2011 News

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2011 Articles

Another Industry Forecaster Predicts Gradual Industry Rebound
December 23, 2011
Yet another business aviation forecaster is predicting the start of a long-term industry recovery in 2012. Forecast International (FI), a provider of market intelligence, forecasting, proprietary research and consulting services for the worldwide aerospace, defense, electronics and power systems industries, expects modest improvements next year, with stronger growth coming in 2013. In a year-end roundup, several industry analysts recently provided NBAA their expectations for 2012 and beyond. Learn more.

What's Good for China May Be Good for General Aviation in Florida
December 23, 2011
When Jin Qiang Shen, secretary-general of the China Aviation Industrial Base (CAIB) visited general aviation facilities on Florida's east coast last month, it exemplified both the potential and the challenges that beset companies on both sides of the world as they try to find ways to capitalize on China's growing general aviation industry. According to Chad Lewis, managing director of North America for Federal Aerospace, some obstacles must be cleared before China and the U.S. can take advantage of growth opportunities. "Getting Chinese companies to expand here is exceptionally difficult because of our policies in the U.S.," Lewis reported. Learn more.

Corporate Angel Network Marks 30th Year Since First Flight
December 23, 2011
The Corporate Angel Network (CAN), which offers free flights aboard business aircraft to patients traveling across the country for medical care, celebrated the 30th year since its first flight this month. CAN Executive Director Peter Fleiss said Leonard Greene, founder of the Safe Flight Instrument Corporation, flew the first Corporate Angel Network flight on December 22, 1981 in his company's King Air 200. Fleiss reported that today, over 550 companies have donated seats on their aircraft for CAN flights, and the organization flies roughly 250 to 300 patients a month. Learn more.

Business Aviation Initiatives Promote Holiday Spirit
December 9, 2011
The holiday season has always been a time of year when people consider a way to say thanks for all they have. Often, that's done by donating time and money to support worthwhile humanitarian endeavors. Several initiatives being coordinated through the business aviation community are designed to help people give back. Learn more.

Business Jet Designated to Fly Injured Veterans For Free
November 24, 2011
A recent cross-country trip to bring a wounded soldier home for Thanksgiving could not have happened without the efforts of the Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) and the generosity of volunteers across the United States. The VAC coordinated transportation for Private First Class Cory Doane, who was badly injured in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb, from his hospital in Bethesda, MD to spend Thanksgiving with his family in Portland, OR. Learn more.

Business Jet Designated to Fly Injured Veterans For Free
November 16, 2011
Cessna Aircraft Company has designated a Citation Mustang business jet to fly wounded U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. The Mustang, called the "American Patriot," flew its first mission last week transporting two injured soldiers to North Carolina to be honored on Veterans Day. Cessna's contribution supports the all-volunteer Veterans Airlift Command (VAC). "Our commitment of the 'American Patriot'…allows us to… give back to our wounded warriors," said Scott Ernest, Cessna president and CEO. The airplane was first unveiled last month at NBAA's 64th Annual Meeting & Convention, in Las Vegas, NV. Also at the Convention, an anonymous donor provided an Eclipse 500 business airplane for VAC use. Learn more.

NBAA Update Marks 10th Anniversary
November 14, 2011
The Association marked an important landmark over the weekend: the 10th anniversary of NBAA Update, its weekly e-newsletter. NBAA Update was launched following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to circulate operational and regulatory news to the industry more quickly and regularly amid the changing security environment. Since that first issue on November 12, 2001, NBAA Update has appeared every Monday without fail, although the publication has changed considerably over the years, and has reported on considerable changes in the industry. Read more about the last 10 years of NBAA Update. Learn more.

New PDP Committee Chair Brings Expansive Vision to His Role
November 11, 2011
As the new chairman of NBAA's Professional Development Program (PDP) Review Committee, Erik Perkins, who brings a Schedulers & Dispatchers perspective to the position, said his first priority will be to expand PDP's current comprehensive list of course offerings to an even broader base of NBAA Members. “Inclusion in this development should not simply be limited to our pilots, maintenance, flight attendants and scheduling staff," said Perkins "but also should be available to our supporting organizations, such as FBOs and other industry-related functions that will help shape the future leadership in the business aviation community.” Learn more.

Report: Pre-Owned Aircraft Sales Up, But Asking Prices Down
November 7, 2011
Sales of pre-owned business jets increased through the first nine months of 2011, but asking prices on aircraft have largely trended downward, according to a monthly report published last week by JETNET LLC, a provider of industry data. "Pre-owned business jet asking prices are more in line than they were 18 months ago, but the current reversal in average asking price is a big concern for the seller," JETNET said in the report. Learn more.

