The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Summit kicked off today at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. The summit’s opening keynote session summarized results of a study conducted by Apco Insight not on why 75 to 80 percent of new student pilots quit flying without earning a pilot certificate but on how to help motivate students by aligning the training experience with their expectations.
AINalerts » November 11, 2010
Comlux USA, a maintenance, overhaul, completion and refurbishment center in Indianapolis, was back at work on Monday following a fire a day earlier that damaged the roof and one corner of its maintenance hangar at Indianapolis International Airport. The extent of fire damage to the facility and to four business jets in Hangar 5 is still being assessed, Comlux Aviation Services division CEO David Edinger told AIN.
Bristow Helicopters inked a multimillion-dollar, five-year contract with a consortium of oil companies in the North Sea. The renewed deal was signed with the Integrated Aviation Consortium (IAC), which includes BP, CNR International, Fairfield Energy, Petrofac, Shell and TAQA. Bristow will thus provide helicopter services from Scatsta Airport in the Shetland Islands to the East and West Shetland Basins.
A six-year-old Australian law that requires international operators of jet aircraft exceeding 12,500 pounds mtow to have a Transport Security Program (TSP) has received new attention from NBAA in recent days. That nation’s Aviation Transport Security Act stipulates a penalty of more than Aus $20,000 if an operator, which includes charter and some privately flown jets, flies in “air service” without a TSP.
China-based Avicopter announced on Tuesday the first flight of its first indigenously developed light single-engine helicopter, the AC311, in Tianjin. The helicopter, the design of which has likely inherited some lines from the light Eurocopter models that parent company Avic has long produced, has an mtow of 4,850 pounds and can carry six people.
Business aircraft flight activity returned to positive territory last month from a year ago, but just barely at 0.6 percent, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. Fractional flying led with a 1.8-percent increase year-over-year, while Part 91 corporate and Part 135 charter activity rose just 0.5 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively.