The 2012 Farnborough International Airshow is set to open on July 9, with almost 1,500 exhibitors from some 70 countries preparing to receive up to 120,000 business visitors (and potentially more than twice as many visitors again on the event’s public days). Overall, one quarter of 2012 exhibitors have increased the amount of space they’ve booked compared with their presence two years ago. Some 28 percent of 2012 exhibitors are exhibiting for the first time at Farnborough.
AINalerts » July 5, 2012
France’s aviation accident investigation bureau (BEA) released its final report on the June 1, 2009 Air France Flight 447 Airbus A330 accident today.
Accidents involving U.S.-registered jets operating outside the U.S. drove an increase in the total number of mishaps in the first half of this year, compared with the same period last year.
Avidyne introduced a new integrated FMS/GPS/navcom today–the touchscreen IFD440, a slide-in, plug-and-play replacement for Garmin GNS 430 GPS/navcoms. The $14,995 IFD440 has a 5.4-inch-diagonal screen and will be available at the end of next year.
The unveiling of the IFD440 follows by a year the launch of the larger IFD540, a slide-in replacement for the Garmin GNS 530 that Avidyne will begin delivering in the first half of next year.
China’s CAAC certified the Avicopter AC311 light-single helicopter last Thursday. In announcing the approval, the Chinese helicopter manufacturer also released more performance numbers, including a 131-knot max cruise speed, four-hour maximum endurance and 335-nm maximum range.
The case of an Apple iPhone spontaneously combusting while an Australian Regional Express Saab 340B was taxiing to the gate at Sydney was due to an improper repair, according to a report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). The news spread rapidly around the world after the incident on Nov.
Global aviation support and aftermarket services provider BBA Aviation signed a seven-year lease extension that also expands its downtown Orlando, Fla. corporate headquarters offices to accommodate expected growth. Signature Flight Support and Aircraft Service Group International (ASIG), along with parent company BBA Aviation, collectively have more than 1,000 employees in Florida, with almost 200 based in downtown Orlando.
Dallas-based Associated Air Center opened its new VIP custom interiors design center late last week. The design center serves as the launching point for Associated Air Center customers to explore and design their custom aircraft interiors on site in Dallas. At the center, customers will work closely with the company’s interior designers to ensure that their selections reflect their taste, personality and aircraft mission.
Air traffic management solutions company NATS is collaborating with UAE-based Royal Jet to help improve the environmental performance of the air charter firm’s flights in UK airspace. The partnership will see the two parties work together to improve Royal Jet’s flight efficiency, as well as reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions. NATS will provide Royal Jet with actual data to monitor its flight profiles. The two companies will also hold workshops to enhance flight crew awareness and flight efficiency.
Forty of the 50 U.S. governors have signed proclamations recognizing the value of aviation to the national and their local, state economy, according to the Alliance for Aviation Across America. The majority of those proclamations–29–have specifically recognized the general aviation industry, which supports more than 1.2 million jobs and has a $150 billion economic impact in the U.S.