Union Leader Blasts Administration Proposal for Altering Business Aircraft Tax Policy
October 10, 2011
The president of a manufacturers union is raising alarm over President Obama's targeting of business aviation with a plan for changing the depreciation schedules for business airplanes. In a guest editorial published on October 4 in the Philadelphia Inquirer, union leader Tom Buffenbarger points out that such a plan could adversely impact an entire industry. Learn more.

Bolen Cites Opportunities for Industry at US-China Aviation Summit
September 29, 2011
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen discussed the importance of business aviation as a driver of global economic growth during a Washington panel discussion focused on China's accelerated plans for general aviation. "There is a real responsibility for all of us to do what we can to make sure, not just that this industry reaches its full potential in China, but it does so in a very safe, very secure and very efficient way," Bolen said. The panel discussion was part of a US-China Aviation Summit, hosted by the American Association of Airport Executives. Learn more.

College's Aviation Outreach Plan 'Ensures Success in the Cockpit'
September 23, 2011
There's been a lot of discussion in the aviation community about what may be done to stem the tide of student pilots who drop out of training before earning their certifications. Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology has launched a new Aviation Outreach Initiative, in which students will undergo ground-school training at Vaughn's campus, while also building time on the school's existing full-motion simulators. Learn more.

Pilots Can Help Inform Professor's Study of Pilots' Emergency Cognitive Processes
September 12, 2011
A professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), who is also a doctoral candidate at Capella University, is conducting research to investigate the cognitive processes employed by pilots during extended, extreme in-flight emergencies, and business aviation pilots can help support his work. The researcher, Clint Balog, is recruiting participants for the study, which entails an interview lasting about two hours at each participant's location. Interested pilots can contact Balog at (602) 502-6934 or clintbalog@cs.com. Learn more about the study.

NBAA Briefs Chinese Delegation on Business Aviation in the U.S.
September 12, 2011
China's rapid economic growth is driving a need for business aviation to cover distances between major domestic locations and serve new markets – that was the message from a delegation of officials from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CACC) at a recent briefing at NBAA. The group traveled to Washington for several briefings with industry groups to learn more about aviation policies in the U.S., and the regulatory systems needed to support a robust business aviation community. The delegation was led by CACC Deputy Director Jin Junhao. Learn more.

Unmanned Aircraft: Will Deployment Impact Business Aviation?
September 12, 2011
There is little doubt that a future in which unmanned vehicles share the open skies with manned aircraft is on the horizon. The greatest challenge lies in how to ensure that unmanned aircraft are ready to safely navigate the skies outside the controlled environment of a restricted test area, or over a military base. NBAA Director, Air Traffic Services & Infrastructure Bob Lamond says the FAA "is being appropriately cautious" in moving forward with wider deployment of unmanned vehicles. "They are listening carefully to the traditional operator base," he adds, "and listening to our concerns." Learn more.

9/11, Ten Years Later: TSA’s ‘LASP’ Stirs Industry’s Ire
September 9, 2011
At NBAA’s 2008 Annual Meeting & Convention in Orlando, FL, the top general aviation (GA) manager for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) assured NBAA Members that new security regulations planned by TSA officials would not be onerous. “Then, two days later, TSA released its Large Aircraft Security Program [LASP],” recalls NBAA Vice President, Safety and Security Doug Carr. “And after we read it, we wondered if it was the same document she had been referring to.” A look back on industry’s mobilization on the LASP, and the positive outcomes that activism produced, is part of a special NBAA series on the impact of 9/11 on business aviation. Learn more.

9/11, Ten Years Later: A Time For Increased Flight-Line Vigilance
September 9, 2011
As Americans solemnly commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security reminded general aviation interests to be especially watchful against the possibility that terrorists would try to use small aircraft as weapons of mass destruction. At the same time, FBI representatives have been quick to point out the effective security measures GA has in place. So, what specific security precautions should business aircraft operators take in the days surrounding 9/11? An FBI representative and one from the business aviation community explore the issue in the most recent edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast. Learn more.

9/11, Ten Years Later: Sorting Through Border Security Policies
September 8, 2011
Following the 9/11 attacks, a host of regulatory proposals showered down upon business aviation in the name of security. Among the most burdensome: a requirement for operators flying into the U.S. to stop in one of six "portal" countries for prescreening. NBAA was among groups spearheading the call for the government to find a better way, which led to the creation of the Advance Passenger Information System, or APIS for general aviation aircraft. "APIS is… optimal for the vast majority of users," reported NBAA Security Council Chairman Greg Kulis. Learn more.

