AINalerts » June 17, 2010

June 17, 2010 - 1:25pm

The Central Europe Private Aviation (Cepa) group has formed an affiliated organization called Southeast Europe Private Aviation (Sopa). This new group will focus initially on representing the interests of the business aviation industry in Cyprus, Greece, Turkey and Lebanon. According to Cepa chairman Dagmar Grossmann, these countries are positioned in the heart of expected, and significant, business aviation growth in the region.

June 17, 2010 - 1:23pm

First deliveries of the Sikorsky S-76D medium twin–an upgraded derivative of the S-76C++–are now pegged for 2012 following FAA certification, expected in the fourth quarter of next year. This revised schedule means the program has been delayed by at least six months. The U.S. helicopter manufacturer is giving little explanation, citing only “an unexpected event” that prompted suspension of flight tests in April.

June 17, 2010 - 1:21pm

According to Airbus Corporate Jets, as business jet use becomes more widespread in mainland China–which is growing increasingly hospitable to general aviation operations in the country–the aircraft will make an important contribution to further expanding its economy.

June 17, 2010 - 1:17pm

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has a message to aircraft operators that believe they should be exempt from implementing a safety management system (SMS). “I’m confident that SMS will really make a difference [in reducing aviation accidents]. I know there are those who complain that they’re too small for SMS. Or that it’s too costly. Or that they don’t have time,” he said. “No one and no company is too small for SMS.

June 17, 2010 - 1:13pm

The FAA is denying an accusation lodged in an Associated Press story that the agency is not allowing reporters to fly in aircraft over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.


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