Aircraft Cost Calculator, which offers a web-based business aircraft operating cost calculator, has formed an advisory board of business aviation industry veterans “to further strengthen our application for our clients.” The four advisory board members include Rene Banglesdorf of Charlie Bravo Aviation; Dan Dickinson of Inav Group; Emmanuel Dupuy of Heli Asset of Paris; and Robert Gort of Sterling Aviation.
UK-based air charter broker Air Partner announced a strategic partnership with InterGlobe Established of Gurgaon, India, to launch a range of private aviation products in India. InterGlobe will provide access to potential customers and knowledge of the Indian corporate and luxury travel markets, while Air Partner will offer clients access to the group’s on-demand charter and pre-paid jet card program. Clients will also have access to Air Partner’s commercial jet services, which charters airliners with 20 to 500 seats.
Gulfstream Aerospace is developing a specially outfitted field and airborne support team (Fast) mobile maintenance vehicle. “The new unit will not be based at a service center so it will be available to be relocated as necessary,” Barry Russell, vice president, customer support told AIN.
Operating from San Jose International Airport, the vehicle will support customers as far east as Reno. From December to early March it will shift its base to Denver’s Centennial Airport to serve operators in Colorado during ski season.
Indianapolis-based Eagle Creek Aviation Services received the 2011 Service Center of the Year Platinum Award from Twin Commander Aircraft. “The Twin Commander accounts for a significant amount of our sales and service business every year. We think it’s a great airplane and enjoy working on it,” Richard Branch, vice president of Eagle Creek Aviation, told AIN.
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.