Anticipating several more years of suppressed demand for private aviation, NetJets Europe is seeking further voluntary redundancies from its pilot workforce. The fractional ownership and jet card provider is in consultation with its flight crews in the hope of avoiding compulsory layoffs, with some of the temporary payroll reduction measures it took in 2009 set to expire by the end of next year.
NetJets aircraft charter and management arm Executive Jet Management launched a new program that provides flight departments and aircraft owners with a “comprehensive suite” of services that offer cost savings on fuel and crew training and VIP access to FBOs.
A special report released this week at the NBAA Convention by Argus analyzing the last three years of its TraqPak flight activity data found “no clear pattern, in either the upward or downward direction of total flight hours,” but found a consistent year-after-year cyclical peak in activity during the March time frame. Results also validate anecdotal evidence of a shift to the use of smaller aircraft.
Opening to a packed room at the NBAA Convention on Halloween eve is a feat in itself; to keep attendees’ attention for a full hour on such a busy day takes some meat. Sheryl Barden, president and CEO of Aviation Personnel International (API), moderated a panel of industry leaders who postulated their own theories for why we are currently forced to recruit aggressively to increase the pool of talented people from which to choose our next generation of aviators and aviation support staff throughout the world.
FlightSafety International has released an eLearning version of its cold-weather operations course that runs on an iPad and on a standard Windows PC. The course covers both ground and in-flight icing, de-icing and anti-icing, including the latest 2012/2013 holdover timetables. The FlightSafety learning management system within the course tracks students’ progress and allows them to begin work on a PC and resume studying later from the same place in the program on an Apple iOS device.
FlightSafety International’s Orlando Learning Center caters to the full range of Cessna Citation clients. Many return to the center for recurrent training while their aircraft undergo maintenance across the street at Cessna’s factory-owned and -operated regional service center.
FLYHT Aerospace Solutions (Booth No. 2893) is installing its automated flight information reporting system AFIRS 228 on Hawker 750 through 900XP models operating in Europe. Fractional ownership provider NetJets Europe will be the first to benefit from the new supplemental type certificate (STC).
EASA has granted the Calgary, Canada-based firm an “activation STC,” as a follow-on to a “provisions-only STC.” The provisions systems, already installed on 10 of NetJets Europe’s Hawkers, include the tray, wiring and antenna. NetJets Europe has ordered 30 AFIRS 228 complete kits.
NetJets unveiled its new Bombardier Global 6000 at the NBAA show static display on Sunday. The fractional ownership giant has spent 18 months developing the Signature Series cabin interior for the large cabin aircraft and will also roll out the new design to other new members of its fleet, including the Challenger 605 and 300 models.
Business aviation in-flight catering provider Air Chef Holdings has rebranded all of its divisions under one new name, Air Culinaire Worldwide (Booth No. 3024) and moved its headquarters earlier this month from Columbus, Ohio, to Tampa, Fla. Air Chef was founded in Columbus in 2000 by Paul Schweitzer, Air Culinaire’s current president, after he departed from NetJets as its vice president of vendor services. While at NetJets, he observed that the business aviation catering business was “fragmented,” so he formed Air Chef to help consolidate this segment.
NetJets has selected MedAire, an International SOS company, as its medical assistance provider for both customers and crewmembers, in-flight and on the ground. MedAire will provide medical kits for the aircraft and first-aid medical training for crewmembers. MedAire also provides all medical services to NetJets Europe and Executive Jet Management. “Safety is NetJets’s top priority and the foundation of everything we do,” said Bill Nice, the company’s global COO.