Robert Bryant has joined UK-based International Bureau of Aviation as manager of technical projects. He joins the firm from SpiceJet in India, where he was vice president. He has also held senior positions at Air Astana and Al Salam Aircraft and has worked with carriers such as British Airways and Saudia. An IBA spokesman said the consulting firm has seen demand for expert-witness testimony in the field of aircraft maintenance increase 400 percent over the last two years. IBA advises commercial and business aviation clients, aircraft engine manufacturers and operators.
Bombardier Aerospace “is confident in the strong, long-term potential of the business aircraft industry” and, in its latest 20-year forecast for the business aircraft market, released today, it predicts deliveries of 24,000 business jets (excluding very light jets and bizliners) worth $648 billion from 2012 to 2031. Broken down in 10-year increments, the forecast anticipates 9,800 business jet deliveries worth $266 billion from 2012 to 2021 and 14,200 deliveries worth $382 billion from 2022 to 2031.
Business aircraft flying activity last month in the U.S. increased again year-over-year, with traffic rising 1.6 percent, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. Notably, Part 135 charter flying moved into positive territory for the first time in 16 months, climbing by 0.9 percent from a year ago. Part 91 activity still dominated by operational category, and increased 4.3 percent from a year ago. However, activity at fractional providers appeared to worsen, falling 6.9 percent year-over-year.
Hawker Beechcraft is now just 11 days from a deadline to file its “plan of reorganization” with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan, and it’s possible that the plan could involve the sale of the company. “The plan provides specific details regarding how the company plans to pay creditors and allow the business to be successful in the long term,” an HBC spokeswoman told AIN.
Dassault Falcon launched a new, multi-platform global website that allows visitors quick access to information on Falcons and product enhancements and customer service capabilities. The site includes new videos and interactive features, as well as ready access to the Falcon Private Portal, where customers can order parts, receive Falcon communiqués and download technical documents. It also features a specific section on the company’s technology initiatives.
Saudi Arabia-based Nexus Flight Operations Services formed a new partnership with U.S.-based customer service experts ServiceElements International (SEI) to expand its training programs in the Middle East and Africa. Under the partnership, the companies will offer training courses in organizational resource management and other related topics which focus on the human elements and issues within the aviation and aerospace industries.
Satellite voice, fax, datalink and Internet communications solutions provider Satcom Direct opened a new domestic office at the Sheltair FBO at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. The company’s new Savannah office includes a business office and a satellite testing and integration lab. Customers who visit the location will have access to Satcom Direct’s avionics and testing lab, training facility and support services for pilots, flight operations and maintenance staff.
NetJets signed a 15-year OnPoint solution agreement with GE Aviation for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of its upcoming CF34-powered Bombardier Challenger 605 fleet, which was part of the fractional provider’s $9.6 billion aircraft order announced last week. NetJets placed a firm order for 25 Challenger 605s with options for up to 50 more, in addition to orders for other business jets.
In a rare public disagreement among crew members, the captain of Air Canada 139, an Airbus A320, and the three flight attendants on duty on June 8, argued about odd odors emanating from the aircraft ventilation system. The cabin crew thought they represented an unsafe condition; the captain did not.
Europe’s mounting financial crisis is dragging down worldwide airline profitability this year, according to a revised industry forecast from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).