AINalerts » December 8, 2011

December 8, 2011 - 3:14pm
A Eurocopter AS350B2 registered to Sundance Helicopters crashed late yesterday

A Eurocopter AS350B2 registered to Sundance Helicopters crashed late yesterday afternoon during a twilight flight near Nevada’s Hoover Dam, killing all five aboard. The remote location of the crash, 30 miles from Las Vegas, prompted recovery workers to delay efforts until today. The NTSB has sent a 12-person go-team to investigate. 

December 8, 2011 - 3:12pm

LightSquared reported yesterday that results of testing by an independent laboratory “confirmed that several major high-precision [GPS] receivers…are 100-percent compatible with LightSquared’s network.” LightSquared is seeking government approval to

December 8, 2011 - 3:10pm

Year-over-year business aircraft flying activity grew slightly by one percent, according to TraqPak data released this week by aviation services company Argus. The greatest growth during the past year was in the small-cabin-jet category, at 2.1 percent, followed by midsize cabins at 1.7 percent. Turboprop activity grew 1.1 percent, while large-cabin jets dropped by 2.8 percent.

December 8, 2011 - 3:08pm

The European Union Court of Justice has moved up the date it plans to issue a final ruling on Europe’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) to December 21, according to a Reuters article

December 8, 2011 - 3:06pm

Industry market analyst Forecast International sees slow but steady improvement ahead for the business aviation industry in its new study released this week. Based on trends, such as increased business jet usage, stabilization in the used jet market, economic growth and strong corporate profits, the company believes the industry has already weathered the worst of the downturn.

December 8, 2011 - 3:02pm

Aviation Partners (API) founder and CEO Joe Clark issued a statement yesterday in response to Airbus’s lawsuit complaining about API’s winglet patent.

December 8, 2011 - 2:58pm

Vaisala, a provider of weather-measuring equipment and services, has upgraded the quality of its Global Lightning Dataset GLD360 “with greater location accuracy, improved polarity classification and peak current estimates,” according to the company.

December 8, 2011 - 2:56pm

The EU-China Civil Aviation Project (EUCCAP) held a two-week workshop in Beijing and Zhuhai to introduce Chinese aviation regulators and industry personnel to the European general aviation sector.

December 8, 2011 - 2:51pm

ForeFlight Mobile 4.3 has been released in the Apple App Store and adds new features, including a measure function using two fingers to find the distance between two points on a map; share, which lets users send navlogs to other people; tap and hold to show distance from current location; export of flights to LogTen Pro; performance improvements in maps; and support for IOS 5.0.1’s never-delete capability, which preve


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