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IN ONE-HORSE RACE IN PARIS Despite the economy and rainy
weather, the show must go on and the Paris Air Show is no exception.
More than 300,000 people are expected to attend but something that's
missing is the annual order tally competition between Airbus and Boeing.
A fixture of the summer shows that alternate between Farnborough and
LeBourget, this year only Airbus is playing the game. It announced more
than 50 orders worth about $6 billion but by the end of the second day
of the show, Boeing hadn't notched a single sale. Boeing executives
dismissed the shellacking, saying they don't "save up" orders to
announce at shows. Instead of trumpeting sales, Boeing instead dwelled
on the imminent first flight of the 787 Dreamliner, which spokesman
Scott Carson said will occur by the end of this month.
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RELEASES BIZJET FORECAST The current downturn is a blip and
happy days will be here again for business aviation soon, according to
Bombardier. As painful as the current downturn has been, the global
economy is expected to recover quickly and Bombardier is predicting the
fortunes of the business aviation industry will too. In its annual
market forecast, delivered at the Paris Air Show, Bombardier said that
over the next 10 years 11,500 business aircraft, worth $256 billion,
will be delivered. That's only about 2,000 less than the current number
of bizjets currently flying (13,600) and the company says most of those
will stay in service despite the new deliveries. By 2019, the company
expects the worldwide fleet of business aircraft to be about 23,800.
"While in the short term the industry faces such important challenges as
high pre-owned inventories, negative public perceptions and a difficult
economic climate, Bombardier remains confident that there is a strong
potential for the business aircraft industry over the next 10 years,"
the company said. "The anticipated return of global economic growth is
expected to result in a strong recovery in the demand for business
jets." Bombardier is equally bullish on the future of small airliners.
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Administrator Randy Babbitt said on Monday that airlines can expect new
rules soon regarding flight and duty hours for pilots, and also that
rules will be clarified to ensure that airlines can get data on every
checkride a pilot applicant ever took. Babbitt spoke at a high-level
closed-door meeting of industry executives, pilot union reps and
government officials held in Washington to discuss concerns about safety
at regional airlines and what can be done to improve it. "Our job is to
deliver and ensure safety, and recently we've seen some cracks in the
system," Babbitt said, referring to the publicity about
hiring practices and standards at regional airlines during the
investigation of the Colgan
Air crash in Buffalo. He said he also wants airlines to have a
process to ensure that senior captains mentor new pilots as they build
experience. Babbitt and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood hosted the
"Call to Action" to identify immediate steps that could strengthen and
improve pilot hiring, training and testing practices at regional
airlines as well as at the major air carriers. More...
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ABOUND FOR CUSTOMERS OF ALL TYPES Bombardier this week became
the latest aerospace company to decide that the current downturn has
"hit bottom," but considering the incentives available for those who are
considering a major purchase, it's still clearly a buyer's market. For
instance, Hawker Beechcraft recently announced a no-cost maintenance
program for its Premier IA composite-fuselage light business jets.
The program covers the maintenance on the first five years or 1,000
flight hours, whichever comes first. The silver lining in the downturn
has been that those deferring aircraft purchases have been upgrading
their current equipment. The good news for those considering that route
is that the shops are just as competitive as the OEMs and are devising
innovative incentives, like J.A. Air Center's Zero Downtime deal on King Air G1000 upgrades. More...
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PHOENIX FIRST FLIGHT Although Project Phoenix was started to
provide an alternative for those facing years of waiting for a new
business jet, the company is continuing despite the drastic change in
market conditions. The company announced the first flight of one of its
refurbished Canadair Regional Jets in executive configuration on June 12
and said the flight was flawless. The flight occurred at Flying Colours,
the completion center in Peterborough, Ont. With used inventories
climbing and new aircraft backlogs evaporating, Project Phoenix has
shifted marketing strategy to the performance and features of the
rejuvenated regional jets, most notably the long-range carrying
CIRRUS AIR-TAXI OPERATORS JOIN FORCES SATSAir and ImagineAir, two
of the new generation of air-taxi operators flying Cirrus SR22 aircraft,
said on Tuesday they have entered a "flight networking" or "code-share"
agreement, effectively expanding their combined network across a
10-state area in the Southeastern U.S. "Customers of both companies will
benefit from the increased aircraft availability immediately," said
Steve Hanvey, SATSair president and CEO. "From an operational
standpoint, this will also create an opportunity for both companies to
route their aircraft in an even more efficient manner." Both operators
offer on-demand flights to over 1,000 airports in the Southeast. Each
company will retain its own pricing structure and operate its own
flights. "While code-shares have been common practice in the airline
industry for years, 'flight networking' is really an innovative 'first'
for the next-generation air-taxi industry," said Aaron Sohacki, CEO of
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INSIDER BLOG: AIR SAFETY BEHIND CLOSED DOORS That's the way
it was on Monday when the Transportation Department held a closed-door
session with the airline industry to discuss issues related to the
Colgan crash in Buffalo. "What's up with this?" wonders Paul Bertorelli
in today's AVweb Insider blog. Shouldn't the sun shine in on such
governmental meetings? The new administration said it would. TranspoSec
Ray LaHood said the meeting was too urgent to wait for the NTSB's full
report in another eight months. More...
INSIDER BLOG: WHY SPECULATING ON AIRPLANE CRASHES IS A GOOD
THING Used to be, we reclined in smug professionalism in
being sophisticated enough to know aircraft accidents take months to
investigate. But these days, the information comes at you a mile a
minute from dozens of sources, so in the latest installment of our
AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli argues that it's actually a
healthy thing to offer your own theory or suggestions on crash causes.
Not to worry; the NTSB won't pay you the slightest bit of attention.
Steve Aliment is Bombardier's new
regional vice president of sales for Europe. Aliment previously spent 25
years at Boeing. More...
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VIDEO: TV NEWS COPTERS MADE AFFORDABLE Thanks to seismic shifts in the news
business, many local television outlets can no longer afford their own
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