An Industry Moves On

LAS VEGAS — Following a somber event in 2010, the National Business Aviation Association’s 64th Annual Meeting & Convention rebounded strongly here this year, attracting more than 26,000 attendees, saw a return of the major airframe manufacturers to...

Boston-based Magellan Jets begins offering empty leg charters at reduced rates via its One-Way Leg Search Feature, and launches the first-ever app of its kind for iPhones and iPads;

Gulfstream expands at Westfield, MA

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. is expanding its service center at the Barnes Regional Airport in Westfield, MA, investing some $20 million to build a 100,000-sq. ft. maintenance facility adjacent to the existing 85,000-sq. ft. one. The growth is expected to result in 100 additional Gulfstream jobs.

Gulfstream also introduces its PlaneBookTM app, an electronic document management system for iPad, available now in the Apple App Store.

ATP, Piper enter agreement

Piper Aircraft Inc. and Airline Transport Professionals (ATP) reach agreement for the sale of as many as 30 Piper Seminoles with a total retail value of $18 million. ATP specializes in airline pilot training and pilot career development nationally, and flies over 10,000 hours each month to provide more than 4,000 FAA pilot certifications each year at 25 locations nationwide.

StarPort forms an alliance

Sanford, FL-based StarPort, a full-service fixed-base operator, forms a strategic alliance with Rotortech Services, Inc. to establish an avionics repair and installation shop at Rotortech Services’ helicopter service center at Palm Beach International Airport.

StarPort also announces the hiring of Bruce Van Allen as director of marketing. Previously, Van Allen held a number of senior operating executive and group level positions for BBA Aviation, plc.

StandardAero offers GA parts

StandardAero Business Aviation expands its business to include the buying and selling of parts for general aviation aircraft, including APUs, whole engines, avionics, and airframe components.

StandardAero is also expanding its network of Mobile Service Teams throughout North America, with a total of 12 planned by year end.

Cessna introduces the Latitude

Cessna Aircraft introduces the bizjet, the Citation Latitude, which is expected to enter the market in late 2015. The aircraft is priced at $14.9 million and is positioned between the Citation XLS+ and the Citation Sovereign in Cessna’s business jet offerings.

XOJet eyes Sacramento expansion

XOJet plans to open a 22,000-sq.-ft. operations center in Sacramento on the former McClellan Air Force Base that will house flight planners and schedulers, management, and customer service.

At the same time, XOJet places an order for up to 12 Hawker 800XPR aircraft. The agreement includes firm orders for seven aircraft to be deliverednext year and options for five more, for an estimatedc value of $50 million.

Honeywell sees uptick in 2012

According to Honeywell’s most recent forecast delivered at NBAA, deliveries of business jets should begin to rise again in 2012, tough the gains will be modest. The forecast sees manufacturers delivering some 600-650 aircraft in 2011, and next year’s total is projected to remain below 700.

Honeywell forecasts deliveries of 10,000 new business jets from 2011 through 2021, generating more than $230 billion in sales.

Nextant gets FAA certification

Nextant Aerospace of Cleveland receives FAA certification of its Nextant 400XT, a complete makeover of the Beechjet 400A/XP, and begins initial deliveries of the remanufactured light jets, with the first aircraft going to fractional jet provider Flight Options, which has ordered 40.

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