growth in new buyers as well as higher levels of activity by existing fractional-share, jet card and lease customers. In the first quarter, new business was up 83 percent, fractional share sales up 108 percent and jet card sales up 48 percent over the same period last year. “Our flying is not only up with all the new sales,” said Flexjet president Deanna White, “but also our existing customers are ramping up their flying time.
The Jet Centre at London City Airport (LCY) is set to conclude a $500,000 renovation of its passenger facility next month. Aimed at streamlining the passenger experience, the improvements, such as a relocated entrance adjacent to the car park and a new layout to facilitate interaction between staff and customers, allow the facility now to offer a “60-second plane-to-car” arrival pledge. Other additions include a new crew facility, private guest meeting room and an updated customs and security screening facility.
Beechcraft promoted Dave Rosenberg to vice president of strategic planning and programs and Don Alvord to vice president of human resources. In his new role, Rosenberg will be responsible for the company’s strategic planning and programs, including management of commercial product development programs and analysis of joint ventures and potential acquisitions. He was the director of the Hawker 4000 and piston-line general manager.
Dassault Falcon is in the process of reducing the price on more than 18,500 parts. According to the OEM, this campaign complements price reductions on more than 14,000 parts last year. A spokesman for the company said that until recently the focus has been on ensuring the ready availability and timely shipment of parts.
Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) has received Part 145 maintenance organization approval from the Russian State Centre of Aviation Flight Safety. The approval allows ACJC to perform base and line maintenance, light maintenance, heavy maintenance up to the six-year check and upgrades (Service Bulletin/EO embodiment on both airframe and systems), as well as aircraft modifications on Russian-registered A320-series aircraft. It also includes trouble-shooting worldwide.
World Fuel Services has expanded membership in the FlyBuys Rewards Program to the European business and general aviation market. As such, pilots, flight departments, crewmembers, schedulers and dispatchers in Europe can join the FlyBuys Rewards program to earn points and redeem them for rewards. In addition, participating World Fuel Services network FBOs and merchants in Europe can offer FlyBuys Rewards points as incentives. Rewards are earned when a FlyBuys member uses a linked Avcard, WFS Contract Fuel or BaseOps account.