Business Aviation

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September 11, 2014 - 3:40pm

Business aircraft flying in the U.S. rose for the ninth straight month, climbing 0.9 percent last month versus a year ago, according to data released today by aviation services company Argus. For this month, Argus estimates that flying will increase by 2.7 percent year-over-year.

For the first time this year, fractional flying led the pack, climbing 5.5 percent last month versus a year ago. Part 135 charter flight activity grew by 0.8 percent year-over-year, while Part 91 flying was nearly flat, falling 0.1 percent.

September 11, 2014 - 3:15pm

Gulfstream announced plans on Tuesday to build a new $33 million aircraft paint facility on the southwest side of its Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport headquarters. “The announcement came up unexpectedly as a result of a Savannah Economic Development Agency [SEDA] board meeting that happened that day,” a company spokesman told AIN.

September 11, 2014 - 2:57pm

Business aircraft management and charter company Hangar8 Aviation has launched a new repaint facility at its headquarters at London Oxford Airport to help sellers refresh their aircraft’s paint to make it more attractive to buyers. According to Hangar8, 16.5 percent of the 381 private jets in the UK are currently up for sale, making it a buyer’s market.

September 11, 2014 - 2:45pm

The International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) presented its 2014 Award for Innovation in Aeronautics to Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino earlier this week at the 29th ICAS Congress in St. Petersburg, Russia. Fujino was recognized by ICAS for his “pioneering contributions” in the design and development of the HondaJet and its over-the-wing engine-mount configuration. According to ICAS, “The award acknowledges accomplishments in the development and introduction of innovative concepts in major aircraft programs.”

September 11, 2014 - 2:35pm

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.

September 11, 2014 - 2:30pm

Former NBAA staffers Kathleen Blouin and William “Bill” Stine II will each receive NBAA’s Pillar of the Association Award, formerly known as the Staff Lifetime Achievement Award, next month at the NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla.

September 9, 2014 - 3:40pm

Ralph Acs, who led the Learjet 85 program in his role as vice president and general manager of Bombardier Learjet, left the company last week as part of the Canadian airframer’s current corporate restructuring plan. A company spokeswoman confirmed that responsibility for its Wichita site as well as for the Learjet 70/75 programs had transferred in March to David Murray, who was previously the company’s vice president of operations for the Global 5000/6000 programs in Montreal.

September 9, 2014 - 3:35pm

Embraer officially opened a 75,000-sq-ft Engineering & Technology Center yesterday at its growing campus in Melbourne, Fla. The facility will conduct engineering and development activities for both products and technology across Embraer’s business lines–airliners, executive aviation, defense and aerospace–with the first assignments focused primarily on executive jet interiors. It is the first of its kind for Embraer outside Brazil, where the company is headquartered.

September 9, 2014 - 2:55pm

Quest Aircraft received FAA approval to install the Garmin GFC 700 autopilot into its Kodiak turboprop single. The GFC 700–which provides flight director, autopilot, yaw damper, automatic and manual electric trim capabilities–integrates with the Kodiak’s G1000 avionics system. Standard features of the GFC 700 include electronic stability protection, which prevents the airplane from decelerating below established minimum airspeeds and allows for coupled go-arounds. Deliveries of Kodiaks equipped with the Garmin GFC 700 will begin in the fourth quarter.

September 9, 2014 - 2:50pm

To help sustain the talent pipeline and nurture newcomers to the industry, NBAA will debut its young business aviation professionals program during its Soar networking event next month at the 2014 NBAA Convention in Orlando, Fla. “Soar is dedicated to building relationships and a sense of community between emerging leaders across the industry,” said NBAA project manager of operations Brian Koester.

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