9/11 Tenth Anniversary In Focus: DCA, Ten Years Later
September 7, 2011
When people in the business aviation community saw the events of September 11, 2001, unfold, it was clear the aviation industry would never be the same. "I knew [9/11] was going to have a profound impact on general aviation [GA]," business aviation pilot Greg Kulis said. "I just didn't realize how profound it would be. NBAA worked very hard at being proactive during that time. Various committees to help GA restore operations were formed, and the Association took on the development of expanded security procedures and best practices. NBAA stayed out in front by helping set standards for the business aviation community to follow." In the first of a series of 9/11 retrospective articles, NBAA gathers perspectives from Kulis and others in business aviation about the lessons learned from 9/11. Learn more.

Report: Pre-owned Aircraft Market Has Slowly Improved in 2011
September 2, 2011
Recent monthly figures from aviation research firm, JETNET LLC, offer a mixed picture of the health of the business aviation market. In a positive sign that a business aviation recovery is taking hold, sales of pre-owned business jets rose by 11.2 percent in July. "Used inventories definitely are being reduced but at a snail's pace," said Michael Chase, who analyzes used aircraft statistics for JETNET. "However, the increase in asking prices in June and July are a very positive sign." Learn more.

NBAA Continues Support for Annual Citation Jet Pilots Gathering
August 23, 2011
NBAA will be among the approximately 50 exhibitors featured at the Citation Jet Pilots Owner Pilot Association's third annual national convention, October 26–29, 2011. "As an exhibitor, this gives NBAA the opportunity for us to speak with owners about the products and services we offer, as well as share news about our advocacy efforts at the federal and state levels," said Mike Nichols, VP Operations, Education and Economics. NBAA is also a sponsor for the overall event. Learn more.

Analyst: Continued Economic Turbulence Won't Derail GA Recovery
August 22, 2011
The economy's third-quarter slowdown is not expected to scuttle what to date has been a slow, gradual recovery for general aviation, according to general aviation investment analyst Brian Foley, of Brian Foley Associates. "With equity markets whipsawing, sovereign debt issues and overall economic uncertainty, some in the general aviation sector wonder if it's a precursor to another 2008-like industry free-fall," said Foley in a press release issued Aug. 15 entitled General Aviation Won't Repeat 2008 Rout. "Not so." Learn more.

Does Being a Pilot Make You a Better CEO?
August 15, 2011
A new study by finance professors suggests that businesses run by pilots are substantially different than those run by non-pilots. "What we found is that [pilot] CEOs actually create more value for their firms," Cain said. "At least in the CEO context, the ability to take on greater risk is actually a beneficial thing." NBAA Flight Plan podcast host Pete Combs decided to get a first-hand perspective on the matter. He recently took to the sky with Brad Pierce, CEO of NBAA Member Company Restaurant Equipment World. Learn more.

Fractional Aircraft Ownership Grows As Added Programs Drive Value Perception
August 9, 2011
Even amidst a turbulent economy, the nation's fractional jet market has made a turn toward what appears to be a period of sustained growth, according to several sources. A continuing focus on "value" has been key in driving that growth, and fractional operators have been responding with a variety of programs and add-on benefits to enhance the value proposition of the fractional model for business aircraft use. Learn more.

At Oshkosh, NBAA Tent Abuzz With Activity
July 22, 2011
This year, the NBAA tent at the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA's) 2011 AirVenture extravaganza has seen exceptionally heavy foot traffic – and witnessed intense buzz about the state of the industry. "People are just so engaged this year, as much as we've ever seen," said Aimee Kaufman, NBAA Director, Marketing. "There's so much going on in Washington – and so much that NBAA's been responding to." Learn more.

NBAA: Potential FAA Shutdown Unlikely to Disrupt Business Flying
July 22, 2011
Should it occur, a temporary FAA shutdown starting Friday night, June 22, shouldn't be disruptive to NBAA Members, according to Steve Brown, NBAA Senior Vice President, Operations and Administration. In fact, he said, many business aviation operators may not notice that a portion of the FAA has been temporarily shuttered if the congressional impasse over FAA reauthorization is quickly resolved. Learn more.

Amidst Continued Economic Turbulence, Analysts See Long-Term Industry Recovery
July 15, 2011
Despite a still-turbulent U.S. economy, several leading business aviation analysts remain optimistic about the long-term prospects for the industry. "What we're seeing now is a little summer lull that has been brought on by the Greek debt crisis, the Chinese banking system and other factors that are causing the stock market to correct and people to sit on the fence a little longer," said Brian Foley, president of Brian Foley Associates. Learn more.

