The rotorcraft world is preparing to alight at the Las Vegas Convention Center next week for the Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo 2013. The conference opens on Monday with safety seminars and media conferences, while the 1.5-million-sq-ft exhibit space and indoor static display opens at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, following the annual membership meeting and breakfast.
AINalerts » February 28, 2013
With the automatic U.S. budget cuts known as sequestration all but certain to take effect tomorrow, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta explained why they will have such a deep effect on his agency. In testimony yesterday before the House aviation subcommittee, Huerta also lamented that the financial “predictability” the one-year-old FAA reauthorization provided his agency has been all but erased by sequestration.
In presenting its annual results yesterday, European aerospace consortium EADS shed more light on Eurocopter’s performance last year. As of December 31, the French helicopter manufacturer’s backlog included 1,070 aircraft worth $16.9 billion. While this is steady in units, it reflects a 7-percent decrease in value.
ExecuJet Europe is relocating most of its accounting and information technology departments from the group’s Zurich, Switzerland headquarters to its new global operations center at Cambridge Airport in the UK. Last year, the business aviation services group transferred its aircraft operations department to Cambridge.
The latest move of ExecuJet personnel to the UK coincides with the appointment of Gerrit Basson as managing director of ExecuJet Europe. He is replacing Cedric Migeon, who is staying in Switzerland to start his own aviation consultancy business.
After delays of nearly a year, the U.S. Air Force announced yesterday that it selected Sierra Nevada Corp. and its partner, Embraer Defense and Security, for its light air support program (LAS). After a lengthy rebidding process, the Air Force in essence confirmed its original choice of the A-29 Super Tucano, built by Brazilian airplane manufacturer Embraer.
Craig Fuller, president and CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, announced today that he intends to step down from his position and from the group’s board. According to AOPA, Fuller plans to remain in his current role until a successor is in place. The board will conduct a national search for his successor. Fuller took office Jan. 1, 2009, and is only the fourth president of AOPA since the association’s founding nearly 75 years ago. He will assist with the search for a new president and the transition to a new administration.
The San Marino Aircraft Registry secured the registration of a Pilatus PC-12 owned by a major Swiss company this week, marking the 43rd aircraft to be recorded at the registry, which made its debut in December at MEBA. Under new laws recently passed by the government of San Marino, it is now possible for aircraft to be registered in the principality under the name of the owner, ensuring that the process is completely transparent.
Effective tomorrow, Philippe Liénard will be the new chairman at the Central European Private Aviation (CEPA) association. This continues the annual rotation of the chairmanship at CEPA, with currently chairman Brendan Lodge of Jet Brokers Europe shifting to deputy chairman. Liénard is the founder and majority shareholder of Slovakian and Polish-based AELIS Group, which specializes in business aircraft trading and leasing, and has many years of experience in operating businesses in Central and Eastern Europe.
Bell Helicopter announced today that the Bell 429 has earned Civil Aviation Authority of Israel (CAAI) type acceptance to operate in Israel, as well as approval to fly at an increased maximum gross weight of 7,500 pounds. Israel is the 16th country to approve the increased maximum gross weight for the light twin helicopter.