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NBAA LAUNCH NO PLANE, NO GAIN
The General Aviation
Manufacturers Association and the National Business Aviation Association
have reconfigured a familiar advocacy program to deal with the negative
perception of business aviation in the minds of some "policy makers and
opinion leaders." In a news release, GAMA President Pete Bunce said the
reprise of the No Plane No Gain campaign is an effort to set the
record straight on business aviation. "The contributions of business
aviation to our nation's employment, commerce, competitiveness and
health are profound but not always well understood," said Bunce. "We are
launching this new multi-media educational campaign to get the word out
that business aviation is working for America." In a podcast
interview, NBAA President Ed Bolen told AVweb that although
the new campaign shares the name of a 1990s promotion, the focus is
different and aimed at having business aviation considered "for what it
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2008 PISTON DELIVERIES DOWN 20 PERCENT
No surprise here: the
2008 year-end numbers, released on Tuesday by the General Aviation
Manufacturers Association, show that worldwide shipments of general
aviation airplanes decreased for the first time in five years. The
decline was wholly driven by the 20.8 percent drop in piston deliveries,
down to 2,119 from 2,675 the year before. Turboprop deliveries grew 16.6
percent compared to 2007, and business jets were up by 15.6 percent.
Overall, industry billings grew by 13.4 percent, to $24.8 billion. The
positive numbers reflect the fulfillment of orders placed for turboprops
and business jets during the strong economic years of 2006 and 2007,
according to GAMA. All of the main piston manufacturers saw declines
except for Piper, where deliveries increased from 221 in 2007 to 268 in
2008, driven by the popularity of the Matrix six-seat piston single.
GAMA Chairman Mark Van Tine, president and CEO of Jeppesen, said despite
current challenges, the industry is focused on the future. "The world's
economy depends upon a robust air transportation system and general
aviation is absolutely a vital component of that global system. Our
industry's continued investment in research and development of new
products is unprecedented," he said. "We have learned from history that
investing smartly in our future and that of our customers is the best
way to build our way out of tough economic times." For more details, and
a PDF of the complete report, go to the GAMA Web site. More...
XM AVERTS BANKRUPTCY
A $530 million investment by cable
services provider Liberty Media Corp. has saved Sirius XM from possible
bankruptcy and that means the satellite weather service provided through
most of the popular avionics suites should be in no danger of lapsing.
Sirius XM announced last week that it had $175 million in debt coming
due and no money to pay it. It warned that if it didn't get a lifeline
of some kind, it would have to seek bankruptcy protection, although
analysts didn't believe that service would be disrupted even if that had
happened. The lifeline came at a price, of course, and Liberty Media now
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TURBOPROPS': FORMER NTSB CHAIR
Former NTSB Chairman Jim Hall
says high-wing twin turboprop airliners similar to the Bombardier Q400
should be grounded until the NTSB determines whether icing caused the
crash of Continental Flight 3407 in Buffalo last Thursday. However,
undoubtedly to the relief of a major subset of the aviation industry,
there doesn't seem to be much chance of that happening. "We don't have
any data right now that would lead us to ground this aircraft," FAA
spokesperson Laura Brown told The Toronto Star. "The FAA and the whole aviation
industry has worked aggressively over the past 15 years to reduce
accidents related to icing and those accidents have dropped
significantly as a result of that work. The aircraft involved in the
crash has a sophisticated ice detection and protection system that
benefited from years of research and analysis about how aircraft operate
and perform in icy conditions," Brown said. More...
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1549 PLANE'S LAST TRIP
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the actions of the crew grabbed most of the attention in the aftermath
of the ditching of Flight 1549 in New York last month, the aircraft
itself proved itself to be a real traffic stopper. After being hoisted
from the water and stripped of its flight surfaces, the fuselage of the
Airbus A320 had to be moved using special trucks and trailers. The
streets of East Rutherford, N.J., proved especially challenging.
