AINalerts » January 6, 2011

January 6, 2011 - 11:29am

Bell Helicopter yesterday announced that its six support and service subsidiaries have been integrated and rebranded to eliminate confusion and simplify customer buying choices. Customer service and support currently accounts for one-third of the company’s revenue. Bell CEO John Garrison said the move would make it easier for the company to offer customers integrated solutions throughout a helicopter’s lifecycle.

January 6, 2011 - 11:27am

The NTSB yesterday issued two safety recommendations stemming from the Aug. 9, 2010 crash of a de Havilland Canada Otter near Aleknagik, Alaska, that killed five, including former Sen. Ted Stevens.

January 6, 2011 - 11:26am

China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing has confirmed its intention to buy more long- and medium-range business aircraft, according to London-based attorney David Tang, who acts as its aviation consultant. The Beijing-based group had placed orders for 17 business jets as of the end of last year, and has already taken delivery of at least one–a Gulfstream G450–and is due to receive a further unspecified number of aircraft from the manufacturer.

January 6, 2011 - 11:25am

The Firefly, Sikorsky’s first foray into electric-powered helicopters, is getting closer to its maiden flight, although the company has not publicly released a precise schedule. The modified S-300C, in which the piston engine has been replaced with an electric motor, was exhibited at EAA AirVenture last July, with hopes to fly by the end of last year.

January 6, 2011 - 11:20am

Fulfilling a campaign promise, newly installed Florida governor Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Management Services yesterday to sell the state’s two business airplanes–a 2000 Beechcraft King Air 350 and a 2003 Cessna


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