Duncan Aviation in Battle Creek, Mich., is offering off-site avionics support for business aircraft in the Chicago metro area. Aircraft owners can schedule service in their hangars or at their airports. "This saves the customer fuel and travel time, decreases their aircraft usage and makes avionics line maintenance events less disruptive to their overall schedules," said Avionics Manager Paul Cummings.
The first private business aviation airport in Brazil received government approval July 25. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff signed a decree permitting the construction of privately-operated airports months earlier. Aeródromo Privado Rodoanel is being constructed in São Paulo, not far from the city's business district and is expected to accommodate up to 600 aircraft.
In a little over a decade, Brazil's Embraer went from producing popular commercial airplanes to leading the business aviation industry with six new innovative aircraft. Blogger Mark Patiky says the company's secret is listening to the customer.
The Avic group has begun development of what it calls the China New Generation Business Jet. Other Chinese companies have been working toward foreign partnerships. Embraer signed a deal to move assembly of the Legacy 600 and 650 jets to China two years ago, and in 2010, an Avic subsidiary, China Aviation Industry General Aircraft, bought the technology and intellectual property rights of Epic Aircraft.
The $42 million project to build Cleveland Regional Jetport in Tennessee was completed in two years. The airport replaces nearby Hardwick Field and features a 5,500-foot runway with LED lighting. Other facilities include pilot lounges, conferences rooms and a full catering kitchen. The grand opening was held Jan. 25.