Cessna’s recently certified Citation X+ set a number of recognized city-pair speed records as part of a two-day campaign, including a flight time of 4 hours 52 minutes from Seattle (Wash.) King County International Airport to Opa Locka (Fla.) Executive Airport near Miami. The Citation X+ departed Wichita Mid-Continent Airport for Seattle, before dashing the 2,364 nm to Miami, returning to Seattle and then back to Wichita. The westbound coast-to-coast flight took 5 hours 13 minutes and reached FL470.
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Up to 9,450 new business jets worth $280 billion are forecast to be delivered over the next 10 years, according to Honeywell Aerospace’s 23rd annual Business Aviation Outlook, released yesterday. This reflects an 8-percent increase in projected billings over the 2013 outlook, thanks to slightly higher aircraft deliveries “modest” list price increases and continued strong demand for larger business jets. While annual billings are expected to surpass peak 2008 levels in 2017 and beyond, unit deliveries are not projected to reach the 2008 peak any time during the 10-year forecast.
Constant Aviation has hired Brian Sprecher as Southeast regional sales manager. Sprecher joined the organization after having gained more than 15 years of sales experience. He was most recently with Atlantic Aero as the regional sales manager covering the Southeast and before that was a sales manager with Landmark Aviation.
A little more than a decade after former Mayor Richard Daley illegally destroyed Meigs Field lakefront airport, two new heliports are being constructed in Chicago less than two miles apart. Both are slated to open next summer.
This year, Bombardier’s Safety Standdown took a themed approach focused on attention and distraction issues through a series of 32 different seminars. The agenda included the following topics: Attention Control Techniques; After the Scene of the Accident: Causal Distractions; Technology in the Cockpit; Managing Human Fatigue to Enhance Safety; and Loss of Control In Flight: Attention Empowers Prevention.
Hawthorne Global Aviation Services acquired the Heartland Aviation FBO at Chippewa Valley Regional Airport in Eau Claire, Wis. This marks the fifth facility in Hawthorne’s growing FBO chain, as well as the company’s third acquisition in the last six months. The new Hawthorne Eau Claire FBO has a newly renovated passenger terminal complete with passenger and pilot lounges and conference facilities. In addition to the FBO, Heartland has an aircraft charter and management operation and a maintenance department capable of servicing both piston and turbine aircraft.
Constant Aviation has hired Brian Sprecher as Southeast regional sales manager. Sprecher joins the organization with more than 15 years of sales experience. He was most recently with AtlanticAero as the regional sales manager covering the Southeast and before that was a sales manager with Landmark Aviation. Sprecher holds an A&P certificate and served in the Marine Corps. He is based at Charleston International Airport, S.C., and will be responsible for selling maintenance, avionics, interior modifications/refurbishments, parts and composite/accessory services.
Bombardier Aerospace said there is still a “small window of time” to register for its 2014 U.S. Safety Standdown, a free four-day aviation safety seminar that will be held in Wichita from October 6 to 9. This year’s theme is “attention control techniques.” Space is limited and workshops are filling up fast, Bombardier said, with several already showing a wait list. This year, the seminar will be split between interactive break-out and general sessions.
Stevens Aviation has a long history as a privately held, local business. It began in 1950 as the J.P. Stevens Aviation Department, which operated a small piston-powered aircraft to support the large textile company in Greenville, S.C. The company and its flight department were integral members of the local community, and long-time Greenville residents and employees of Stevens Aviation still talk about the gentle manners and southern hospitality of Ralph Cuthbertson Sr., Stevens’ first pilot and president.
EagleMed has installed an automated weather observing system at Eagle Pass, Texas, that will allow the air medical operator’s fixed-wing aircraft to serve patients in the San Antonio region during inclement weather. EagleMed bases a King Air C90 at San Marcos, Texas, to serve the Eagle Pass area. The new weather system will also serve EagleMed’s sister companies, AirEvac Lifeteam and Reach, which base medically outfitted helicopters at Eagle Pass, Pearsall, Carrizo Springs and Laredo.
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