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SLUGGISH, VOLCANO MIGHT HELP
The European Business Aviation
Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) opened Tuesday in Geneva and
manufacturers are trying to sound optimistic and realistic at the same
time as they face the inevitable questions about their market. In a
speech at EBACE, Cessna CEO Jack Pelton said the European market is
showing signs of improvement and he's hoping emerging markets in Eastern
Europe will be part of Cessna's future growth in the region as a whole.
"Before the economic downturn, for example, Eastern Europe was a very
strong region for us and we are beginning to see signs including
Citation sales of that business coming back," he said. Pelton
also said the recovery will be a long one, sentiments echoed by Hawker
Beechcraft CEO Bill Boisture in an interview with The New York Times. "I think it's premature to call
2010 a recovery year," he said. "The market still feels the way it did
at the end of 2009." Gulfstream CEO Joe Lombardo told a news conference
the industry is maturing and globalization is an increasingly important
factor. Meanwhile, the industry got an unexpected boost from the
volcanic eruption that paralyzed much of Europe's aviation industry last
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WRAPS UP "MIRACLE" INVESTIGATION
As expected, the NTSB
determined on Tuesday in wrapping up its investigation into last year's
"Miracle" landing on the Hudson that the probable cause of the accident
was the ingestion of large birds into both engines, causing an almost
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the evacuation, and the proximity of rescuers. Twenty-four safety
recommendations followed, including the need for better
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dual-engine loss at low altitude; better training for ditching
scenarios; and more research into bird-deterrence technology. "What's
important here is how to protect future passengers and help future
flight crews should they end up in a situation like this," said NTSB
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LUXURY BIZAV IN DEMAND
While much of the business aviation
market continues to suffer, the super luxury segment is all but
impervious to economic woes and public relations problems and Fly Comlux
is investing heavily to solidify its place in that market. The company
announced at EBACE that it's adding six big aircraft to its fleet
including a 767ER Boeing Business Jet. "With the arrival of the 767BBJ
beginning of autumn 2010, we will better serve our Head of State and
Royal Families customers," said Comlux President Richard Gaona.
"Together with our six Airbus we will confirm our position as the
largest operator of VIP charter wide body aircraft and we can offer
aircraft management solutions to any customer." The 767 will be
configured for about 70 people. More...
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The order count tradition at shows like EBACE
is still with us in the downturn but the numbers are a little more
modest. Still, aircraft are moving and the Middle East appears to offer
the most in the way of opportunities. Dassault announced the delivery of
the first of four Falcon 7X three-engine jets to Saudi Private Aviation,
the business aviation side of Saudi Arabian Airlines. The aircraft were
ordered in 2007. At the other end of the spectrum, Cessna announced the
sale of two Citation Mustangs to the Turkish Airlines Flight Training
Academy and Embraer found a home for a Legacy 650 in Jordan. The 650 is
on track for certification later this year. Meanwhile, Gulfstream
announced an important couple of milestones in its latest model, also a
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UNVEILS BACKCOUNTRY BIZJET
For those who like the idea of a
camper but require plenty of comfort, the BAE Avro Business Jet Explorer
concept unveiled this week would seem to fit the bill. The luxury
interior provides up to four sleeping cabins plus living space to
provide both transport and accommodation in remote locations. While on
the ground, a spacious rear deck area can be deployed where "passengers
can relax for the evening ... and enjoy a cool drink in the open air as
the sun sets," according to the news release. The concept is the first
of five new interiors by Design Q, a U.K. firm. It was introduced at EBACE (European
Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition) in Geneva on Tuesday.
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