AINalerts » June 12, 2014

June 12, 2014 - 3:12pm

Business aircraft flying trended positive last month in every operating category and all jet segments, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. Overall, activity climbed by 1.9 percent year-over-year in May.

For the first time this year, Part 91 operators led the way, with flying up by 2.3 percent in this operating segment versus a year ago. Part 135 activity wasn’t far behind, rising 1.9 percent from May last year, while the fractionals eked out a 0.2-percent gain.

June 12, 2014 - 3:05pm

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that the Challenger 350 received Transport Canada approval, with FAA certification expected “shortly.” An upgrade of the Challenger 300, the 350 has a new wing with canted winglets, a higher mtow of 40,600 pounds and greater fuel capacity for an NBAA IFR range of 3,200 nm versus its predecessor’s 3,065 nm.

June 12, 2014 - 3:00pm

FreeFlight Systems CEO Tim Taylor debunked the “myth” that aircraft operators delaying installation of ADS-B avionics would be able to purchase lower-cost units with more features later on. Testifying yesterday afternoon on behalf of GAMA at a U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee hearing about NextGen 2020 equipment mandates for general aviation, Taylor noted that the FAA set the ADS-B standards way in advance and that the functionality of an ADS-B unit bought today will be the same as that of an ADS-B unit bought on Jan.

June 12, 2014 - 2:57pm

The seventh Citation Special Olympics Airlift will get under way on Saturday, flying some 700 athletes from across the U.S. to compete in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey. The airlift is sponsored and managed by Textron Aviation, and–thanks to its recent acquisition of Beechcraft–for the first time will include Beechcraft owners alongside Cessna Citation operators.

June 12, 2014 - 2:50pm

FltPlan’s free Go mobile device app is now available for Android devices. The app is designed to work with a user’s existing free FltPlan account, but the app delivers most of the website’s functionality and additional features such as geo-referenced approach and taxi charts and a moving map.

June 12, 2014 - 2:40pm

The pilot of a Papillon Airways air-tour Airbus AS350B3 was killed May 18 at a helistop at the bottom of the Grand Canyon after exiting the helicopter for a fluid check while leaving the engine running and the blades turning, according to an NTSB preliminary report issued on Tuesday. Witnesses said the empty helicopter then became airborne, hit the ground and rolled over. Its rotor blades struck and killed the pilot.

June 12, 2014 - 2:35pm

Jet Aviation signed an agreement today with Luxaviation Group, a major European business aviation operator, to provide exclusive handling services through its network of FBOs in Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA). Under the FBO service agreement, Jet Aviation will provide dedicated handling services to Luxaviation’s managed fleet of almost 100 aircraft at its FBOs in Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Singapore.

June 12, 2014 - 2:30pm

Boeing Business Jets announced an order on Tuesday for a BBJ 777-300ER to an undisclosed customer. This is the second widebody bizliner order for the company this year, it said. Since Boeing Business Jets introduced the 747-8 and 787 in 2006, widebody airplanes have accounted for nearly 40 percent of the total net orders at the division. The BBJ 777 will be delivered green to the customer’s completion center of choice for outfitting.

June 12, 2014 - 2:25pm

The San Diego Superior Court in California recently ruled that three airplane hangars purchased and occupied on leased space at San Diego Brown Field are “removable trade fixtures.” As such, the court found that the hangars are the sole property of the tenant, Finch Aerospace, which operates the California Flight Museum. Finch subleased the space for the hangars from FBO Lancair, which argued that its master lease with the city gave it control over its tenants’ hangars. Therefore, it prevented Finch from selling or moving the hangars, a situation that led to the lawsuit.

June 12, 2014 - 2:20pm

Safran subsidiary Microturbo’s new e-APU60 auxiliary power unit received FAA certification, the company announced today. It received EASA approval in May last year. The APU, which has already been selected for the AgustaWestland AW189, is designed to “meet the demands of new-generation more-electric aircraft,” according to Microturbo.

 

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