Business

January 14, 2013 - 1:40pm

In a new safety alert for operators (SAFO), the FAA reminds pilots not to depend upon cockpit technology as the primary means to control the aircraft in all situations.

“A recent analysis of flight operations data (including normal flight operations, incidents and accidents) identified an increase in manual handling errors,” said the SAFO, issued on January 4.

January 14, 2013 - 1:05pm

The National Business Aviation Association announced its new FileSmart system last week as a way to help operators develop flight plans that should increase ATC system efficiencies. FileSmart is a web-based educational product created to teach operators how to improve the timeliness and accuracy of their flight plans by adding more information about their intent where relevant.

January 14, 2013 - 9:45am

In seeking to consummate its proposed strategic alliance with Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic Airways aims to head off the challenge posed by the formidable pairing of British Airways and American Airlines. So who did Virgin chairman Sir Richard Branson recruit to succeed retiring CEO Steve Ridgway? Why, naturally, a senior American Airlines executive in the shape of senior vice president for customers Craig Kreeger, who assumes his new role from February 1.

January 11, 2013 - 11:34am

Singapore Airlines has completed a firm order for 25 more widebody aircraft from Airbus, comprising five A380 superjumbos and 20 A350-900s. The parties signed the firm order in December, some two months after Singapore announced its intention to enter into the contract.

January 10, 2013 - 3:15pm

After posting a 2.3-percent loss in November, business aircraft flying decreased again last month versus a year ago–this time by 2 percent–according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. These results again were partially weighed down by the temporary shutdown of Avantair’s turboprop flight operations during the fourth quarter.

January 10, 2013 - 3:08pm

Led by increasing demand for its R66 turbine single, Robinson Helicopter posted strong numbers last year, delivering 517 aircraft, up from 365 in 2011, according to company CEO Kurt Robinson. “Things have definitely picked up,” he told AIN.

January 10, 2013 - 3:05pm

The scale and value of anticipated charter bookings for the rest of January and into early next month has taken a predictable dip after the busy Christmas and New Year period.

January 10, 2013 - 2:50pm

India’s business aviation sector is facing a new obstacle to growth, with civil aviation minister Ajit Singh now insisting on giving final approval for every aircraft imported into the country. Before October, aircraft acquisition requests from airlines, charter companies and private individuals were dealt with by senior government officials on the aircraft acquisition committee, which met each month to clear backlogged requests.

January 10, 2013 - 2:45pm

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court issued an order on Monday authorizing Hawker Beechcraft to assume an earlier agreement with Pilatus Aircraft, resolving a claim by the Swiss OEM against the Wichita aircraft manufacturer. Pilatus had alleged that Hawker Beechcraft continued to build and deliver T-6 trainers before and following the May bankruptcy filing without paying royalties on intellectual property in production of the aircraft. The T-6 and AT-6 are both based on a Pilatus design.

January 10, 2013 - 2:35pm

Cessna Aircraft has started production of the Citation M2 at its Independence, Kan. facility, the company announced today. The front and aft cabin assemblies for the light business jet, which is a derivative of the out-of-production CJ1, are built at Cessna’s Wichita facility and then transported to Independence for final assembly and delivery. S/N 800, a demonstrator aircraft, is slated to roll off the assembly line in April.

 
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