“It’s a great feeling giving away 19 scholarships worth near $55,000 to deserving men and women who want to be part of the helicopter industry,” said Marty Pociask, who for four years now has been vice president and curator of Helicopter Foundation International (HFI), the non-profit foundation supported by HAI. Pociask is here at Heli-Expo both to run the silent auction, raising funds for next year’s scholarships and to organize the Heritage Display of Helicopters in the exhibit hall.
While my primary job was to be an observer at the Avantair bankruptcy auction–which was held in a warehouse just a mile from the company’s former Clearwater (Fla.) Airport on Friday, January 10–I was also a participating bidder. Bidder number 156 to be exact.
Both in terms of actual cost structures and customer perception, the line between low-cost carriers (LCCs) and so-called legacy airlines has blurred, according to a new report from accountancy group KPMG. The company’s 2013 Airline Disclosures Handbook, published on March 12, showed that the cost gap between LCCs and legacy operators dropped by more than 30 percent between 2006 and 2011, falling from 3.6 U.S. cents to 2.5 cents per available seat kilometer (ASK).
Latitude Technologies announced that its Flight Data Monitoring (FDM) system is now available on a subscription basis, which gives fleet operators the opportunity to reduce upfront capital costs dramatically. Latitude Technologies President Mark Insley explained the reason for the move away from the purchase-only option. “We want to make it simple for operators to get FDM embedded in their fleet operations so they see how the data captured by the IONode can help improve flight safety and operating efficiencies.”
Aircraft Sales and Parts is now available to anyone free of charge to search, request pricing and contact the advertiser directly. “If you are looking to buy or sell any type of aircraft or aviation product you have come to the right place,” CEO and co-founder Rob Taylor said. The service is subscription-based (rather than commission-based) for the seller, so any individual can make free inquiries and there’s no charge for sales. Users are allowed to list up to a million parts and/or aircraft from a single account.
Eclipse 500 air-taxi firm Linear Air on Friday announced new benefits for frequent-flier customers from Boston Hanscom Field and Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y. The Concord, Mass.-based charter operator’s new “platinum service” program will be offered at no charge to customers who fly more than five trips from these airports.
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) has announced the official launch of its customer loyalty program, Maintenance Plus.
“The ShAirForceOne program will deliver the ultimate corporate flight experience with respect to safety, security, comfort and productivity,” Art Brown, president of New York City-based ShAirForce, told AIN. “And we’re doing it at a price that is competitive with both the airlines and other fractional programs.”
New York City-based ShAirForce LLC continues to move forward with its plan to become the world’s first fractional operator to offer its clients premium-class-only aircraft with daily nonstop service between high-demand domestic and international city pairs. The company recently released its Web site address (www.ShAirForce.com) and toll-free number, (866) Go-ShAir.