At a No Plane No Gain Media Kickoff Breakfast held to brief
reporters at the start of NBAA’s 64th Annual Meeting &
Convention, NBAA and GAMA leaders described how they have redoubled
their efforts during the past year to burnish the industry’s
image and fight a series of harmful policy proposals emanating from
Embraer signed a firm order for 13 Legacy 650 executive jets
with China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing Co., Ltd., in a
ceremony held Monday at NBAA 2011. The first aircraft is expected
to be delivered by the end of this year, with the remainder to be
delivered within the next five years.
Embraer said at the NBAA annual Meeting and Convention in Las
Vegas that it has recently received certification for the Phenom
300 light executive jet to operate in Mexico and India, and the
Phenom 100 entry level jet to operate in the Ukraine. Last month,
the company also received FAA certification for the optional belted
lavatory seat for the Phenom 300, an option that has been widely
requested by customers.
Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd recently appointed Techdeso S.A.
as its newest global service partner. Based in Santiago, Chile,
Techdeso was formed recently to service the business aviation
market in this growing region.
New Prognostics Algorithm 'Moves Beyond Diagnostics' To
Save Time, Money
Gulfstream has announced its new G650 will feature something it
calls PlaneConnectHTM Health and Trend Monitoring. It's software
which can predict, sometimes well in advance, an aircraft system or
part headed for failure. At NBAA this week, GE filled in some
background, revealing that its own Integrated Vehicle Health
Monitoring, or IVHM for short, will power Gulfstream's system.
Garmin has named Philip Straub as vice president, managing
director – aviation. In this newly created role, Straub will
lead all facets of Garmin’s aviation business, including
product development, flight operations, certification, sales,
marketing, and support. The move follows the retirement
announcement of Gary Kelley, its vice president of marketing, at
the end of the year.
Aircraft Had Been Grounded As A Precaution September 30th
The Australian Army has lifted the precautionary suspension of
flying operations for the CH-47D Chinook helicopter put in place on
September 30th following the identification of possible issues
relating to the operation of the aircraft's Advanced Flight Control
System (AFCS) in certain flight conditions.
A contract for six firm orders and six options of the Embraer
190, with the right to convert to the Embraer 195, has been signed
between the Brazilian planemaker and GE Capital Aviation Services
(GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of
General Electric Company. The total value of the deal, which will
be included in Embraer's fourth quarter of 2011 backlog, is $256.8
million at list price.
Fred Adams Named New Vice Chair, Succeeding Jack Stockman
The NBAA's Certified Aviation Manager (CAM) Governing Board has
elected Fred Adams of Basin Electric Power Cooperative as its new
vice chairman. Adams, one of the first class of CAMs certified in
2003, is taking over the role from Jack Stockmann of Corporate
Aircraft Services, who has served as vice chair since the CAM
Program was launched. One of the original organizers of the
program, Stockmann will stay on the governing board for the
remaining two years of his tenure.
Advanced Version Of The Fury Breaks 100 Total Hours; Continues
Progress Toward Deployment-Ready Status
Development of a new, long-endurance UAS reached another
milestone Thursday, as the Fury 1500 Special Mission Unmanned
Aerial System achieved a flight lasting over 14 hours. This new
version of the Fury was developed by AME Unmanned Air Systems (AME
UAS) in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Armed Aerial Scout 72X (AAS-72X) Arrives At AUSA
In anticipation of a competitive flight demonstration, EADS
North America’s Armed Aerial Scout 72X (AAS-72X) is on
display at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) convention this
week in Washington, DC. The AAS-72X, an armed derivative of the
Army’s UH-72A Lakota Light Utility Helicopter manufactured by
the company’s American Eurocopter business unit, has
completed the majority of its militarization requirements in a
company-funded development effort that began in 2009.
No Birds Were Dropped During Turkey Trot Festival For The First
Time In Nearly 70 Years
There was a tradition in the town of Yellville, AR in the fall.
Turkeys were released ... some say dropped ... from low-flying
airplanes and allowed to glide to the ground. Organizers of the
Turkey Trot Festival say that the tradition ... rather than turkeys
... was dropped many years ago. But someone, and no one will say
who, reportedly had unofficially continued the tradition.
Production Set To Start On New Twin-Engine Jets, Deliveries Planned For 2013
In what may be one of the industry's most successfull turnarounds in recent memory, Mason Holland, CEO and Chairman of Eclipse Aerospace announced Monday at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas that the company has re-opened the order book for new airplanes, and will soon begin production of the the Eclipse 550, the new twin-engine jet model in the Eclipse Jet family.
Yes... 2011 Has Not Been A Good Year For Aviation, But Piaggio Is Making The Best Of It
No one has to tell you that the 2010-2011 timeframe has been tough on those of us in aviation. Its been a tough few years to sell airplanes... and even tougher on those attempting to show the public the true value of business aviation. Be that as it may, there are a few bright spots here and there.
Production Set To Start On New Twin-Engine Jets, Deliveries Planned
In what may be one of the industry's most successfull
turnarounds in recent memory, Mason Holland, CEO and Chairman
of Eclipse Aerospace announced Monday at the NBAA Convention in Las
Vegas that the company has re-opened the order book for new
airplanes, and will soon begin production of the the Eclipse 550,
the new twin-engine jet model in the Eclipse Jet family.
Yes... 2011 Has Not Been A Good Year For Aviation, But Piaggio Is
Making The Best Of It
No one has to tell you that the 2010-2011 timeframe has been
tough on those of us in aviation. Its been a tough few years to
sell airplanes... and even tougher on those attempting to show the
public the true value of business aviation. Be that as it may,
there are a few bright spots here and there.
Al Ueltschi Award For Humanitarian Leadership Presented To
Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist
The opening general session of the NBAA 2011 Meeting and
Convention in Las Vegas was a call to action on the part of
industry and government leaders in a time of political and economic
uncertainty. “Every state benefits from general
aviation,” Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) told the Attendees
gathered for the NBAA2011 Opening General Session Monday
Tom Buffenbarger Says Workers Will Pay The Price Of President
The president of a manufacturers union is raising alarm over
President Obama’s targeting of business aviation with his
plan for changing the depreciation schedules for business
airplanes. In a guest editorial published October 4 in the
Philadelphia Inquirer, the union leader points out that such a plan
could adversely impact an entire industry.
Available Now With Bonus Depreciation For Firm Orders Before
Piper has enhanced both pilot and passenger comfort for its
signature series of 2012 model year M-Class single engine business
aircraft - the turboprop Meridian, pressurized piston Mirage and
unpressurized piston Matrix. 2012 Piper M-Class aircraft are
available as of Monday.
House Aviation Subcommittee Letter Sent To 'Super
Last week, a total of 134 members of the U.S. House of
Representatives signed letters to the Joint Committee on Deficit
Reduction ("Super Committee") and to House and Senate leadership
expressing strong opposition to the Obama administration’s
proposal to impose a $100-per-flight fee as part of its deficit
reducing package. GAMA and its member companies played a very
active role in building support for both of these efforts.
Software Developed To Deliver Instant Flight And Aircraft Data
Via The Apple Tablet
AvConnect announced its integration with WingX Pro7 for iPad by
Hilton Software LLC; giving customers virtually two applications in
one. Both companies will be demonstrating these combined features
this week at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas, NV.
An airplane system, including the propulsion system, the failure
or malfunctioning of which could adversely affect the safety of an
ETOPS flight, or the continued safe flight and landing of an
airplane during an ETOPS diversion.