Business Aviators Urged to Take the Georgia Air Challenge
July 11, 2011
Steve Champness, a pilot and sales representative for NBAA Member Trade-a-Plane enjoyed coming off a flying hiatus and getting back in the air so much, he figured other pilots who hadn't flown in awhile could also use an incentive to get back in the cockpit. He lined up sponsors and issued the Georgia Air Challenge: during July, pilots who log at least three hours flying to three or more Georgia airports can register for prizes in a drawing to be held August 15th. Champness said the Georgia Air Challenge is aimed at all pilots, especially those who fly for business. Learn more and go along on a flight with Champness in this week's edition of the NBAA Flight Plan podcast.

NBAA Returns to Oshkosh for AirVenture 2011
June 23, 2011
The eyes of the aviation world will turn later this month to Oshkosh, WI, home of the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA's) annual AirVenture extravaganza. NBAA will again have its big white tent right along the flight line, where Members and non-Members alike are encouraged to stop by and say hello. "Our doors are open!" said Chris Strong, Vice President, Membership Marketing for NBAA. "We want people to come in and ask questions about using their aircraft for business. We want to hear their stories." NBAA will host an informal gathering for members of aircraft type clubs, and Hawker Beechcraft has provided for display a Bonanza XTRA fitted with all the latest technology. Learn More.

'Leaders Take Flight' Workshops Motivate Teachers, Students
June 23, 2011
Twelve teachers from New Jersey and Pennsylvania will fly left seat in GA airplanes on June 24 and 25 in a grass-roots effort to encourage students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including aviation careers. "These Take-Flight® workshops use airplanes as a learning environment," said Linda Castner, the central New Jersey director for the program. "The benefit of having teachers who can stand in front of a class and explain fluid dynamics with a model airplane wing can’t be overstated." Learn More.

Japan Dragged 13 Feet Closer to U.S., but Instrument Approaches Survive
March 19, 2011
Numerous airports and ground-based NAVAIDs in Japan were affected by the earthquake and tsunami that happened there earlier this month. But ground-based instrument approaches not ruined by the quake, tsunami or loss of electrical power are still operational, and it is not expected that the use of GPS for aerial navigation or approaches will be affected. What’s the outlook for what permanent effect, if any, the earthquake will have for aviation? .

Japan Earthquake: What Should You Know?
March 14, 2011
Last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan have left in their wake a host of severe operational and logistical challenges in the area – not only for companies with business airplanes needing to move people and equipment to and from the region, but also for those who want to support humanitarian-relief efforts to help victims in the impacted cities and towns. NBAA’s web site has a “Japan Crisis” resource that provides operational guidance regarding airports and airspace in Japan, as well as information about humanitarian efforts underway. The resource includes links to NBAA’s Humanitarian Emergency Response Opertator (HERO) database, where people can register themselves and their aircraft in support of efforts to help the people of Japan. Learn More.

A Week That Supports Women in Aviation Around the Globe
March 9, 2011
Women of Aviation Worldwide Week is being held from March 7 to 13 to showcase today's women of aviation and encourage young girls and women to consider careers in aviation. All areas of the aviation industry, including business aviation, are welcome to participate in the initiative. Planned activities such as flying challenges and contests are designed to underscore the message that women are welcome in aviation. Learn More.

FAA's 2011 GA Awards Spotlight Aviation Professionals
March 7, 2011
Four aviation professionals were recently acknowledged for their diverse contributions to the industry, through the 2011 General Aviation Awards. "These four individuals represent the proficiency, skill and dedication to safety that are so vital to the success of general aviation," said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. "NBAA is proud to be among the organizations working with the FAA to spotlight such aviation professionals." Learn More.

Skies Could Be Getting Brighter for the Helicopter Market
March 7, 2011
The Helicopter Association International’s annual Heli-Expo in Orlando, FL, provides a good opportunity to check in on the rotor end of business aviation. At least one industry expert believes sales of rotor-wing aircraft are about to see an up-tick. “The pipeline will fill up nicely and we’ll be in good shape next year – particularly on the delivery front,” said Brian Foley, an aviation analyst based in Sparta, NJ. Along with indicators of market improvement in the U.S., Foley sees potential in overseas markets. Learn more.

NBAA’s Flying Safety Award Validates Companies’ Professionalism
February 28, 2011
NBAA’s Flying Safety Awards recognize Member Companies for exceptional achievement in maintaining safe flying operations – and industry professionals say the recognition amounts to more than just words on paper. “You can tell people you have a culture of safety, but receiving the NBAA award is tangible evidence to our staff and customers,” said Mark Myers, marketing and charter director for Lane Aviation. The deadline for 2011 award applications is March 1. Learn more.

