We’ll Always Have 2007 ...

After more than a decade of robust growth, business aviation puts on the brakes

Kobeh notes that progress is being made under ICAO’s Operational Concept, Global Air Navigation Plan, and framework for a performance-based transition. ICAO recently held a forum on the integration and harmonization of the U.S. NextGen and the European SESAR projects into the global air traffic management framework.

On the issue of climate change, Kobeh reminds that global aviation is estimated to account for just 2 percent of human-produced CO2. The problem, Kobeh says, is growth.

“In spite of the current drop in traffic due to rising fuel prices, mid- to long-term projections are for an increase in traffic, which would outpace our capacity for bringing down emissions,” says Kobeh. The solution lies in the development of a combination of technical, operational, and market-based measures, under the leadership of ICAO.”

New Construction briefs

• APPH Houston, Inc. begins construction of a new 62,000-square foot facility at its Houston parts supply, repair, and overhaul location. The facility is scheduled to be completed in March 2009 and houses a sheetmetal shop, accessory and pneumatic shop, and parts inventory.

• RW Martin Inc. announces completion of a new 20,000-square foot hangar addition to its aircraft modification facility in Murrieta, CA. The hangar has 2,000 square feet of office space and a 24x110-foot hangar door suited for mid-sized jets and turboprop aircraft. The facility will enhance capabilities for supporting special missions market and DHC-6 Twin Otter customers.

• Midcoast Aviation opens a 146,000-square foot narrow-body hangar at St. Louis Downtown Airport. Completed in just 14 months at an investment of $18.5 million, the company expects the new facility to accommodate the growing narrow-body business aircraft market and Midcoast’s robust completions schedule.

As part of the expansion, Midcoast plans to add at least 200 new employees within the first two years of operation. The hangar features two 48,000-square foot bays connected by a 36,000-square foot three-story central core while also offering 14,000 square feet of shop space. Midcoast now controls nearly 650,000 square feet of hangar space at the St. Louis Downtown location.

OEM news ...

cessna aircraft — which logged a record 770 bizjet orders in 2007 and unveiled its largest aircraft, the Columbus, in January, announced it is preparing to begin deliveries of its new Citation XLS+ after receiving FAA certification in May. The OEM has more than 225 orders for the new Citation.
• Cessna debuted the first production Citation CJ4 business jet fitted with a production interior at Orlando, and announced upgrades to its line of CJ1+, CJ2+, and CJ3+ models.
• The Citation Mustang, Cessna’s entry into the very light jet market, is now at full production levels. The company projects it will deliver some 150 Mustangs per year, starting in 2009.
• A new Cessna Service Center at Mesa, AZ is on track to open in January, and its Greensboro, NC Service Center has added more than 69,000 square feet of ramp space.

dassault falcon — based in France announces the company had 87 orders in the first half of 2008, a number that’s second only to its record set in 2007. The fuel-efficient, now winglet-equipped, Dassault 900 LX, 40 percent lighter with a 200nm range, is expected to be certified by mid-2010. The Falcon 2000 LX, also now winglet-equipped, has gained 5 percent in range and has undergone high stress wing certification. Priced at some $29.7 million, the 2000 LX is expected to be ready for initial deliveries in 2010.
• Dassault announces upgrades for the Falcon avionics system EASy (enhanced avionics system) flight deck. EASy Phase II includes synthetic vision system (SVS) technology, a system which displays a three-dimensional synthesized representation of the flying environment on both pilots’ flight displays. Certification of SVS for the 900 series jet is expected by the end of the year, and by mid-2010 for the 2000 and 7X series.
• Dassault has completed its first factory-owned service center at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The nearly 40,000-square foot facility will open in early 2009. The company also announces the development of a new service center network in South Africa.

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