Embraer broke ground for a 67,000-sq-ft engineering and technology center in Melbourne, Fla., yesterday, marking further expansion of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer’s footprint at this U.S. location. The new building, which is expected to open in mid-2014 and house 200 employees by 2017, will join Embraer’s Phenom assembly facility and executive jet customer service center at the Florida campus.
AINalerts » November 29, 2012
President Obama closed the legislative loop on U.S. refusal to comply with the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) on Tuesday, when he signed S.1956, a bipartisan measure that orders the Secretary of Transportation to prohibit U.S. aircraft operators from participating in the carbon tax plan.
For the first time in more than four years, new aircraft have emerged from the former Eclipse Aviation final-assembly facility in Albuquerque, N.M. Two unfinished airframes left on the assembly line when that company declared bankruptcy in November 2008 were recently completed by the resurrected company, Eclipse Aerospace, and outfitted as factory-new Total Eclipse twinjets.
A major hurdle facing Hawker Beechcraft in its effort to restructure and emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy is the sale of the Wichita OEM’s inventory of Hawker 4000s. The hearing date for the company’s request for court approval of the sale is now set for December 11, following a decision last week by judge Stuart Bernstein to deny the company’s request for an expedited hearing and sale.
Operations of the latest version of Eurocopter’s ubiquitous light single, the AS350B3e Ecureuil/AStar, have been affected by an emergency service bulletin and accompanying emergency airworthiness directive (AD).
Under the restrictions, the helicopter’s true airspeed is limited to 100 knots to reduce dynamic loads on the tail rotor. In addition, repetitive inspections must be conducted, with maximum intervals of three flight hours, on the laminated half-bearings.
Bombardier Aerospace delivered NetJets’ first “signature series” Global 6000 at a special ceremony today in Montreal at Bombardier’s Global Completion Centre. “Today NetJets has unquestionably become part of the Bombardier Business Aircraft family,” said Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi.
The Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) launched an escrow facility to provide a secure deposit for funds being paid in advance by customers for air charters worldwide. “Clients may be asked to pay a substantial deposit to secure a charter flight but there is little protection if one of the other parties–the broker, the agent or the aircraft operator–goes out of business before the flight takes place,” said BACA chairman Dick Gilbert. “The escrow account allows BACA brokers to offer their clients safeguarded advance payments for charter flights or programs.”
The aviation industry is urging quick confirmation of Michael Huerta as FAA Administrator by the full U.S. Senate. Earlier this week, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) rescinded a hold on the nomination of Huerta that he placed last summer. DeMint contended that Republicans shouldn’t appoint anyone as FAA Administrator until the Presidential election was decided. Huerta has served as acting FAA Administrator since Randy Babbitt resigned last December.
UK-based aircraft charter and management company Hangar8 has acquired Farnborough-based aircraft management company International JetClub (IJC) for about $1.8 million in cash. The acquisition takes the company’s number of aircraft under management from 40 to 50, of which four are helicopters and 22 are large-cabin, long-range jets. Hangar8 also announced its year-end results yesterday, showing a 32-percent increase in gross profits to $7.5 million.
Aerobridge, an organization founded in late 2005 to coordinate disaster-relief efforts by general aviation operators, is challenging every member of the aviation community to contribute $10 “so that when the next disaster hits, we can share the fuel expense.” During Aerobridge’s recent operations in response to Hurricane Sandy, it coordinated more than 95 aircraft flights to New Jersey and New York that brought more than 51,000 pounds of needed supplies to victims. It also trucked in more than 72,000 pounds of supplies.