WASHINGTON, D.C. — The third quarter general aviation aircraft shipment report, released Thursday by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), shows that total worldwide general aviation airplane shipments increased 5.7% to 1,678, and billings rose to $16 billion, up 4%.
The folks at Quicksilver Aeronautics say they are especially pleased to report the sale of a Special Light-Sport Aircraft, the Sport S2SE, to a different sort of customer — a war hero. While any aircraft delivery is satisfying, this one deserves extra attention, they say.
“I met Jimmy Aguila recently. He called me to say he wanted a Quicksilver Sport 2SE SLSA,” said Quicksilver Aeronautics President and CEO Will Escutia. “Every day I come to work and face the problems and challenges of running a business. However Jimmy’s story adds proper perspective to life. Jimmy’s story captured my attention and I feel humbled.”
West Star Aviation recently added accessory shop capabilities at its Columbia, South Carolina (CAE) location. The new shop became fully operational in April. In addition, West Star will open another all new accessory shop at its East Alton, Ill. (ALN) location during the fourth quarter of 2014.
In just three months, the 11th annual U.S. Sport Aviation Expo will take aviation’s center stage, opening on Wednesday, Jan. 14, and closing on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.
The show will feature the latest in light-sport, homebuilt, and refurbished production aircraft and ultralights, as well as engines, avionics and more, according to organizers. [Read more...]
DULUTH, Minn. — Cirrus Aircraft is collaborating with OpenAirplane. Pilots who participate in the Cirrus factory approved initial and proficiency training will be offered rental credentials through OpenAirplane for the same model of Cirrus, without the hassle and expense of another checkout.
With its universal checkout, OpenAirplane makes renting an airplane as easy as renting a car. Once pilots pass the checkout, they can go to OpenAirplane-affiliated flight schools and FBOs and rent an airplane.