AINalerts » August 9, 2012

August 9, 2012 - 4:01pm

The long anticipated business aviation recovery might truly be under way, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), which released its first-half aircraft delivery numbers this afternoon.

“We are starting to see positive signs in the 2012 shipment data,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. “When coupled with the positive trend we are seeing in the used market, we may finally be seeing the start of our recovery.”

August 9, 2012 - 3:27pm
Neighbors Vent Frustration About Noisy LA Helicopters

At a public hearing Monday in Sherman Oaks, Calif., Los Angeles-area citizens complained to FAA Western-Pacific regional administrator Bill Withycombe about noise caused by low-flying helicopters.

August 9, 2012 - 3:22pm

The draft FAA rule that will provide a regulatory framework for operating small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) of about 55 pounds or less in unrestricted airspace will likely limit those aircraft to flying 400 feet agl or below, within visual line of sight of an observer on the ground and during day VMC. The “sense-and-avoid” aspect of keeping safe separation from other aircraft will be provided by a ground observer, said Ted Wierzbanowski, chairman of ASTM International Committee F38, which is developing UAS standards under an agreement with the FAA.

August 9, 2012 - 3:15pm

A test aircraft assigned to Bell Helicopter’s XworX research-and-development division crashed Tuesday morning 10 miles from Avalon, Texas. The two-pilot crew was uninjured.

Wreckage video taken by a Dallas television station shows that the twin-engine Bell 214ST was flying a main-rotor system that had five blades when pilots made an emergency landing in a field and then gently rolled onto its right side. The video does not show any remains of the tail rotor.

August 9, 2012 - 3:10pm

The Santa Monica Airport Commission has proposed limiting the number of flights at Santa Monica Airport to 53 percent of prior year daily operations. The commission didn’t provide any details about exactly how such a limit would be enacted. For example, would the tower turn away any aircraft over the limit?

August 9, 2012 - 3:05pm

NetJets parent Berkshire Hathaway reported yesterday that its other businesses, which includes NetJets, grew 2012 revenues to $2.152 billion in the second quarter and $4.199 billion in the first six months, up 3 and 4 percent, respectively. Earnings in 2012 reflected increased earnings at NetJets and earnings from the Omaha World-Herald.

August 9, 2012 - 3:00pm

Bombardier today reported aerospace revenues for the second quarter increased to $2.3 billion from $2.1 billion helped by business aircraft deliveries that grew to 46 aircraft, up from 35 in the same period last year. Business aircraft orders for the quarter were 134 versus 43 in the same quarter last year, boosted by the firm NetJets order for 100 Challengers. Bombardier Aerospace’s backlog has grown to $25.2 billion, up from $22 billion as of Dec.

August 9, 2012 - 2:50pm

The Helicopter Association International is accepting nominations for the 2013 Salute to Excellence Awards program, which honors “outstanding achievements and exceptional merits of individuals and organizations in the international helicopter community.” The awards are open to any individual or organization, according to HAI. Categories include pilots, mechanics, instructors, safety, law enforcement, medevac and more. The awards will be presented on March 6 during Heli-Expo 2013 in Las Vegas.

August 9, 2012 - 2:45pm

A group of Beechcraft King Air aficionados launched a new social website–KingAirNation.com–to consolidate King Air information and connect people interested in the popular twin-engine turboprop. “We’ve had such a great response,” said Danny Carpenter, director of marketing and a key player behind the new website. Features include a Facebook page, YouTube channel and Twitter page plus links to for performance, maintenance, travel, King Air stories, videos and more.

August 9, 2012 - 2:40pm

A Reuters report last night said that the private equity owners of Landmark Aviation have put the company up for sale. Landmark is owned by GTCR Golder Rauner and Platform Partners and includes an FBO chain (52 bases), maintenance and charter division and Encore Support Systems. Encore FBO, backed by GTCR Golder Rauner and Platform Partners, purchased the Landmark Aviation Airport Services Division from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise in March 2008 for an undisclosed amount. At the time, this added 33 FBOs to Encore’s eight to create the global Landmark network.

 

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