Zodiac Aerospace finalized the acquisition of Denton, Texas-based BBJ completions center and bizliner cabin interior component manufacturer Greenpoint Technologies. Greenpoint employs 450 people and has annual revenues of approximately $150 million. Zodiac said the acquisition will further enhance its competencies in completing cabin interiors for large private jets, and that it “will support Greenpoint’s development and bring its skills in cabin certification and its know-how in the design and manufacturing of interiors components.”
AINalerts » June 10, 2014
Aircraft window shade company Vision Systems North America opened its new facility in Melbourne, Fla., last week and is ramping up production there for its launch customer, Honda Aircraft. Vision Systems will produce Nuance electronically dimmable windows for the HA-420 HondaJet. With the push of a button, Nuance dims instantly from clear to dark, reducing light, glare and heat entering the aircraft. In the near future, the company’s Melbourne facility will also manufacture motorized shades for Gulfstream’s and Dassault’s new aircraft programs, Vision Systems said.
The new Citation Sovereign+ received EASA certification, Cessna announced today. The upgraded jet has enhanced climb performance and range, as well as Garmin G5000 avionics. Cessna recently completed a demonstration tour of the Sovereign+ in Europe, where it made its debut last month at EBACE 2014 in Switzerland. “We have a number of European customers ready to take delivery of their aircraft, and with EASA certification we can now get the Sovereign+ into the marketplace,” said Textron Aviation vice president for jets Chris Hearne.
Bell Helicopter executives told AIN that the company will be pursuing initial type certification of its new 505 Jet Ranger X light single from Transport Canada and will conduct prototype assembly and flight-testing of the aircraft from its plant in Mirabel, Quebec. First flight is expected later this year.
Menominee, Mich.-based helicopter maker Enstrom doubled its workforce over the last year and recently completed a major plant expansion and remodel as it ramps up export sales of its 480B light turbine single and begins assembly and prepares for the first flight of its new TH180 piston trainer. The company employs more than 200 people, 30 of them engineers.
Wichita-based EagleMed enlisted Baldwin Safety & Compliance as an additional resource for the critical care aeromedical transport company’s safety management system (SMS) needs. EagleMed president Larry Bugg said Baldwin’s added services will bolster EagleMed’s “ongoing efforts” to enhance its safety management system. “Baldwin’s comprehensive set of safety management tools will be an added benefit to the company and our patients as we progress toward level three of the FAA’s SMS program,” Bugg said.
On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the transportation appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2015, which starts October 1, to move toward a floor vote for the entire chamber. If passed as written, the bill would provide $15.86 billion to the FAA in FY2015, $580 million more than the Obama Administration’s request.
At about 4 p.m. PDT today, Santa Monicans for Open and Honest Development Decisions will deliver more than 15,000 signatures to the Santa Monica city clerk for a charter amendment requiring voter approval for any plans to redevelop land occupied by the city’s airport.
NetJets’ Chinese joint venture, NetJets Business Aviation Ltd, obtained its operating permit from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) yesterday. This moves NetJets China closer to the final step in its certification–approval of its operating certificate, which would allow it to begin providing private jet services for customers in China.
Nevada’s unmanned aircraft systems test site is ready to conduct “vital research” into integrating unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the nation’s civil airspace system, the FAA announced yesterday. The FAA granted Nevada a two-year Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) to use an Insitu ScanEagle UAS at Desert Rock Airport in Mercury. With the approval, Nevada is the third of six UAS test sites to become operational.
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