The times, they are a changing. Years ago, during the heyday of new product introductions within a few years of each other and a plethora of international aerospace manufacturers, airshow exhibitors tripped over each other trying to outdo the competition.
Manufacturers delivered 518 new business jets last year, some 23 percent fewer than the 676 shipped in 2002, according to the annual year-end report released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
Transport Canada found no violations of Federal Aviation Regulations during a special-purpose audit of Georgian Express, and on January 27 returned the operator certificate to the Toronto-based airline.
Under new FAA anti-drug and alcohol-misuse regulations, repair stations are responsible only for their own compliance, and not the compliance of their contractors, the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) determined.
Most NBAA exhibitor advisory members agree that the economy so far this year is already better than last year, and they forecast that business aircraft orders in 2004 will show a year-over-year increase.
As of early last month, the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition, scheduled for May 25, 26 and 27 in Geneva, Switzerland, had already sold 30 percent more exhibit space than last year’s show, according to NBAA.
Jeppesen recently kicked off a five-year plan to introduce a “fully integrated line of new JAA training products.” The first, a revised set of ATPL training texts, is scheduled to be released this fall and will replace the current ATPL manuals.
Want to know what your aviation state taxes are being used for, how to apply for refunds and other tax details? Then you might want to check out the 2004 State Tax Guide for General Aviation from costing analysts Conklin & de Decker.
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