The Obama Administration notified Congress on March 7 of planned revisions to the U.S. Munitions List (USML) in the aircraft and gas-turbine engine categories. The revisions will move items considered to be non-sensitive or having dual military and commercial uses from the State Department-administered USML to the more flexible Commerce Control List (CCL) under the administration’s export control reform initiative.
EASA certified the Falcon 2000S and Falcon 2000LXS large-cabin business jets on Monday, Dassault CEO Eric Trappier announced today during the firm’s annual press event in Paris. The manufacturer previously predicted Falcon 2000S certification last year, while the EASA’s nod for the Falcon 2000LXS was anticipated for the first half of this year.
The positive momentum for business aircraft flying in January apparently didn’t continue into February, with flight activity in this segment falling 4.4 percent year-over-year last month, according to TraqPak data released on Tuesday by aviation services company Argus.
The UK’s air passenger duty (APD) tax, which has been in effect for the airlines for several years, will officially be extended to business aircraft passengers on April 1. APD applies only to aircraft taking off from a UK airport, meaning it is a departure tax, based on the number of chargeable passengers, the distance to their destination and the “class” in which they are traveling.
Embraer’s business-aviation results for fiscal year 2012, released yesterday, were flat, with deliveries of 99 business jets equaling the tally in 2011. But net revenue increased, to $1.292 billion last year from $1.118 billion in 2011, thanks to a more favorable mix of model deliveries.
In 2011, the Brazilian OEM delivered 83 light jets and 16 large jets. Last year those numbers shifted, with deliveries of 77 light jets and 22 more lucrative large jets, boosting executive jet revenue by more than 20 percent last year.
With the FAA set to announce its finalized cost-cutting plan under sequestration on Monday–which could result in the closing of nearly 170 air traffic control towers and other agency facilities–NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen sent a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta to outline the business aviation community’s “significant concerns” with the plan and offer proposals for mitigating the situation.
Dassault delivered 66 Falcons last year, up from 63 the year before, the company announced today. The manufacturer expects to deliver “around 70 Falcons” this year. Last year, salespeople took orders for 58 business jets, a notable increase from 36 in 2011. The Falcon market is “still convalescent,” Dassault CEO Eric Trappier said. He hopes for a recovery, especially in the U.S. Some regions, such as South America, Russia and Northern Europe, are “very active,” he added.
Cessna Aircraft plans to expand its worldwide sales force by nearly 50 percent and currently has nearly 40 aircraft sales job openings listed on its careers page, the company announced today. As part of this effort, the company is placing an emphasis on decentralized satellite offices in global markets where Cessna’s presence is established or where the company sees growth opportunities.
Duluth, Minn.-based Cirrus Aircraft promoted executive vice president and COO Pat Waddick to president and COO. CEO Dale Klapmeier said the timing of the announcement couldn’t be better, as the company begins “to accelerate the Vision SF50 Jet program as we aim to fly the first conforming certification aircraft within the next 12 months.” In his new role, Waddick will have responsibility for daily company operations, including sales and service, manufacturing and supply chain, product development and administration.
Elliott Aviation announced plans to add 50 new jobs and invest $1.8 million over the next two years for improvements at its Quad City International Airport location in Moline, Ill. Currently, Elliott Aviation has 240 full-time employees; with the planned expansion, the company anticipates growing to nearly 300 employees in the next two years.