ACEA (Beijing) Aviation Investment, the Piaggio Avanti distributor in Mainland China, signed a contract yesterday at NBAA 2013 with SR Jet, a division of Beijing-based Sparkle Roll Investment Holdings, for the purchase of two extended-range Avanti IIs with options for eight more. The aircraft will incorporate an additional tank with a 400-pound capacity, increasing the maximum fuel on board to 3,226 pounds from 2,826 and extending the maximum range by 250 nm, to 1,720 nm with IFR reserves.
AINalerts » October 24, 2013
Less than half (49 percent) of owners and operators of business aircraft around the globe believe the business aviation industry is past its low point, according to the annual JetNet iQ market briefing presented this week at NBAA 2013. That’s a slight drop from the 52 percent who said the industry was beyond its bottom in last year’s survey, according to business aviation information firm JetNet. Regionally, 54 percent of respondents in North America believe the worst is over, while in Latin America and the rest of the world, only 35 percent expressed such confidence.
Patrick Ky, the new executive director at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), is willing to take into account peculiarities of general aviation, which includes business aviation and helicopters, in future regulation. Prompted to react to the industry’s unease at often being lumped with the airline world, Ky confirmed that EASA is carrying on with its efforts, with the FAA, toward less restrictive and more performance-based certification rules, he told AIN.
The business aviation community came together last night in support of the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), the industry charity that arranges for cancer patients to fly to treatment in empty seats on business aircraft. At this year’s annual NBAA-CAN Soirée, which was held during this week’s NBAA Convention in Las Vegas, the silent and live auctions raised nearly $440,000 for the organization, about $70,000 more than at last year’s event.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has released a further update on its investigation into the August 23 ditching of a Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma off the Shetlands islands. The latest document reveals that during the approach the pilot’s attention was drawn several times to a too-low-height warning.
Avcon Industries received STC approval for its 2015 Stage 3-noise compliant hushkits for 20-series Learjets, the company announced this week at NBAA 2013. The STC covers most of the 350 Learjet 20 series still in service, but does not include those with the unmodified straight wing and Dee Howard XR-wing; these will need a separate STC, which the company plans to obtain at a later date. Avcon expects the first customer aircraft installation to be complete next month.
Stevens Aviation introduced a premium maintenance program, called “Buddy and Wizard,” that includes the assignment of a dedicated technical sales representative (buddy) and technician (wizard) who meet with the customer and describe the scope of work required. They will then be in direct contact with the customer while the aircraft is in the facility, weekly or even daily depending on customer preference. Once the work is completed, the pair will sit down with the customer and discuss how the work was completed to ensure it was done to the customer’s satisfaction.
Honeywell added a new feature to its Ovation Select cabin management system that allows flight attendants or passengers to control entertainment and cabin comfort settings from a Samsung smartphone. The system can already be operated using an iPhone, iPad or other tablet devices. The control units allow users to scroll easily through moving-map display options or to change cabin lighting and temperature settings.
Helicopter operator Inaer, which is part of the Avincis group, has been awarded a five-year contract for emergency medical services in France’s Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region. Starting January 1, five Eurocopter EC135T2+s will be dedicated to Marseille, Avignon, Toulon, Nice and Gap hospitals. Avignon and Marseille bases will be subcontracted to Mont Blanc Hélicoptères, with the latter city’s helicopter being available around the clock. It is the first time a contract that includes several hospitals has been signed in France.
Hilton Software’s WingX Pro7 flight planning and navigation app now works with Dac International’s GDC64 aircraft data interface device. The GDC64, certified for use on Part 25 aircraft, can deliver to WingX Pro7 navigation, aircraft and air data information that is available on the aircraft’s Arinc 429 databus. The GDC64 has won EASA approval for installation in the Bombardier Learjet 60 and Dash 8.