AINalerts » August 27, 2013

August 27, 2013 - 3:30pm

India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has banned nonscheduled air operator permit (AOP) holders–including indigenous business jet operators––from flying to international destinations unless certification documents adhere to the international air operator certification manual.

This follows an ICAO safety audit of India last December that found “significant safety concerns,” with deficiencies in AOP holders and maintenance. Last month, an Indian-registered business jet was refused landing by Singapore as it did not have AOP documentation.

August 27, 2013 - 3:21pm

The first Embraer Legacy 650 super-midsize built in China completed its maiden flight yesterday. It was assembled by Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry (HEAI), the joint venture between Embraer and Aviation Industry Corporation of China (Avic) that previously manufactured EMB-145 regional jets upon which the Legacy is based.

August 27, 2013 - 3:17pm

Helicopter manufacturer Eurocopter appears to be facing a backlash from North Sea oil workers after four people were killed in an AS332L2 Super Puma accident on Friday. Although the cause of the accident has not been established yet, unions and workers were quick to react to the fifth Super Puma accident or major incident in four years in the UK offshore industry.

August 27, 2013 - 3:12pm

The FBO community at California’s Van Nuys Airport, one of the most heavily used business aviation fields in the U.S., is seeing some upheaval with the announcement this morning that Signature Flight Support parent company BBA Aviation will acquire Maguire Aviation’s two FBOs at Van Nuys for $69 million. Subject to antitrust approvals, the deal is expected to be completed by year-end.

August 27, 2013 - 3:10pm

The FAA released its final policy last week regarding the procedures for allowing aircraft owners and operators to have their flight information blocked from online flight tracker sites.

August 27, 2013 - 3:05pm

Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) confirmed yesterday that it is in “preliminary discussions” with BBA Aviation “regarding a potential combination of certain parts of its business.” The talks are widely believed to center on the two companies’ aircraft maintenance divisions. Unconfirmed press reports have indicated that DAE, which owns Tempe, Ariz.-based StandardAero, is seeking some kind of merger with BBA’s aircraft maintenance division, under which DAE would reportedly own a majority stake. However, no finalized deal has been announced.

August 27, 2013 - 3:01pm

Cutter Aviation will start work soon on a $1.75 million expansion and renovation project on its facility at New Mexico Albuquerque International Airport. Set to begin next month is a $250,000 modernization of its FBO terminal, including the refurnishing of the lobby, conference room and pilots’ lounge areas. The remaining $1.5 million will be used to construct a new 20,000-sq-ft hangar on property already under the company’s leasehold, capable of storing ultra-long-range business jets.

August 27, 2013 - 2:58pm

The first production copy of the Cessna Citation M2, an updated CJ1+ with Garmin G3000 avionics, logged its maiden flight from Cessna Aircraft’s Independence, Kan. facility on Friday. It reached altitudes up to 17,500 feet during the two-hour sortie. The M2, which was announced in September 2011, is expected to receive FAA certification in the fourth quarter.

August 27, 2013 - 2:55pm

After securing financing, Aviation Alliance is moving forward on its second aircraft remanufacturing program–a Gulfstream III conversion and modernization project dubbed FanStream. According to the company, the modified GIII “will be a like-new, Stage-3-compliant aircraft with a range approaching or exceeding 5,000 nautical miles.” It will feature new engines and a glass flight deck, as well as a new interior, electrical system updates and new paint. The company plans to announce details on the FanStream’s performance, pricing and availability “at a later date.”

August 27, 2013 - 2:50pm

NBAA has moved its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the U.S. business aviation association announced yesterday. Its new postal address is 1200 G Street NW, Suite 1100, Washington, D.C. 20005. The association’s main phone number remains the same–(202) 783-9000. General inquiries can also continue to be directed to info@nbaa.org.

 

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