It is just over a year since Rockwell Collins acquired flight planning group Air Routing International and rebranded the business Ascend Flight Information Solutions. The Houston-based operation has had a lower global profile than rival Universal Weather & Aviation for many years but that could be set to change as its new owner supports efforts to get closer to key emerging markets for business aviation.
The first production-conforming Nextant Aerospace 400XT will make its public debut next month at EBACE in Geneva. The 400XT–a remanufactured Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP with Williams FJ44-3AP engines, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and a zero-timed airframe complete with new paint and interior–has better fuel specifics and a greater 2,005-nm range than a base airplane. Winglets will be offered as an option in the near future.
As usual, the Ebace conference agenda will be packed with topical deliberations on key issues facing Europe’s business aviation community. The theme for the 2011 Opening General Session is “Linking Communities and Economies,” but, as of press time, the roster of speakers had yet to be confirmed.
With Europe’s economy facing another year of uncertainty, the 2011 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (Ebace) will open to a business aviation community that is increasingly impatient for signs of a lasting recovery. At face value, some indicators since last year’s event are encouraging, with traffic levels climbing in an intermittent way.
The FAA proposed on Friday to severely limit participation in the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr) program by requiring those who want their aircraft data blocked when conducting IFR flights in the U.S.
With the Department of Transportation considering establishing limitations on the Block Aircraft Registration Request (Barr), NBAA has surveyed members and forwarded information to the agency.
When NBAA’s annual Schedulers and Dispatchers conference last visited Savannah, Ga., in 2008, it was at the apex of the industry’s most recent successful period. That conference attracted more than 2,600 attendees, the highest total in the show’s history, as well as 390 exhibitors. The end of that year marked the start of the recession that has ravaged economies around the world.
NBAA announced the dates for this year’s four regional business aviation forums. The first takes place on February 17 at the Avitat FBO at Boca Raton (Fla.) Airport. On April 14, Business Jet Center at Dallas Love Field will host the forum, while the third event on June 8 will be held at Panorama Flight Service at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y.
Both NBAA and the National Air Transportation Association have called on the FAA to initiate a full rewrite of the Part 135 flight, duty and rest rules instead of relying on a new interpretation of flight time. NBAA said the FAA’s proposal to require a flight-by-flight determination of remaining duty time is too significant for implementation simply by a notice of proposed interpretation.
Business aviation companies have been among the first to sign up for a return to the new Bahrain International Airshow when the second biennial event is next staged Jan. 19-21, 2012. Among the bizav exhibitors at the show will be TAG Aeronautics, MENA Aerospace and local aircraft charter and management firms Bexair and Cessna.