Based on its most recent statistics and industry member surveys, data provider Jetnet (Booth no. 5099) continues to forecast an upturn in the market. “If you liked the industry over the last 10 or 20 years, we believe its going to get even better,” said Jetnet iQ director Roland Vincent at the company’s “State of the Market” briefing yesterday.
Strom Aviation (Booth No. 892) places aviation industry staff all over the world, searching out qualified people and matching them to the job requirements of open positions as aircraft crew, executives and operations personnel. The company has experienced its share of ups and downs over its 20-year lifespan, but today president Dan Wrolson would classify business as growing solidly. He sees opportunities emerging in the staffing market as a whole, and a high demand for skilled and qualified maintenance personnel who can work in completions, aircraft engineering and sales.
New staff and a fresh premium Platinum program head up Jet Support Services announcements at NBAA’12. JSSI (Booth No. 3711) has added the Rolls-Royce BR725 engine found on the Gulfstream G650 to its Platinum program lineup. Engines covered under the Platinum program also include support for the Rolls-Royce BR710, Tay 611-8 and -8C, AE3007A1E and -A2E, GE CF34-3A, -3A1, -3A2, -3B, -3B1 and -10E7 engines. JSSI provides cost-per-hour coverage programs for engines and airframes.
Embraer’s Legacy 500 program is gathering pace as the new midsize business jet is prepared for its maiden flight.
Jeff Carrithers, president and CEO of Globalair.com, is back at the NBAA show (Booth No. 5311) with a new program providing real-time analytics of aircraft sale histories. Globalair.com delivers a wide range of aviation-related data and services, including aircraft for sale, FBOs, aircraft parts and maintenance center information, weather, fuel prices, aviation financing and insurance.
Representatives from Japan’s government and Narita Airport are here (Booth No. 3831) to describe recent initiatives to promote business aviation in their country. Japan, with the world’s third largest economy (recently surpassed by China), is home to 68 of the world’s Fortune 500 companies, 52 of which are based in the greater Tokyo area. Yet the country until recently has not embraced corporate aviation.
Right in the middle of the NBAA Convention is precisely the right time to begin thinking about December’s Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show in Dubai, the fifth edition since the show began in 2005. This year’s event runs from December 11 to 13, but at a new location, Dubai’s Al Maktoum International Airport (OMDW), a 25-minute drive south of the City of Dubai.
Texas-based aircraft battery and power equipment manufacturer MarathonNorco is on hand at NBAA’12 to introduce the latest addition to its line of Christie battery analyzers. The RF80-M aircraft battery charger/analyzer incorporates new advanced micro-controller technology with a programmable touchscreen display, while building on the company’s existing power circuitry and durability from its previous models. Battery analysis can be performed either in manual mode or by utilizing the system’s programmable modes. The RF80-M will store up to 100 battery processing programs.
Business aviation service provider Gama Group (Booth No. 2843) has entered an exclusive agreement through its subsidiary Gama Support Services with Professional Aviation Associates to hold consignment stock for Europe-based Hawker Beechcraft aircraft. The agreement significantly expands the range of stock that Gama Support Services holds for Hawker Beechcraft products, according to Gama Group.
In a world of accelerating Internet and Wi-Fi costs, Satcom1 is putting on the brakes. For a long time, said the Danish satellite systems provider (Booth No. 1891), owners and operators have been “immensely bothered” by the fact that they have to spend an excessive amount of additional man-hours tracking months of SwiftBroadband Internet usage on board the aircraft in order to bill the charter customer. The process, the company added, has led to additional expenses for both the financial as well as operations departments.