JetBed began offering its patented design in 2008 and it has since become the gold standard for sleeping flat in a small aircraft cabin. Its beds weigh 20 to 26 pounds and deploy from a single integral bag when placed on the floor between two or four facing seats. The foundation inflates in less than a minute with the aid of a portable, rechargeable battery pump.
The Middle East still represents a “major market” for Dassault Falcon despite “recent challenging market conditions” in the region, according to company president and CEO John Rosanvallon.
The 2011 Dubai Air Show, which opens on Sunday, is set to trump the 2009 event, with anticipated visitor numbers for the trade-only event expected to be 4 percent higher at just over 55,000.
As the majority shareholder in Piaggio Aero Industries, with a 31.5-percent stake, Mubadala of Abu Dhabi is taking the lead in trying to advance the Italian airframer’s plans to launch a new business jet. The company is due to present a business plan and technical specifications for the proposed program by early 2012.
Las Vegas, the site of the 64th Annual NBAA Convention and Exhibition, is always a strong draw, and this year’s show was no exception, with 7 percent more attendees registering during the three-day event from October 10 to 12.
Despite considerable easing of import rules for Western airplanes in the past three years, Russian business aircraft owners appear reluctant to place their aircraft onto the national aviation register, according to GosNIIGA, the State Scientific Research Institute of Civil Aviation, and Russia’s largest aircraft lessor, IFC.
General Dynamics reported third-quarter earnings yesterday, and chairman and CEO Jay Johnson said the company’s aerospace group–Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation–saw “continued emerging market customer interest and improved aircraft service volume” in the quarter.
Hawker Beechcraft expressed disappointment in learning that on September 13, Moody’s Investment Service downgraded the Wichita-based OEM’s corporate family rating from Caa2 to Caa1.
Blackhawk Modifications has entered into a service agreement with ExecuJet Africa for engine upgrades. Under the terms of the agreement ExecuJet will facilitate Blackhawk performance upgrades for turboprop aircraft owners in Africa.
Less than two years after the collapse of three of its four hangars during a heavy snowstorm, the Dulles Jet Center (DJC) reopened today with two new hangars.