Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Zero Eight Papa Aviation Services has launched a new career Web site.
Boeing continues to add utility to its BBJ series corporate jets, and the latest effort is the addition of enhanced vision system (EVS) capability to the BBJ’s head-up display (HUD). To add safety to BBJ operations, however, Boeing is also working on delivering the EVS display on one of the Honeywell LCDs on the instrument panel, so the first officer can see the same EVS picture that the pilot sees on the HUD.
A record order backlog for Boeing 737s has put Boeing Business Jet president Steven Hill in something of a quandary. On one hand, residual values on used airplanes keep rising, but a customer for a new airplane could have to wait 10 years for delivery. “That is a turnoff” for potential customers, conceded Hill, although Boeing Business Jets (Booth No. 7479) itself continues to see its own backlog grow to unprecedented levels.
Several new services and alliances have been added to Flightneeds.com, a Web site providing weather data, FBO information, airport descriptions, charter guides and other flight-planning resources. Among the new additions is “FBO pre-advisal,” which permits pilots to go online, contact participating FBOs and order fuel, rental cars, hotel reservations, ramp space, conference rooms, newspapers and other amenities.
Despite a slowing economy that is diminishing the rate of orders for some business jet manufacturers, delivery rates for many other manufacturers are holding firm. For example, Boeing reports that it delivered eight Boeing Business Jets in the first half of this year, the same number it delivered in the first half of last year. Since being introduced in 1996, 36 BBJs have entered service.
Alliance Aerospace, the manufacturing facility in Macon, Ga., that was to continue development of the entry-level Century Jet while simultaneously performing subcontract work for Boeing and others, is bankrupt and has been shut down by Bill and Lori Northrup, principal owners of both Century Aerospace and Alliance.
No fewer than 10 Boeing 757-200s–both VIP and head-of-state aircraft–now benefit from Aviation Partners’ Performance Enhancing Blended Winglet Systems, the company reported as it prepared for business at EBACE this year. The company places the global market for Blended Winglet VIP and head-of-state upgrades at some 25 Boeing 757-200s, five 767-300ERs and 25 Boeing 737 NG and Classic airframes.
When Boeing unveiled its air traffic management (ATM) plan last June, it presented a future world of advanced communication, navigation and surveillance technologies that would modernize today’s ATC system, greatly increase capacity and significantly reduce delays.
Irvine, Calif.-based Intheairnet last month announced it has purchased most of the assets of Passenger Networks, a Santa, Ana, Calif. maker of airborne computer servers, satellite antennas and cabin software applications.
Jet Aviation inaugurated a new hangar at its Basel completion facility on May 16, just days before the opening of EBACE. Capable of simultaneously accommodating an A380 and a B747, the facility covers more than 100,000 square feet. Another 100,000 square feet of office and shop space is to be added in the near future. The event was attended by 500 customers, suppliers, members of local authorities and the press.