The news of James Hoblyn’s sudden and unexpected death at age 46–on July 3, while training for a marathon–reverberated like a shockwave throughout the aviation industry. James was at the top of his game in every regard: an effective, passionate, well liked and capable executive within Bombardier Aerospace. More important, James was a loyal and devoted husband and father to his wife, Josée, and his daughters, Emilie, Charlotte and Ashley.
James Hoblyn, who has been behind Bombardier Aerospace’s recent push to bolster its worldwide business aircraft product support, died while running on Sunday. He was 46.
Bombardier Aerospace has added four field service representatives and two customer support account managers to cover Europe and South Africa. The appointments bring to 25 the total number of field service reps and customer support account managers supporting business aircraft customers in Europe.
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has launched an initiative called Aircraft Cabin Environment Technologies (ACET) to develop, apply and evaluate technologies for healthy and comfortable aircraft cabin environments in pressurized fixed-wing aircraft. Key areas for technology development include acoustics, lighting, ventilation, indoor air quality and health. “NRC does research for companies that contract with them.
A 30-percent staffing increase is slated for Bombardier Aerospace’s wholly owned service center at Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam. The company cites “…greater flexibility for scheduling light to heavy maintenance tasks” as the reason.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) is holding preliminary discussions about expanding manufacturing operations into China, according to a company spokeswoman, who confirmed reports of HBC’s growing interest in the China market. Company CEO Bill Boisture has visited China a few times in recent months, she said, but HBC hasn’t yet publicly identified Chinese companies with which it might partner.
Officials at Toulouse Francazal Airport (LFBF) in Toulouse, France expect to see more business aircraft at the field at the end of this month with the opening of a full business aviation terminal. Located in what used to be a command post, it will feature a hall, VIP lounge, bar, restaurant and crew rest facilities. Refueling is expected to be available as well. A former military base, the airport opened to civil traffic in January.
Looking forward to a continued recovery, Bombardier Aerospace released its annual Aircraft Market Forecasts on May 18, predicting 24,000 business aircraft deliveries from 2011 to 2030 and market-wide revenues of $626 billion.
Asked at the 1986 Farnborough airshow what market share Canadair wanted for the Challenger corporate jet, Donald Lowe said simply, “We want our third.” Lowe was chief executive designate at the government-owned aircraft company that Canadian mass-transit manufacturer Bombardier had agreed to acquire just three weeks earlier.
Bombardier Aerospace is expanding the Bombardier Safety Standdown to Asia, with the first such event to be held in the region in Shanghai, China, on June 9. The standdown provides pilots, aircrew and flight departments with insight into the factors that precipitate errors in judgment and highlights ways to mitigate them.