Cessna Aircraft continues to lower its production through 2009 into 2010. This results in another round of layoffs scheduled to occur in July. Their credit market, Textron, says that the much of the companies market continues to soften in the current economic state. Textron did not release details about the next layoff round but full details are expected to be released at the end of the month. The company has eliminated twenty-five plus percent of its employees in the last three months. President and CEO of Cessna Jack Pelton has said that he has never seen an economic situation to this dynamic, but hopes recent news points to improvement. Cessna remains hopeful, but knows that private aviation may be one of the latter points of the economy to be restored to those who have ceased use of it.
National operator Segrave Aviation has added a new aircraft to its fleet. It is a 1994 Lear 60 and has become a part of Segrave’s charter fleet family. Segrave now has 16 aircraft in their Charter X D085. Tail numbered N206HY, the eight passenger executive jet is arranged with three forward facing seats, and the rest club seats. The interior is Royal blue leather with cherry veneer cabinetry. The aircraft was refurbished in 2001 and recarpeted in 2007.
Magellan Jets was mentioned in the featured business people section of the Worcester Telegram. Joshua Hebert, Magellan Jets Founder and Chief Executive Officer and partner Anthony Tivnan, President of Magellan Jets were featured in Sunday’s paper. Tivnan being a native of Worcester grabbed the paper’s attention as a good subject for a small blurb. Magellan Jets has been featured in a number of press releases online lately as well as last month’s Boston Business Journal which featured an expose on the company.
The FAA has proposed to the government to restrict access to bird strike accident reports. They plan to block all public access for bird collisions like the one that brought down the plane in the Hudson in January. The proposal went virtually unnoticed and is essentially approved. The FAA claims that the goal of this move was to prevent the public from being “mislead” by the data.
“Does the speedof the Citation X really make a material difference? Yes! The Citation X was first delivered in the end of1996 and quickly became NetJet’s best selling aircraft. This is true due to thecombination of cabin comfort, speed, ease or maintenance, operating economicsand dispatch reliability. Initially with any technologically advancedaircraft, there were some issues that had to be addressed and overcome.However, since the initial series of issues have been resolved and with anupgrade to the gross weight in 2002, the Citation X has become one of the mostsuccessful new aircraft introductions in recent aviation history. Winner of the prestigious Collier Trophy foradvancing aviation, the Citation X is a leading alternative to any mid-sized,super mid-sized or large cabin buyer. For the midsized buyer, the Citation Xoffers a sizable cabin and baggage combination. The double club configurationoffers 8 comfortable captains chairs with a galley and good sized lavatory. Thebaggage compartment is 72 cubic feet, pressurized and heated. The range is asgood as or better than any other competitor in its class. For the super mid-sized or large cabin buyer, theCitation X offers unmatched speed and competitive operating economics. TheCitation X has set many speed records with its .92 mach top speed. Though thespeed and technological advancements get the “accolades”, Cessna is just aslikely to sell an aircraft because of their product support. When you speakwith operators, especially the early serial number operators, they consistentlyapplaud Cessna for the responsiveness. When a Citation X beats out a competitorwith a larger cabin, the “X” factor is usually the intangibles such as thesmaller ramp presence, customer support, speed, and dispatch reliability. Does the speed of the Citation X really make amaterial difference? Yes When compared with the F2000, the Citation X’slong range cruise is 60 miles per hour faster which translates into a crosscountry savings of 30-40 minutes. Though the Citation X burns more fuel perhour, the specific fuel for the trip will be similar due to the time savings.If you complete this trip on a regular basis, you could reduce your annualprivate jet utilization by 50 -100 hours per year. Savings over othercomparable aircraft like the Hawker 800XP or Gulfstream 200 would be even greater. In the most important category, safety, theCitation X has one of the best records in all of business aviation. Accordingto Robert Breiling Associates Inc 2004 Annual Turbine Aircraft Accident Review,the world wide Citation X fleet had never been in an accident. This is a creditto the aircraft’s design, the pilots who fly the Citation X, and the trainingand support available.” -Blogged by AirVehicle
According to ARG/US, business flight activity increased 28.55 percent last month from January. These numbers could be early indicators that the private aviation sector is starting to recover. The data includes all turbine business aircraft on IFR flight plans. The company also indicates that total flight activity has declined 18.51 percent over the last 12 months. In the fractional market, flight activity was down 28.1 percent, while FAR Part 135 flight activity dropped 46.7 percent.
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen commended Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) for taking to the floor of the Senate late last month to remind his colleagues of the value of business aviation for citizens, communities and companies across the U.S. “The people of the business aviation community applaud Senator Brownback for explaining what business aviation is all about, and correcting some of the misstatements and mischaracterizations about business aviation that have recently been made,” Bolen said. In his remarks, Brownback told his colleagues: “Some federal officials have recently been making use of business aviation a matter of derision. Well, there is a lot of good that this business–a U.S.-dominated business–does, and we ought to support it, not hurt it.” To illustrate his point, Brownback noted the following, among other facts:
- Business aviation employs more than one million people in manufacturing and support services.
- Many companies rely on an airplane to conduct business across a number of different locations, which are often located in areas without robust airline airline service.
- Of the nation’s 5,000 public-use airports, only 500 are served by the commercial airlines, making business aviation the only option for accessing most airports.
- Eighty-six percent of people aboard business aircraft are not a company’s senior officials, but are mid-level employees, including salespeople, engineers, or other technical specialists.
Patrick Tivnan, who runs the Charleston office of Magellan Jets, was quoted in the Charleston Post and Courier. Read the an excerpt from the article below:
A neighbor of Magellan Jets, Linear Air, has formed a Co-Operative Organziation which will provide support to the 259 Eclipse owners. The organization plans on buying assets from the liquidation sale to help keep the current fleet in service. The Co-Operative will try to purchase the type certificate, among other items. Read more about the Co-Operative: http://www.ainonline.com/news/single-news-page/article/linear-air-forms-eclipse-500-support-co-op/
The National Business Aviation Association in parternership with the General Aviation Manufacturers Association has launched a multimedia campaign designed “to educate the public on the importance of business aviation to our country and its communities, companies, and citizens. In the United States, business aviation generates well over a million jobs, provides a lifeline to communities with little or no commercial airline service, helps thousands of businesses of all sizes to be more productive and efficient, and provides emergency and humanitatrian services to people in need.” In recent months, business aviation has come under scrutiny by both the government and media. Although business aviation is a necessary tool for many, the negative attention has caused some businesses to rethink their aircraft use.
Superior Service, Flexibility, Choice & Safety Has Positioned Magellan Jets As An Attractive Option For Successful Business Travelers & Luxury-Minded Individuals. Boston, MA – Magellan Jets, a world-class private jet membership service, today announced that the company continues to demonstrate momentum providing its Private… Read More