Air traffic management agency Eurocontrol announced that business aircraft activity in Europe was down by 20 percent in January this year compared with January 2008. Spain and the UK, where traffic dropped by 27 and 23 percent, respectively, were the most seriously affected among the EU’s 27 member nations.
The results of the 2008 FBO Survey conducted by NBAA Convention News’s sister publication Aviation International News show some interesting moves up and down the list of the Americas’ Top FBOs. Perennially top-rated Wilson Air Center’s Memphis, Tenn.
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.
The highest overall rating for jets again goes to Gulfstream. Mitsubishi takes the top spot among turboprops and Bell leads in the helicopter category.
Former EBAA CEO Fernand François and Jack Olcott, his counterpart from NBAA at the time, launched the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition eight years ago. Today, EBACE has grown by leaps and bounds.
At its general assembly last month, the European Regions Airline Association commended AIN regional airlines editor Gregory Polek, below, for his article, "Europe's regional carriers blaze path toward recovery" (July 2002, page 82), which had been submitted for the Hank McGonagle ERA Award for Journalistic Excellence.
With manufacturers adding a dizzying number of derivative models to their lineups, classifying the available crop of business jets is becoming harder than ever. In an attempt to make better sense of the groupings, AIN has decided to begin using cabin volume as the chief attribute defining the cutoff points for each category.
The day after the opening of the first international airshow in Singapore since the migration of Asian Aerospace to Hong Kong, exhibitors here seemed more than happy with the new site and with the event’s organization. According to the companies AIN has surveyed, everything has gone quite smoothly during the setup process, except perhaps for an odd glitch here and there.
As anyone who cares anything about aviation no doubt already knows, this year will witness the 100th anniversary of the first flight of a manned and powered, heavier-than-air aircraft, on Dec. 17, 1903, by the Brothers Wright. It should be a happy occasion. But ironically, 2003 dawns with the threat of being one of the most tumultuous years in the history of aviation.
As a new year begins, AIN’s editors reflect on the past year and the people and events that shaped the industry and filled these pages. Unlike previous years, when new-product announcements took center stage, last year industry issues–such as FAA funding, operational control of charter flights and the environment–garnered the lion’s share of attention and likely will continue to do so in the coming years.