In response to a request by Hawker Beechcraft seeking a 120-day extension of the exclusive period during which only the company can file a reorganization plan, a judge in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York today agreed to maintain exclusivity through the end of February.
AINalerts » August 30, 2012
Yesterday Boeing delivered a Boeing Business Jet 747-8 with the first Greenpoint Technologies Aeroloft system, which provides an extra 393 sq ft of cabin space (for a total of 5,179 sq ft) via the addition of a loft area above the main cabin between the upper deck and tail. It was installed by Boeing Global Transport & Executive Systems in Wichita.
The FAA awarded Harris a contract on Tuesday potentially worth $291 million to replace legacy voice switches at ATC facilities with an Internet Protocol-based network under the National Airspace System Voice System (NVS) program, considered foundational to the NextGen ATC modernization effort. Current voice switches, some dating to the early 1980s, operate independently at individual ATC facilities.
NBAA and AOPA are using the political conventions in the U.S. this week and next as platforms to highlight the value of general aviation to policymakers and opinion leaders. They are at the Republican National Convention this week in Tampa, Fla., and will be at the Democratic National Convention next week in Charlotte, N.C.
Eurocopter is hoping to establish a completion center for its Ecureuil light helicopter series in Tianjin, China, next year. Company president Lutz Bertling inked a memorandum of understanding today with Feng Zhijiang, president of the Tianjin Free Trade Zone (TFTZ). The agreement aims at “exploring the creation of a completion and customization center.”
NetJets is adding in-flight Internet service from Aircell to another 100 or so aircraft in its fleet, Aircell announced yesterday. In 2010 the fractional operator initially opted for Aircell Internet service aboard more than 250 of its jets, and the additional 100 systems will expand NetJets’ connected fleet by about 40 percent. The installation process is already under way at Duncan Aviation, and the entire retrofit program is expected to be completed by mid-2014.
Calgary-based KR Industrial Design & Consulting has developed the Aero navigation in-cockpit mount for iPads, which it bills as an “ergonomically mounted fixture” at a pilot’s fingertips. The iPad mount was recently certified by Transport Canada and is currently available for the Canadair Regional Jet, though other rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft models will soon be added, KRIDC said. Pricing for the Aero mount starts at about $1,200 per installation. The company is now working on FAA STC approval and is mulling EASA certification.
Former NBAA director Robert Breiling will receive the association’s John P. “Jack” Doswell Award at the NBAA Convention in late October. “NBAA is proud to recognize Breiling’s outstanding contributions to the business aviation community,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
The FAA announced today a $10 million grant for a rehabilitation project for Runway 2/20 at Danville (Va.) Regional Airport. The refurbishment will include new runway markings and signage for better pilot awareness, grooves in the runway to give aircraft greater traction in wet conditions, new runway edge lighting and improvements to the runway safety area. During construction, which is expected to start next month and be completed in November next year, aircraft will have to use Runway 13/31.
Twin Commander Aircraft has developed a rudder-pedal seal kit that it says virtually eliminates pressurization leaks in a troublesome area. Leaks in the original boots that enclose the rudder-pedal horns can lead to a noticeable loss of pressure differential, resulting in a higher cabin altitude at cruise. Twin Commander’s new rudder-pedal seal kit includes a plug for the rudder-pedal horns/brake valve arms and improved boots that help preserve cockpit and cabin pressurization.