OF C-17 BELLY-UP LANDING AT BAGRAM AIR FIELD
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According to the Department of Defense's
Pentagon Channel military information service, it took more than two
days to remove a damaged C-17 from the runway at Bagram Air Field
outside of Kabul, Afghanistan. The DOD has video of the recovery, and we
have photos of the crippled aircraft. More...
FOCUSES ON SAFETY
The Air Charter Safety Foundation is
organizing a symposium March 3-4 at the NTSB Training Center in
Ashburn, Va. that will cover some timely topics for air charter and
fractional operators. The Air Charter Safety Symposium will focus on
safety and security concerns faced by the sector and give operators a
chance to rub elbows with their peers. The event covers two full days
and includes expert speakers and case analyses on safety issues of
interest to charters and fractionals. More...
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EXPOS HEAD FOR SOUTHEAST U.S.
Anyone in the southeastern U.S.
who is interested in buying a GA airplane will have a chance to check
out a variety of models in a series of Airport
Expos that launches in Florida next week. Among the aircraft
manufacturers scheduled to participate are Cessna, Daher-Socata,
Diamond, Hawker Beechcraft, Husky, Liberty, Mooney, Piper, and Remos.
"These Expo events give serious aircraft shoppers a chance to compare
all the latest models at an airport close to where they live," said Fred
Ahles, president of Premier Aircraft Sales, an organizer of the event.
"The Southeast and Texas Aircraft Expo events were extremely well
attended last year and we anticipate the same level of interest this
year in Florida." The shows will make eight stops in Florida, starting
Feb. 26, from Daytona to Miami; in March the shows visit Atlanta and
Savannah in Georgia, and Knoxville, Tenn. In Texas, six stops are
scheduled, starting in March. More...
OPENS SUNDAY IN ANAHEIM
The biggest annual gathering for the
rotary crowd, Heli-Expo, opens this Sunday in Anaheim, Calif.,
with a full slate of product announcements, safety and management
seminars, forums and workshops, an awards banquet, a job fair, and lots
more. The state of the economy is sure to be a major topic of
discussion, though the helicopter segment has so far felt less pain than
many other aviation businesses. Production appears to be relatively
stable and mass layoffs have not occurred, according to FlightGlobal. The main attraction at Anaheim is the
chance to check out all the newest and best products and services in one
place, with technical briefings from the exhibitors. This year's show
has attracted a record 583 exhibitors, including 88 showing for the
first time, and 73 helicopters are scheduled to be on the show floor. At
last check, registrations were running close to the numbers for last
year's show, which set a record with over 17,000 attendees and
exhibitors. Online registration is still open. The Expo, held at
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PROMOTED AT SACRAMENTO
Airport recently promoted finance specialist Amanda Thomas to Deputy
Director of Finance. She was previously business services manager for
the county airport system. More...
Jeff Beutel is the new Midwest sales
manager for TrueNorth Avionics, representing the company's line of
airborne telecom products and soon-to-be-released Global Broadband
system. Beutel was formerly at Electronic Cable Specialists. More...
JOINS BARR AIR PATROL
Gregory Reeves is the new safety manager
and assistant director of operations at Barr Air Patrol LLC's Mesquite,
Tex. operation. Reeves was interning at AOPA's Air Safety Foundation,
after graduating from Western Michigan University, before joining
AEROBATIC CLUB MANAGER
Trish Diemer is the new manager of the
International Aerobatic Club, a division of EAA. Diemer has been program
manager of the National Association of Flight Instructors since 2004. More...
ADDS FIVE SCHOOLS
ATP has or is
opening five new flight training centers and is also lowering prices up
to 20 percent to reflect lower prices for fuel, facilities and supplies.
"We are taking full advantage of the current economic climate to reduce
expenses across the board," said Jim Koziarski, VP of Flight
L.J. Aviation has
completed a $2 million expansion at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in
Latrobe, Pa,. and is adding three new aircraft to its fleet. The
expansion includes a 30,000 sq. ft. hangar.
BUYS HIGH STANDARD AVIATION
AMETEK Inc. has
purchased High Standard Aviation, an electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic
repair company in Miami. The acquisition broadens AMETEK's maintenance,
repair and overhaul capability.
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