Duncan Aviation (Booth No. 227) is back at the EBACE show looking to add to its base of foreign customers who already account for about 15 percent of the U.S. group’s business. “The services we provide include large multi-shop work scopes where we are able to offer very efficient turn times, as well as more specific accessory and engine repair work or parts sales,” Duncan president Aaron Hilkemann told EBACE Convention News.
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European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification manager for general aviation Roger Hardy said VLJs are classified as high-performance aircraft (HPA). However, he admitted that the Part 23 rules are “frankly not geared to HPAs the way Part 25 is. It was drafted in the 1960s and has barely kept pace, with special conditions used to supplement the code to cover new technology such as FADECs and composite structures.”
Embraer (Booth No. 7030) has named ABS Jets its authorized sales representative for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Founded in 2004, ABS Jets is an Embraer authorized service center and one largest Legacy 600 operators in Europe, with a fleet of six of the large-cabin executive jets.
European low-cost air taxi pioneer Blink has taken delivery of three more Cessna Citation Mustangs. It has four of the very light jets in service and another 26 on order, with five more due to arrive by October.
“We remain on course with the right product at the right time, offering value for money,” Blink managing director Peter Leiman said. “We beat our 2008 projections for revenues and our costs are under budget.”
The economic downturn is giving manufacturers and operators of very light jets (VLJs) more time to prepare for the airplanes’ widespread entry into service, according to speakers at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s corporate, air taxi and personal jets conference in London on March 18 and 19.
Although the downturn in the economy has dampened the near-term prospects for the general aviation industry, demand for business aviation will expand over the long term, according to the most recent forecast from the FAA, which anticipates a growing U.S. and world economy.
Former American Airlines chief Robert Crandall’s plans to blanket the Northeast U.S. with a fleet of air-taxi Eclipse 500 very light jets under the Pogo Jet brand name have come to an end. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Pogo Jet of Chicopee, Mass., applied to withdraw its registration statement for an initial public stock offering. The IPO filing was made on Sept.
Twenty-six-year-old New Jersey businessman Jared Isaacman, along with copilot Doug Demko, yesterday shattered the world record for an eastbound global circumnavigation in a light business jet, with a time of 61 hours, 51 minutes and 15 seconds, lopping 21 hours off the previous record set in 1991 by a UK pilot in a Cessna Citation II.
A Brazilian labor court ruled late last month that Embraer would not have to reinstate some 4,300 employees it laid off in February after it found that the company did not violate any of the country’s labor laws. However, the court ruled that Embraer would have to pay the employees’ salaries up to March 13, rather than February 19–the day the company instituted the dismissals.