In releasing its financial results for the third quarter today, Dassault Aviation said it received orders for 37 Falcons during the first nine months of this year. Meanwhile, it delivered 43 business jets in the same period. This compares favorably to last year, with orders for 30 Falcons and 35 deliveries during the first nine months. The French manufacturer said it expects to meet its goal of approximately 65 Falcon deliveries this year.
Jetex Flight Support has taken its first major step to expansion in South America, particularly in Brazil. Earlier this month Jetex started supplying fuel to international operators in domestic airports in Brazil. The company sees Brazil as a growing market for private aviation, with business aircraft traffic at airports within 100 miles of São Paulo doubling during the past five years. Jetex said it will work directly with into-plane agents to help lower prices for their clients by eliminating third-party costs.
Michigan-based fuel and aviation services provider Avfuel has announced the latest addition to its growing network of international dealers. London City Airport Jet Centre is the company’s fourth branded FBO in the UK, joining locations at Belfast, Birmingham and Luton. According to Avfuel president and CEO Craig Sincock, the company is working on deals that it expects will add more UK FBOs, as well as several new mainland European-branded dealers, over the coming months.
Virtually every industry and profession in America enjoys the backing of an association and its lobbyists. And it doesn’t matter whether those lobbyists represent funeral directors, textile manufacturers, dairy farmers or dental consultants.
The FAA has given the green light to AAR for its new aircraft maintenance facility in Duluth, Minn. The addition of the Duluth facility increases AAR’s worldwide aircraft maintenance capacity by approximately 10 percent. Duluth joins AAR facilities in Indianapolis; Oklahoma City; Miami; and Hot Springs, Ark., as part of the company’s nationwide “1MRO” network.
Hartzell Engine Technologies of Montgomery, Ala., and Lamar Technologies of Marysville, Wash., have exchanged portions of their respective product lines. Hartzell sold Lamar its electronics business unit, consisting of voltage regulators, overvoltage sensors, master control unit and battery analyzer products; Lamar sold its starter and alternator product lines in return.
CRS Jet Spares, a business aviation aftermarket parts supplier, has been authorized to be Securaplane’s sales and service center in Brazil. The authorization is an extension of the relationship the two companies have in the U.S.
The CRS base of operations in Fort Lauderdale makes it geographically desirable as a gateway for the South American market. CRS also plans to establish a facility in Brazil that will be a sales, logistics and service center supporting the aftermarket needs of Gulfstream, Challenger, Hawker, Falcon and Lear operators.
Superior Air Parts has announced that Glen Golden has joined the company as its vice president of sales and marketing. Golden brings more than 30 years of general and business aviation aftermarket parts sales and marketing experience to the Dallas-based company. Before joining Superior Air Parts, Golden owned Enhanced Aircraft Systems, which specialized in sales and marketing programs for companies developing STCs and PMAs.
The FAA granted type certification last Friday for the Sikorsky S-76D medium-twin helicopter, a protracted program that was launched in 2006. Deliveries, which were originally slated to start in late 2010, are now planned to begin later this quarter, as the backlog is “approaching half a billion dollars.”
According to Sikorsky Global Helicopters vice president Ed Beyer, “The S-76D will offer a higher cruise speed than its predecessors, coupled with more efficient fuel burn, making the S-76 more productive than ever.” Deliveries of the original S-76 began in 1979.
Aviation insurer Chartis has added crisis response coverage to aviation policies for corporate customers, including airports and charter management companies. The new product provides customers access to immediate funds for crisis management costs resulting from a catastrophic event. With the coverage, policyholders can receive up to $250,000 of additional policy limits for costs associated with hiring a crisis management firm to help manage reputation risk, as well as for other crisis-related expenses, such as temporary living, travel, counseling, medical and funeral costs.