Wipaire expands south

“A lot of little things added up,” said Wipaire president Chuck Wiplinger, when I asked him about their expansion to Leesburg, Florida. “A great customer base in the immediate area and the growth of our government contract work are just two of the reasons this test makes sense.”

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Cessna endorses OpenAirplane

Cessna has named OpenAirplane as an Endorsed Partner to the Cessna Pilot Center program collaborating to make flying even more convenient for pilots.

“Cessna Pilot Centers are a foundation of our aviation community,” said Rod Rakic, co-founder at OpenAirplane. “We’re excited to be working with the team at Cessna to enhance our product, and deliver a great experience consistently wherever our pilots want to fly.”

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New study highlights the value of bizav during ‘The Great Recession’

Ed Bolen

A new study unveiled at the recent National Business Aviation Association convention shows that even during the worst economic times since the Great Depression, companies that relied on business aviation outperformed the field in important measures of shareholder value and recovered from the recession more quickly than their peers across a range of industries representing the U.S. economy. The study, “Business Aviation: Maintaining Shareholder Value Through Turbulent Times,” concludes that companies in the S&P 500 that use business aviation achieved superior financial performance in a number of key measures and also displayed superior ability to respond to the severe downturn. “This answers the question as to why so many American enterprises continue to depend upon business aviation, even in — and perhaps, especially in — tough economic times,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen (pictured). Find out more here.

NBAA to honor Tuskegee Airmen


The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) will bestow the organization’s highest award — NBAA’s 2012 Meritorious Service to Aviation — to the Tuskegee Airmen, Oct. 31, during a general session of the association’s Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012) in Orlando, Florida.

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NBAA seeks Business Aviation survey respondents

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is working with the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation on a research study, titled Business Aviation – Gaining Altitude. The goal of this study is to better understand the current and future trends in the business aviation market. As part of the research process, NBAA is seeking survey respondents. Participation will contribute to the data and insights about buying, selling and financing business aircraft over the next several years.  [Read more…]

Pilots, mechanics can maintain proficiency while job searching

Pilots and maintenance technicians of business aircraft, involuntarily unemployed since January 1, 2012, can maintain their proficiency with no cost training while they look for new employment opportunities. “We are pleased and proud to have helped our Customers through the Proficiency Protection program in the past. We now offer it again during 2012,” said Bruce Whitman, FlightSafety President & CEO.

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Knots 2U acquires Globe Fiberglass

Burlington, Wisc. – Knots 2U in December 2011 acquired Lakeland, Florida-based Globe Fiberglass. “The dust is pretty well settled and everything is in production here in Burlington now,” stated Knots 2U’s John Bailey. Knots 2U makes and sells parts for Aerostar, Beechcraft, Cessna, McDonnell-Douglas, Piper, Rockwell Commander and other makes. For more than 30 years Knots 2U has manufactured modification and replacement parts with more than 70 STCs and hundreds of PMAd parts. Knots 2U can be contacted at 262-763-5100.