Business Aviation Milestone: February 1979
February 23, 2011
This month, business aviation marks the 32nd anniversary of a world record for altitude in a business jet. Made by No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign spokesman Neil Armstrong on February 21, 1979, the flight reached 51,131 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, in the process breaking five world records for business jets. Learn more.

Industry Snapshot: Charters Seeing Modest Recovery
February 23, 2011
David McCown, chairman of the Air Charter Association of North America and a senior consultant to Air Partner, reports that for the most part, the industry’s shift into positive growth is mirroring the trend seen in business aviation overall. Incremental industry growth began last year, and McCown expects to see the trend continue well into 2012 and beyond, provided the overall economy continues to expand. Learn more.

Business Aviation Leaders Cautiously Optimistic About the Future
February 22, 2011
Business aviation leaders are expressing cautious optimism that the industry is witnessing a budding economic recovery. "We've been through two difficult years and fortunately, we are starting to see some positive signs," declared John Rosanvallon, General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Chairman, and president and CEO of Dassault Falcon, at a Washington, DC press conference. GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce agreed, adding: "This industry has not stopped producing product – in fact, the pace has been accelerating." Learn more.

Exhibitors Visit Las Vegas as Momentum Builds for NBAA2011
February 7, 2011
Working alongside major Exhibitors to prepare for NBAA’s 64th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2011), the Association’s convention staff conducted a site visit in Las Vegas, NV last month. The Exhibitors and NBAA staff toured the Las Vegas Convention Center and Henderson Executive Airport (HND), where the Static Display of Aircraft well be held. Over the last seven years, local leaders have partnered with NBAA to improve Las Vegas’ infrastructure and facilities to provide the best setting possible for NBAA’s Convention – now the fourth-largest trade show in the United States. Learn more.

Mission: Egypt – A Business Aviation Front-Line Account
February 7, 2011
Air Partners, a world-wide charter broker, has extensive experience airlifting people and supplies into and out of danger zones. The company was also a part of the business aviation community’s effort to rush relief workers and urgently needed supplies to Haiti after the earthquake more than a year ago. Philip Mathews, Air Partners vice president, recounts his company’s recent experience coordinating the evacuation of more than 3,000 people from Egypt as civil unrest spreads across the country. Learn more.

Business Aviation Lends a Hand in Savannah
January 27, 2011
NBAA's Schedulers & Dispatchers (S&D) Advisory Council members are organizing a clothing drive called "Pay It Forward," and are asking S&D Conference attendees to each bring to the event just one professionally cleaned business outfit that can be donated to Assisting Working Women in Need. The nonprofit is dedicated to ensuring that single, working women become self-sufficient using community resources. "There is a tremendous need for contemporary, professional clothing, so job candidates can make a strong impression when they go to interviews," said Debbi Laux, MedAire's director of sales operations and chair of the Advisory Council for the S&D Committee. Learn more.

NBAA's Damato Offers Tips For Managing Life's Juggling Act
January 26, 2011
Life as an aviation professional, wife and mother often includes unique challenges – just ask Jo Damato, NBAA's Director of Operations and Educational Development, who draws from her own experiences to provide helpful pointers in a regular column entitled "The Juggling Act," which appears in Aviation for Women magazine. "Women who choose aviation careers can have it all," Damato said, "but like anything in life, you have to be willing to work hard at it and keep your priorities in the right order." Learn more, and review Damato's latest magazine column.

Business Aviation Still Helping in Haiti
January 14, 2011
A 12-year-old Haitian girl with the rare Guillain-Barre syndrome is alive today following a dramatic rescue made possible by a volunteer nurse practitioner in Haiti, a compassionate hospital in Charlotte and a U.S.-based business that offered its business airplane within hours of the call for help. The mission is just the latest example of the year-long work being done by people and companies in business aviation to help citizens of the island nation in the wake of a devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010.Read more about this particular life-saving mission.

2011 Industry Forecasts Turn More Positive
January 14, 2011
Thanks largely to an improved outlook for U.S. economic growth, those watching the business aviation industry also are revising their forecasts, giving them a slightly more positive outlook. They say a turn-around already has started and will accelerate later this year and into 2012. "The economic news as we've entered 2011 seems to be gaining momentum, and I think that is reflected in the business aviation community," NBAA President and CEO Bolen said. Learn what several analysts have to say about the year to come in business aviation.