Embraer delivered 29 executive jets in the second quarter, compared with 20 in the same period a year ago, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer said in its second-quarter financial results, released on Friday. The company’s firm-order backlog, including commercial aircraft, jumped from $13.3 billion at the end of the first quarter to $17.1 billion at the end of the second quarter.
AINalerts » July 30, 2013
Milestone Aviation Group, the helicopter leasing firm headed by NetJets founder Richard Santulli, closed a new $300 million credit facility yesterday. The company will use these proceeds to acquire and lease helicopters–including Sikorsky S-92s, Eurocopter EC225s and AgustaWestland AW189s and AW139s–valued at $400 million to affiliates of Bristow Group. The credit facility is the largest ever for a helicopter lessor, the company said.
Gulfstream Aerospace’s enhanced vision system (EVS) II and head-up display (HUD) II for the G280 are now FAA certified, the company announced late last week. Combined, the systems–which are integrated with the G280’s Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion-based PlaneView280 avionics–allow pilots to see terrain, runways, taxiways and possible obstructions in low-visibility conditions.
Cirrus Aircraft’s Vision SF50 single-engine jet program has made “significant progress” toward certification, the Duluth, Minn.-based aircraft manufacturer said yesterday at EAA AirVenture. First delivery of an SF50 is still scheduled for late 2015, it added.
According to Cirrus, the next steps in the program involve building conforming aircraft for further certification testing (it has been flying a non-conforming prototype since July 2008) and preparing the Cirrus headquarters in Duluth and its manufacturing facility in Grand Forks, N.D., for production.
Jeppesen signed an agreement with Rockwell Collins to automatically and securely transfer electronic charts via Wi-Fi and cellular networks using Rockwell Collins’s Ascend Aircraft Information Manager (AIM). Operators will be able to use AIM in Pro Line Fusion and Pro Line 21-equipped aircraft to streamline access to Jeppesen flight data, provided through an “enhanced direct connection to the flight deck of the aircraft.” This data includes Jeppesen e-charts, flight management system navigation, performance and V-speed databases and checklist files.
On Thursday, four Texas-based creditors filed an involuntary Chapter 7 (liquidation) bankruptcy filing against Avantair in Florida’s Middle District (Tampa) U.S. Bankruptcy Court. A summons was sent to Avantair on Friday and the company has until August 16 to respond. If Avantair does not respond by then, the court may allow the bankruptcy case to proceed; if it does respond, a hearing will be set and the judge will then decide if the case has merit to proceed.
Quest Aircraft announced yesterday at EAA AirVenture that its Kodiak turboprop single received certification from the aviation authorities of China and India. With these approvals, the Kodiak is certified in 12 countries, with further certifications in process, the company said. Blue Eagle Aviation Investment of Beijing, which was announced as the Chinese dealer for the Kodiak at last year’s AirVenture, signed a purchase agreement late last year with Quest for 12 aircraft, as well as an unspecified number of options.
Beechcraft said it recorded a 75-percent increase in second-quarter aircraft deliveries over the same period a year ago. The company delivered 56 commercial and military aircraft, compared with 32 in last year’s second quarter. This year’s second-quarter total includes 12 King Air 350i/ERs, seven King Air 250s and five King Air C90GTxs. In the first half of this year, Beechcraft delivered 115 airplanes versus 69 in the same period last year, for an increase of 66 percent.
SimCom has completed the first initial training course for the Total Eclipse using its recently qualified level-D flight simulator equipped with Avio IFMS (integrated flight management system) avionics. The course includes six days of ground school, 14 hours of brief/debrief time and 18 hours of simulator training. All systems and phases of flight are covered during initial training. Customers develop a thorough understanding of the IFMS avionics system, says SimCom, allowing them to use it to its fullest potential.
Lightspeed Aviation unveiled its top-of-the-line headset, the Zulu PFX, yesterday at EAA AirVenture. The headset retails for $1,100 and offers enhanced dynamic active noise reduction technology over the company’s Zulu.2, in a slimmer and lighter package. It also features an enhanced version of the company’s FlightLink software, which allows streaming audio through a free iOS app. The company expects to begin Zulu PFX deliveries in September.
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