Cessna is in the early stages of developing a new single-engine turboprop, but the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-powered airplane that spotters have seen flying around Wichita is not the prototype for the new airplane, according to Cessna chairman, president and CEO Jack Pelton. That airplane, he said, is a testbed for technologies such as de-icing and environmental control systems.
AINalerts » November 18, 2010
Van Nuys-based charter/management provider TWC Aviation has completed its acquisition of ACM Aviation, which is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Newly named ACM Aviation Services is now a wholly owned subsidiary of TWC Aviation, according to CEO Andrew Richmond, who is now also CEO of ACM. The two companies’ Part 135 certificates–both with 10-or-more seat and international operations approval–will eventually be combined.
Heliportugal and Groupe SAF, two Portuguese and French operators that quietly merged in 2008, are announcing a common name and expansion plans. Now called United Helicopter Services (UHS), the company operates 63 aircraft, including 59 helicopters, and has a 300-strong workforce, of which 100 are pilots. Annual revenues are said to be close to €70 million ($98 million) and flight hours are about 30,000 annually.
The number of business jets in China is set to soar from the current 100 or so to between 700 and 900 by 2019, according to manufacturer projections made at this week’s China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai. Bombardier did its bit to help make this a reality when it announced a $121 million deal for five Challenger 300s from Donghai Jet, which is based in southern China.