AINalerts » June 28, 2012

June 28, 2012 - 2:45pm
Chattanooga's Metropolitan Airport

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has upped the ante in the dispute over an airport-sponsored FBO at Chattanooga’s Lovell Field Airport. In a letter sent to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, NATA president and CEO James Coyne expresses continuing concerns over the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority’s (CMAA) alleged use of more than $10 million in government grants to establish its own FBO to compete with the existing Tac Air facility, to which the CMAA also serves as the landlord.

June 28, 2012 - 2:45pm

In a hearing yesterday that lasted barely 10 minutes in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Hawker Beechcraft made an obligatory filing in compliance with Chapter 11 reporting requirements. As part of the report, HBC noted a $90 million loss for the month of May that included $33 million in operating losses.

June 28, 2012 - 2:40pm

The FAA is making “significant changes,” effective August 15, that will affect pilots flying instrument departures and arrivals, according to NBAA. Pilots unfamiliar with the new “climb via” changes could be faced with separation losses, pilot deviations and potentially tense moments in the cockpit, NBAA warns.

June 28, 2012 - 2:35pm

Shannon Airport is on track to create an aviation center of excellence–to include a broadened business aviation role–at the Irish field, speakers said yesterday at the second annual Irish Business Aviation Convention. The two-day event concludes today.

June 28, 2012 - 2:30pm

Eurocopter has issued a statement that essentially clears operator Bond Offshore Helicopters in the ditching of an EC225 medium twin in the North Sea last month. “At this stage of the investigation, neither procedure failure nor human error on the operator’s side have been identified as a potential contributor to the cause of the incident,” the manufacturer said.

June 28, 2012 - 2:25pm

After nearly two months of record forest fires from Michigan to California, the U.S. Forest Service added four more leased heavy helicopters to its firefighting fleet this week. The additions include two Sikorsky S-61s from Siller Helicopters, an Erickson S-64 Air-Crane and an S-70 from Firehawk Helicopters.

June 28, 2012 - 2:20pm

The FAA is extending the comment period until August 17 for its proposed policy regarding the registration of aircraft to U.S. citizen trustees in situations involving non-U.S. citizen trustors and beneficiaries.

June 28, 2012 - 2:15pm

An agreement signed this month between China and Embraer to build business jets at the Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry facilities is limited to the Brazilian OEM’s Legacy 650.

June 28, 2012 - 2:10pm

Czech FBO ABS Jets reported 28-percent year-over-year growth in executive aircraft handling operations at Prague Ruzyne Airport during the first quarter. According to ground operations director Jan Kralik, the marked increase in business is vindication of the private company’s substantial investment in a new hangar and handling equipment last year.

June 28, 2012 - 2:05pm

Embraer’s Phenom 300 received Transport Canada type certification earlier this week. The Phenom 300, which received its initial certification by U.S. and Brazilian aviation authorities in late 2009, is now approved in more than 40 countries.


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