As Cirrus Design’s Vision single-engine jet prototype continues to add flight hours, the manufacturer concluded a successful exhibit at this week’s NBAA show, with more deposits taken despite the state of the economy. The prototype has logged about 75 hours, most recently exploring the low-speed regime after installation of a spin chute. One change will be a single cabin door.
“This is a look-alike, not a replica,” said engineer Walt Hoy at the unveiling of the Wright Brothers’ “Silver Bird” Tuesday at Booth No. 3104. “You need to step back a hundred yards to make it look ‘Wright,’” he said, since its design was driven by practical needs for portability and durability.
After more than 40 years operating business aircraft, Bristol-Myers Squibb is shutting down its Trenton, N.J.-based flight department. The company will sell its two Gulfstream Vs and Sikorsky S76Cs and terminate employment of 32 pilots, mechanics and department personnel. “Bristol-Myers is one of the founders of the NBAA,” said Christopher Griffin, v-p for aviation.
AINtv.com has won the Aerospace Journalist of the Year Award (AJOYA) for best airshow coverage. The pioneering online TV coverage from AIN has been webcasting since September 2006 and was honored for its content at the June 2007 Paris Air Show.
In the mid-1980s, NBAA’s annual conventions were drawing about 70 aircraft on the static display line. At last month’s New York-area NBAA regional business aviation forum and static display at Farmingdale, Long Island, there were 41 business aircraft on the ramp, spreading out and filling a closed runway for the one-day event.
Shelley Longmuir, United Airlines’ senior vice president of international, regulatory and governmental affairs, has been named president of NBAA and will take office July 7. She succeeds Jack Olcott, who is retiring after more than 11 years at the helm of the association.
Farnborough International is continuing the Business Aircraft Park (BAP) concept first introduced as a three-day “show within a show” four years ago. This gives business aircraft exhibitors the flexibility to withdraw aircraft after the first three trade days of the seven-day event. However, manufacturers can keep their aircraft on display for the duration of the show if they prefer.
Considering all that has happened in the past 365 days, exhibitors seemed generally pleased with NBAA’s 55th Annual Meeting and Convention. There was agreement that while attendance is off from pre-9/11 versions, the quality remained high and many exhibitors reported doing good business.
The Schedulers and Dispatchers Committee is encouraging aviation professionals to apply for a portion of the $25,000 in scholarship money provided by sponsors ExxonMobil, Avitat, Signature Flight Support, Million Air, Air Routing and Universal Weather and Aviation.
The events of Tuesday, September 11th shaped the week for NBAA’s staff, obviously. Monday proceeded at high-pace in anticipation of the 54th Annual Meeting & Convention.