Wichita’s future as an aircraft manufacturing hub has appeared less than rosy of late, but the outlook took a turn for the better with news today that Bombardier plans further expansion of its Learjet facilities there. This morning, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi announced the expansion of the company’s flight-test center in Wichita, in addition to establishing a center of excellence for engineering and information technology, adding new facilities for paint and production flight-testing and building a new aircraft delivery center in the self-appointed Air Capital of the World.
AINalerts » January 10, 2012
In response to recent confusion regarding the status of the Cleveland Jet Center (CJC) at Cleveland Cuyahoga County Airport, AIN learned that the facility was placed into court-ordered receivership late last month as a result of default proceedings on a multimillion-dollar loan by owner Canyon Properties. Canyon is run by Scott Beale, the chairman and CEO of Michigan-based Aerodynamics (ADI), and his wife, Jennifer. At a hearing last Thursday, a Cuyahoga County court ruled that CJC will remain in the hands of the receiver until the dispute is settled or the property is sold.
India’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence is scrutinizing eight Indian companies that it believes are basing their foreign-registered corporate aircraft overseas to evade customs duty and taxes. The agency is said to be looking at the status of a Boeing 727 owned by the UB Group, Punj Lloyd’s Gulfstream, Essar’s Boeing 737 and Bharat Hotel’s Embraer Legacy 600. Several other Indian companies’ business jets are also understood to be on the agency’s radar. India does not levy a customs duty on foreign-registered aircraft if they fly out within 15 days of arrival into the country.
Bell will build its new medium-twin Magellan helicopter in Texas, company CEO John Garrison revealed in a memo sent to employees yesterday.
Competing contractors have disclosed the industry teams they’ve assembled to pursue the FAA’s Data Communications Integrated Services (DCIS) contract, the second major step toward building the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). The DCIS contractor will provide a data communications network connecting ground and aircraft automation systems, enabling digital data communications between pilots and air traffic controllers starting in 2015.
Daher-Socata delivered 38 TBM 850s last year, marking the fourth-best year for its TBM aircraft series since 1990. The more than 600 of the French aircraft manufacturer’s turboprop singles now in service have logged a fleet flight time of 909,921 hours. Most–84 percent, to be exact–of the TBM 850s shipped last year went to U.S. customers. Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Europe accounted for the remainder of deliveries.
Safe Flight Instrument donated $50,000 to Corporate Angel Network (CAN) to support the charity’s mission of arranging free flights to treatment for cancer patients using empty seats in business aircraft. The company has a long history with CAN, transporting the organization’s first patient–a 16-year-old boy going back home to Detroit after treatment in New York City–some 30 years ago. CAN now has 530 participating corporations, a team of 50 part-time volunteers and six paid staff.
Arinc Direct announced today that it has added standardized airport noise abatement procedures to its product suite for flight planning, thanks to an agreement with FlightRisk and Whispertrack. As such, the company’s flight-planning suite now includes noise-abatement procedures for more than 22 North American airports, including Teterboro, N.J., and Oakland and Santa Monica, Calif. Arinc Direct claims it is the first flight-planning service to provide this data as standard information for its operators.
In light of Hawker Beechcraft’s pending litigation over award of a light attack aircraft contract to competitor Sierra Nevada, the U.S. Air Force has issued a temporary stop-work order. Hawker Beechcraft filed suit after learning that the GAO had dismissed its protest over exclusion from the bidding.
A new air traffic control tower opened today at Singapore Seletar Airport as part of an ongoing vision to develop the airfield as a business aviation haven, as well as an aerospace park hub, in the region. The completion of the new control tower comes on the heels of a runway extension completed in September. At present, the airport allows only VFR operations, but the new control tower combined with an ILS that will be installed in 2014 will enable Seletar to handle all-weather flight operations.