When Mary Schwartz, director of aircraft finance for Citigroup (Booth No. 1058), was given the task of forming the New York-based bank’s aircraft finance department six years ago, its portfolio of business airplanes consisted of just a few.
Raytheon Aircraft broke ground on October 3 to expand its aircraft completions facilities in Little Rock, Ark., with a $16.3 million addition creating more room for paint and interior completions of the Hawker 4000.
Business Jet Center (BJC), a Dallas Love Field FBO, is now authorized by the Transportation Security Administration as a gateway for general aviation flights into Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).
Servizi Elicotteristici Italiani, better known as SEI (exhibiting here at parent company Mercaer’s booth, No. 1047), has long been the shop of choice for helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland when it comes to completing executive/VIP interiors.
The industry’s fortunes have changed dramatically in the last three years, swinging wildly from the lowest of lows to almost unimaginable heights. For business aircraft makers, the current “cycle” likely will be remembered as one of the biggest roller-coaster rides in the industry’s history.
Canada's private, user-fee-based ATC system–Nav Canada–believes that general aviation operators are double-charged for use of Canada's aviation infrastructure and that fuel excise taxes should be reduced.
"Business aviation should support the shift to user fees," urged Reason Foundation director of transportation studies Robert Poole, "if it is part of a comprehensive reform of ATC." He said user fees would enable the costly switch to a "network-centric" (more technology-based) ATC system that in
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