Rockwell Collins is warning that there are considerable risks that operators run when hooking up various web-based systems, Wi-Fi, satcoms–in fact anything where they are opening up ways for would-be cyber-attackers.
RocketRoute (Booth 1257) announced at EBACE that Salzburg, Austria-based charter, management and sales firm Private Airlines is its first Gulfstream customer for the RocketRoute flight-planning app. Private Airlines’s fleet includes the Gulfstream G150, G280 and G650, as well as Boeing and Airbus bizliners.
After almost 50 years of quiet growth, Belgium-based charter operator Abelag is ready to speak up. “Abelag is a discreet company,” CEO Herve Laitat said at EBACE. “Maybe it’s the philosophy of the company to be low profile, like our clients.” Even Abelag’s compact stand (Booth 1157) is low-key, belying the scale of its operations. The privately owned company operates a fleet of 25 aircraft ranging from a Beechcraft King Air 200 to a pair of Falcon 7Xs, based at five airports. Abelag also operates an FBO and a Part 145 repair station at its home base at Brussels International Airport.
“People do not understand what we do,” stated Marc Bailey from the British Business and General Aviation Association, speaking at yesterday’s Business Aviation Around the World conference, which brought together speakers from associations in numerous regions and nations. It was a message that was reiterated by other speakers: “The biggest challenge we face is the public acceptance of business aviation,” remarked NBAA COO Steve Brown. “It is not seen as a business tool, it’s seen as being excessive or unjustified.”
European business aviation flights declined almost 4 percent in the first four months of 2013 over the same period the prior year, according to data released at EBACE by Avinode, the online air charter market maker based in Gothenburg, Sweden. The figures provided a sobering introduction to Avinode’s Business Intelligence presentation and panel discussion, which brought charter operators and brokers to the dais for a frank discussion of air charter in Europe.
Steve Varsano, founder of London-based business jet sales brokerage The Jet Business, is optimistic about the industry these days. Keeping things in perspective, he said that there are now 35 percent more business jets in the fleet since the recession took hold in 2007. “That’s 5,000 more jets flying today than just six years ago, which is pretty good when you think about it,” he pointed out.
JetNet iQ director Rolland Vincent is “very optimistic” about the outlook for business aviation in Europe, as well as the rest of the world, he said yesterday at EBACE. Over the next 10 years, the company is calling for deliveries of 9,317 business jets worth $257 billion. In 2022, the projected business jet fleet would thus reach 25,937, a 36-percent increase from the 19,016 jets flying today.
Marking a year of rapid growth since its launch at EBACE 2012, the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) announced this week at EBACE 2013 that it plans to stage a business aviation expo of its own next April in conjunction with the Marrakech Air Show. The expo and airshow will be held next April 23 to 26 at Marrakech Menara Airport.
AfBAA’s expo will cover 540,000 sq ft, providing room for exhibit booths, aircraft static displays and chalets.
Rockwell Collins is warning that there are considerable risks that operators run when hooking up various web-based systems, Wi-Fi, satcoms–in fact anything where they are opening up ways for would-be cyber-attackers. Steve Timm, the company’s v-p and general manager of Flight Information Solutions, told AIN at EBACE that the main risk arises not when the aircraft is en route, but on the ground.
Signature Flight Support has launched its customer portal–My Signature–to give customers 24-hour access to their personalized service profile. My Signature allows operators to create and update a profile that includes service preferences, aircraft and engine information and the ability to view and reprint fuel purchase receipts. Customers can also check current fuel pricing, where applicable.