Business

November 3, 2012 - 2:10am

The owner of a new $4 million FBO due to open on the Isle of Man by the middle of this month is promising substantial savings for aircraft operators using it as a transit point in and out of the European Union (EU). Private Jet Company (PJC) claims it can provide savings of up to 60 percent from reduced exposure to the cost of the EU emissions trading scheme (see box). The British Crown Dependency is outside the EU so its operators can also avoid value-added tax (typically around 20 percent in Europe) on aircraft importation, as well as on fuel and services such as handling.

November 3, 2012 - 12:10am

Commodities trading specialist CF Partners is offering what it says will be an easy way for aircraft operators to buy and sell carbon credits as part of their obligations under the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS). The service has been launched in partnership with ETS Aviation, which already helps operators with the carbon emissions monitoring, reporting and verification aspects of ETS compliance, with its Aviation Footprinter and Support Services products.

November 2, 2012 - 10:35am

The U.S. Air Force issued a request for proposals (RFP) for its “high priority” combat rescue helicopter (CRH) acquisition on October 19. The RFP begins a second campaign to replace the service’s HH-60G Pave Hawk search-and-rescue helicopters. In 2009 the Pentagon cancelled the original replacement program, which had been awarded three years earlier to Boeing for the HH-47 Chinook, after successive contractor protests and delays.

November 2, 2012 - 4:15am
Rizon Jet/Argus Award

Some of the places in the world where business aviation is needed most are by their very nature some of the hardest places to provide and support this mode of transportation. It is a core paradox of the industry’s emerging markets, as frustrated service providers will attest.

November 2, 2012 - 3:50am

NetJets Europe is betting on large-cabin, long-range operations as demand for light to midsize jets remains flat and is preparing to receive its first Bombardier Global 6000. Delivery is scheduled to take place by year-end, with commercial operations starting February 1.

November 2, 2012 - 3:50am
NetJets Europe Global 6000 interior.

NetJets Europe is betting on large-cabin, long-range operations as demand for light to midsize jets remains flat and is preparing to receive its first Bombardier Global 6000. Delivery is scheduled to take place by year-end, with commercial operations starting February 1.

November 2, 2012 - 1:55am
 Castle & Cooke’s Van Nuys facility.

The story of Castle & Cooke Aviation starts like that of many FBOs, with a small flight department needing more space to grow. Craig Walker, Castle & Cooke vice president of operations and development and Dole Food director of aviation, started flying for David Murdock in 1980. Murdock is the chairman, CEO and president of Castle & Cooke, a trading, shipping and agricultural company that originated as a general store in Hawaii in 1864 and eventually ended up owning Dole Food.

November 2, 2012 - 12:10am
Moscow Jet Expo static display.

Demand for business aviation in Russia and the wider Commonwealth of Independent States is continuing to excite aircraft manufacturers and service providers alike, especially with the nearby markets of Western Europe remaining largely stagnant. Russia was not untouched by fallout from the financial crisis that started in 2008, but for most of the past 10 years has sustained strong business aviation growth.

November 1, 2012 - 3:30pm

Based on its most recent statistics and industry member surveys, aviation data provider Jetnet continues to forecast an upturn in the market. “If you liked the industry over the last 10 or 20 years, we believe it’s going to get even better,” said JetNet iQ director Rolland Vincent at the company’s “state of the market” briefing this week at the NBAA Convention.

November 1, 2012 - 3:15pm

NetJets’ aircraft charter and management arm, Executive Jet Management, launched a new program that provides flight departments and aircraft owners with a suite of services that offer cost savings on fuel and crew training and VIP access to FBOs. Dubbed Support Services, the program also offers benefits that include preferred rates for crew recruiting, crew training classes, aircraft brokerage, aircraft quality evaluations and maintenance at EJM’s repair station at Cincinnati Municipal Airport-Lunken Field.

 
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