CESSNA AIRCRAFT CO. — launches a safety initiative to educate 100- and 200-series single-engine piston aircraft owners around the world about new supplemental aircraft inspection procedures that will be added to Cessna service manuals. The supplemental inspections cover Cessna single-engine piston aircraft produced between 1946 and 1986 when Cessna suspended production of piston aircraft. The inspections will be incorporated into the service manuals for the 200-series aircraft in early December and the change for the 100-series aircraft will be made in April 2012.
CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION — welcomes new service between Mexico City and Chicago Midway Int’l Airport from Mexico-based, low-cost carrier Volaris Airlines. Volaris will also add two additional destinations to Mexico, Zacatecas and Morelia, starting November 10 and 11, respectively.
CITY OF KANSAS CITY — Aviation Department announces that St. Louis-based Missouri Partnership, the state’s non-profit business attraction and marketing organization, has opened a Kansas City office, in the Ambassador Building at KCI.
DUNCAN AVIATION — develops new, roll-around Hawker landing gear, adding them to its line of Hawker services. The gear will allow aircraft to be moved through all phases of maintenance at the same time the aircraft’s landing gear is being overhauled at a Duncan Aviation facility.
FONTAINEBLEAU AVIATION — opens a fixed-base operation at Opa-locka Executive Airport in Miami, with more than 100,000 sq. ft. of space that can accommodate aircraft as large as a Boeing 737. It also has 19,000 sq. ft. of executive and maintenance offices.
FORECAST INTERNATIONAL — issues a new study, “The Market for Business Jet Aircraft,” in which the Connecticut-based market research firm predicts that 10,907 business jets will be produced between 2011 and 2020. The value of this production is estimated at $230.3 billion. Production is forecast to total 728 units in 2012, signaling the start of a gradual, though potentially long-lasting, market recovery.
FRESNO YOSEMITE INT’L AIRPORT — approves over $35 million for runway reconstruction and ramp construction work.
FRONTIER AIRLINES — announces seasonal nonstop seasonal flights between Kansas City and Tampa, as well as seasonal service between Tampa and Omaha, Milwaukee, and Des Moines.
GA GROUPS — plan to meet with FAA to air concerns about changes in the issuance of digital charts, including possible new fees. FAA plans to discuss contract requirements for access to the charts during the meeting. Beginning April 5, FAA will provide downloads of digital charts only to those who have agreements with the Aero-Nav Services branch. The charts will be available for viewing for free on its website.
GAMA — General Aviation Manufacturers Assn. announces that its board votes to expand the association’s membership to include rotorcraft manufacturers and to accept Bell Helicopter as the first GAMA member from this sector of general aviation products.
GREENWICH AEROGROUP — establishes Greenwich AeroGroup Financial Services, a division structured to provide finance and leasing options for a variety of general aviation aircraft and rotorcraft.
GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG INT’L AIRPORT — reports that a joint venture of Skanska USA and Moss & Associates was recently awarded an $80 million contract to expand and renovate the Greenville-Spartanburg Int’l Airport terminal in South Carolina.
HAWKER BEECHCRAFT — CEO Bill Boisture informs employees that the firm has decided “to slow the pace of completion of the Hawker 200 certification program” until the economy improves and the light-jet market segment improves. The announcement follows communiqués to vendors last month telling them to cease deliveries of parts for the Hawker 200. Originally launched in 2008 as the Premier II, the six passenger, composite aircraft was rebranded a year ago as the Hawker 200.
TRANSAIR CENTER — opens a fixed base operation at Honolulu Int’l Airport, with a new passenger terminal and VIP lounge slated for completion in 2012.
JETBLUE AIRWAYS — will launch twice daily nonstop flights from Kingson, Jamaica to Fort Lauderdale beginning April 30.
JETNET LLC — reports that for the first ten months of 2011 results for the pre-owned business jet, business turboprop, and helicopter markets continue to show improvement. For sale inventories have declined, and full sale transactions have recorded double-digit growth for both business jets and turboprops of10.3 percent and 10.2 percent, respectively. Both turbine and piston helicopter full sale transactions have declined by double-digit percentages.
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