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NBAA Focusing On Single Pilot Aircraft

by John M. White |

With the downturn in the economy and the demise of large flight operations, many small companies are looking to acquire single pilot aircraft and increase efficiency through the use of these aircraft. For the first time that segment of corporate aviation will be front and center at the NBAA Convention in Orlando this year. Aircraft like the Pilatus PC-12 and other turbo-prop aircraft are enjoying a resurgence as biz jets take ever larger hits. Hawker Jet has seen steep declines in orders and has laid off employees in the face of this economy, and even venerable Cessna has seen a decline in it's jet sales, even canceling some new aircraft projects. Many items concern owner/operators of aircraft, and corporations operating aircraft, including fuel costs, insurance and taxes. These items will be among the subjects being discussed by the group in Orlando. One of the major differences between owner/pilots and corporate operations is that owners are focused on their core businesses and flying is secondary. This means that more attention needs to be paid to recurrent training and careful evaluation of flight conditions before launching a business flight. There will be a full two days devoted to this segment of aviation which NBAA hopes to bring under its umbrella and support as the aviation industry undergoes fundamental changes. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 In flying I have learned that carelessness and overconfidence are usually far more dangerous than deliberately accepted risks. — Wilbur Wright in a letter to his father, September 1900

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