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RECESSION HITS CHINA?
The bizjet sector is the bright spot
for Chinese civil aviation but (relatively) tough times are ahead as
China continues to cope with lessened demand for its products. Reporting
from the Beijing International Business Aviation Show, China Daily reported that a senior government
official was praising the importance of business aviation to the overall
industry. "The growth of business aviation is faster than that of other
civil aviation sectors, including passenger and freight transport," said
Li Jiaxiang, head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China.
Companies interviewed by the newspaper said they expect the growth of
their businesses to be cut in half in the coming year but they're still
expecting upwards of 20 percent growth. The regulatory structure needed
to accommodate meaningful growth, particularly for more grassroots
aviation, is lagging, however. More...
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NBAA AT RNC, DNC
AOPA and NBAA (no mention of EAA) have taken
the unprecedented step of hosting events at both the Republican and
Democratic National Conventions to press issues of concern to general
aviation. The Hill, covered the joint schmoozefest at the Liberty in
Charlotte on Tuesday. Among those attending were senior Democratic
congressmen and senators along with delegates. There was socialization
and some networking going on and it appears the spirit of political
conventioneering was upheld. The party with the Dems came a week after a
similar event in Tampa with aviation-minded delegates attending the
Republican convention. More...
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G280 FAA CERTIFIED
Gulfstream's super-midsize G280 has been
certified by the FAA, the company announced on Monday. The G280 can fly
up to 3,600 nm and take off from a 4,750-foot runway, an improvement of
1,300 feet compared to the aircraft it replaces, the G200. With a new
transonic wing design and new fuel-efficient Honeywell engines, the G280
is faster than the G200, with a top speed of Mach 0.85, and it burns
less fuel. The airplane also is now certified by the Civil Aviation
Authority of Israel. The first delivery will be made to a U.S. customer
before the end of the year, the company said. The jet sells for about
$25 million. More...
BIZJET MARKET SLIGHTLY BETTER
The used business aircraft
market isn't much better but the numbers are headed in the right
direction, according to the most recent report from JetNet (PDF). The company's annual review of activity in the
used market from July of 2011 to July of 2012 shows 13.5 percent of the
world fleet of business jets (a total of 2,521 aircraft) was for sale in
July of this year. That's a hair less than the 13.7 percent available in
July of 2011. There were, however, 7.7 percent more sales and even
though it takes an average of 377 days to sell a bizjet, that's six
fewer days than a year ago. More...
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SEEKS GA SURVEY INPUT
The FAA Safety Team is asking aircraft
owners and operators in the general aviation community to participate in
an online survey about how they use their aircraft. The annual survey is
the only source of information on the activities of the GA fleet,
including number of hours flown and the reasons people fly, according to
the FAASTeam website. FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta encouraged
aircraft users to respond. "By taking the time to participate in the
FAA's GA survey, owners and operators share valuable data that help the
entire GA community," he said. The survey is available online. More...
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INSIDER BLOG: NO TIME? NO KIDDING
Cost is a big reason that
many owners have reduced their flying hours. But so is lack of time. No
surprise there, either, says Paul Bertorelli on the AVweb Insider
blog. You probably don't know anyone who's working fewer hours than they
did a decade ago, and neither do we. Modern life puts so many demands on
the 24-hour day that flying gets bumped to the bottom of the to-do list.
Plus, some additional thoughts on the passing of Neil Armstrong. Read
more and join the conversation. More...
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UP AT CONTINENTAL
Stephen Ginger is the new Senior Vice
President and General Counsel at Continental Motors, and Keith Chatten
is now Associate VP of Engineering.
PROMOTED AT UNIVERSAL
John Bullis has been appointed Regional
Sales Manager for northern Europe by Universal Avionics. He's been with
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