Hawker Beechcraft filed a restructuring plan on Saturday that outlines how it intends to satisfy creditors as part of its plan to exit bankruptcy by year-end. The filing also gave more details about the number of entities that bid to buy parts or the whole company.
AINalerts » July 3, 2012
The Senate unanimously passed the Pilot’s Bill of Rights (S.3268) on Friday, passing it to the House for action in that body. The bipartisan measure requires the FAA to inform pilots why they are being subject to an enforcement action and give them access to investigative reports, ATC recordings and any relevant information for 30 days before the enforcement action can move forward.
Demand for charter flights this month is expected to be up from last year but softer than last month, with the July 1 forward-looking demand index generated by online charter portal Avinode standing at 186.80. This was almost 13 points down from June 1, but still 33 points ahead of where it was 12 months earlier.
Bell Helicopter, which will be displaying the mockup of its 525 Relentless super-medium twin next week at the Farnborough International Airshow, announced key program suppliers for the new helicopter yesterday. They include GKN Aerospace and Triumph Group for airframe structure machining and composites; Kuka for major structural tooling; Goodrich for ice protection; Israel Aerospace Industries for passenger seating; and Mecaer for wheeled landing gear.
To celebrate its 40 years of publication service, AIN was invited to Savannah on Thursday for a special event hosted by the senior management of Gulfstream Aerospace.
The final version of the federal highway bill that was passed on Friday narrows the focus of an amendment proposed by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and strongly supported by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to expand the powers of the director of the National Park Service (NPS) to restrict air-tour flights nationwide.
Business aviation veteran Dan Burkhart, who joined NBAA in 1998 to create the association’s regional program, will retire from his post as director of regional representatives, effective this Friday.
Bombardier Aerospace scored another fleet order for its Global series on Friday, announcing a firm order for eight of the ultra-long-range business jets from an undisclosed customer. The order consists of three Global 6000s and five Global 8000s, a deal valued at approximately $507 million based on 2012 list prices. Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi said, “Sales momentum for the Global product line is strong, and we are experiencing tremendous success with the new Global 7000 and Global 8000 jets.”
GE Aviation’s H80 turboprop engine received type certification from the Brazilian Civil Aviation agency (ANAC) and the Argentine aviation authority (Administración Nacional de Aviación Civil) last week. These certifications follow similar approvals from EASA and the FAA. The first aircraft to enter service with the 800-shp H80 will be the Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft. It has also been selected to power the Aircraft Industries L410 regional turboprop.
PPG Industries’ aerospace transparencies group has begun full-scale commercial production of Opticor transparency material at its Sylmar, Calif. facility. Opticor is being used in the cabin windows of the soon-to-be-certified Gulfstream G650. The company transferred pilot operations from the PPG Glass Business and Discovery Center near Pittsburgh to expand production of the high-performance plastic for lightweight aircraft windows. Additionally, PPG will be displaying a G650 cabin window next week at the Farnborough International Airshow.
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