JetNet today released results from its most-recent quarterly iQ Global Business Aviation Survey, which garnered responses from 506 business aircraft owners and operators in 57 countries. Respondents were asked about intentions to buy and sell turbine airplanes, aircraft purchase criteria, flight-hour utilization, brand reputations of airframe and engine manufacturers and desired product development improvements.
First-quarter 2011 business jet and turboprop sales and retail transactions were positive, according to data providers Amstat and Jetnet. About 14.2 percent of the worldwide business aviation jet fleet is for sale, down from 14.7 percent three months ago. Meanwhile, pre-owned turboprop inventories dropped to 11.6 percent from 11.9 percent.
Turboprop engine specialist Blackhawk of Waco, Texas, is celebrating its 300th engine upgrade at this year’s EBACE. The customer in question is Germany’s Reinhardt Michel, who owns and flies a Piper PA-31T Cheyenne, purchased in 2004.
Tam Aviação Executiva has signed an agreement with GE Aviation to become an authorized service center for M601 and H80 turboprop engines. The MRO will offer line maintenance, removals and re-installations of engines and line-replaceable units and engine spares. GE Aviation will provide Tam AE with material support and training. A spokesman for GE told AIN that Tam AE is a new industry partner.
Business aircraft flight activity last month dipped by 0.4 percent from a year ago, due primarily to a steep drop in Part 135 turboprop and light jet flying, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. The fractional and Part 91 markets each saw flight activity increase, by 6.5 percent and 2.5 percent year-over-year, respectively.
In the first quarter, general aviation airplane shipments fell 4.6 percent, from 390 aircraft last year to 372 this year, according to data released today by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). However, GA airplane billings dived by 19.6 percent year-over-year to $3.7 billion in the first three months, due primarily to a 22-percent drop in business jet shipments, from 164 aircraft to 128.
AIN senior editor Kirby Harrison spoke with Piaggio America president and CEO John Bingham about the business aircraft market, as well as the company’s future plans for the Avanti II turboprop twin and the P1XX jet program.
The total number of U.S.-registered business turbine accidents in the first quarter of this year was one fewer than in the same period last year, but the number of fatalities in turboprop crashes increased. According to data compiled by AIN, nine jets and 11 turboprops were involved in accidents in the first quarter, compared with four jets and 13 turboprops in the first three months of last year.
Judging by figures released at a Paris press briefing on January 20, the waning resurgence of the commercial turboprop market has, if anything, resumed at a stronger pace than at any other time since the segment began reclaiming lost ground from the regional jet market a half-decade ago, at least for Franco-Italian manufacturer ATR.
Thanks to Part 91 operators, overall U.S. business aircraft flight activity eked out a 0.5-percent increase last month versus a year ago, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. Part 91 activity rose a healthy 6 percent year-over-year, but the Part 135 charter and Part 91K fractional segments both saw activity fall by 7.2 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively.