Last week, Airport Expo Centre hosted the third biennial Helishow Dubai, which boasted a record 130 exhibitors. The event, which incorporated the new Dubai Air Medical & Rescue show, filled the East Hall and featured 10 aircraft on the adjacent static display. Perhaps surprisingly, the only rotorcraft manufacturers that exhibited at Helishow and chose to remain in Dubai to exhibit at this week’s MEBA show were Eurocopter and Sikorsky.
Singapore’s first Private Aviation Show, held at Seletar Airport on September 26 and 27, attracted more than 200 visitors. The event was supported by the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) and organized by Millionaire-Asia. Exhibitors included Bombardier, Dassault, Hawker Beechcraft, Lufthansa Private Jets, OrientSKYs, The Flying Club and VistaJet.
The Corporate Angel Network recognized four corporate aircraft operators here yesterday as 2008 Quarterly Corporate Angels for their exceptional contributions to making life a little easier for cancer patients. The four aircraft operators are Air Frantz, Meredith Corp., Bank of America and General Motors.
“Free” is the most effective word in sales, according to marketing gurus, so Universal Weather and Aviation’s enhanced, free online weather video broadcast should attract considerable attention. Featuring more frequent posting times, the new version of Aviation Weather Today also allows users to watch individual segments of the broadcasts. Universal is showing the broadcast at its NBAA exhibit (Booth No. 219) here at the show.
In an unusual déjà vu-triggering step, the FAA has reopened for 30 days the comment period on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B). The original comment period closed on March 3 this year. The FAA received 1,423 comments submitted by 165 entities.
Can you imagine Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd at an NBAA Convention? Well, you don’t have to imagine it. The duo will appear at the NBAA Charities Gala as The Blues Brothers tonight from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Rosen Centre Hotel. In addition to dinner, attendees will get the chance to see The Blues Brothers serve up some of their classic hits, including “Sweet Home Chicago,” “Messin’ with the Kid,” and, of course, “Soul Man.”
Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling in July predicted that the company would sell between 650 and 700 helicopters this year, up from previous expectations of 600. The civil and parapublic market is expected to account for more than 50 percent of sales. Bertling said only the U.S. corporate segment is suffering.
As anyone who has it or has tried it can attest, satellite radio is seriously cool. Now, just like the thousands of listeners who tune in to satellite radio in their cars or at home, pilots and passengers can receive the 100-plus channels of digital music, news and talk provided by Sirius, one of two U.S. satellite radio providers.
Melbourne, Fla.-based Maverick Jets has moved manufacturing of its five-seat Leader twinjet kitplane to Tbilisi Aerospace Manufacturing in the republic of Georgia, CIS, to take advantage of TAM’s 2.7 million-square-foot, ISO 9000-certified facility. Subsequently, some 50 employees involved in manufacturing in Melbourne were let go.
Extra Flugzeugbau of Hunxe, Germany, has operated under insolvency (similar to Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S.) since January and has reportedly been in negotiations with a U.S. investor group for the past several months.