Air Intel -- Issue 2
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Welcome to the second installment of Air Intel, powered by Dallas Airmotive.
This is our collection of industry news and information curated from industry publications and aviation experts. It is pulled together as a summary of notable industry events and as a source of information for decision makers throughout our organization.
There is a lot of useful information and insight here. We try to get it together every two weeks, so make sure to check back for more.
1. Textron Aviation (@TextronAviation) has announced it is expanding the services offered at its factory-owned support centers (now combined Cessna-Beechcraft-Hawker) and cutting back on its authorized service network. As a case in point, Textron has ended its 41-year authorization of Duncan Aviation as a Cessna Citation Service Center. A statement issued by Textron said that it “continues to assess what its service footprint requirements will be going forward.” This includes an emphasis on “maintaining and growing direct relationships with customers where possible.” Source: AIN Alerts
2. Bell Helicopter Textron (@one_bell) has confirmed a delay in the delivery of its new 525 Relentless. Deliveries are now expected in late Q1 of 2017. The super medium class helicopter is designed primarily for support of offshore energy operations. The Bell 525 Relentless had its maiden flight on July 1, 2015.
- The 525 is powered by GE CT7 engines, which H+S Aviation has the authorization for and offers full scale support for engine repair, overhaul and field service.
3. Long time Airport/FBO Directory publisher AC-U-KWIK (@acukwik) analyzed business aviation traffic for March 2015 and stated that Teterboro Airport (TEB) was the most popular business aviation airport among U.S., Canada and Mexico airports. William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) in Houston was second, followed by Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International (FLL), Dallas Love Field (DAL) and Opa Locka Executive (OPF) in Miami. Looking around the world, the order is the same as above except Paris Le Bourget takes fourth place overall and moves Dallas Love Field to fifth place.
- BBA Aviation’s Signature Flight Support has facilities at DAL, FLL, HOU, and TEB.
4. The June issue of Aviation International News highlights the new and upgraded engine programs currently entering service or in development. The article starts on Page 20. Below is a summary of new programs and their platforms:
5. A current look through May 2015 at the “For Sale” turbine aircraft (jet, turboprop, rotor) market is shown graphically below. After a steady decline in 2014 for worldwide business jets the inventory has been gradually climbing once again. The inventory accumulation is more pronounced outside the USA as indicated by the steeper slope of the blue line in the second chart below.
6. The Paris Air Show, June 15-21, 2015 had few major announcements but resulted in a steady stream of orders for major OEMs Airbus and Boeing. Embraer also took orders for 93 E-Jets E2. The new orders bring the backlog for the E190-E2 and E195-E2 to 267 firm plus 373 options. E-Jets will enter service in 2018 for the E190 and 2019 for the stretched E195. Embraer’s market outlook predicts deliveries of 6,350 jets in the 70-to-130 seat category over the next 20 years.
7. United Technologies Corporation (UTC, @UTC) is moving forward with its plans to divest itself of the Sikorsky helicopter business. CEO Gregory Hayes said UTC has already received three bids and anticipates more. Hayes said the three offers that have been received came in higher than expected. Potential bidders include Airbus, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Textron (Bell Helicopter). Source: Reuters.com, June 09, 2015