Hawker Pacific Shanghai has become the first dedicated business aviation center to receive Part 145 maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). Located at Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport, the facility is large enough to accommodate bizliners.
AINalerts » October 9, 2011
Smyrna Air Center has begun flight testing its Power90 Conversion for the King Air 90 with the 800-shp GE H80 engines. The H80s are expected to deliver enhanced performance and are capable of full power up to 107 degrees F at sea level. Performance will be measured up to the aircraft’s FL300 ceiling.
Four “living walls” designed by Edese Doret will be installed in a privately owned VIP Boeing 787-9. Each wall will be completely covered with ferns–all evergreen variants that do not shed their leaves, do not attract insects and are non-allergenic.
Cessna Aircraft today announced at the NBAA Convention that it will offer Aircell Gogo Biz high-speed airborne Internet as a factory option for the Citation CJ4, starting in the first quarter of next year. Cessna plans to certify the system on the light jet by January.
Aviation Partners is readying its new blended split-tip Scimitar winglet for flight test, the company said today at the NBAA Convention. The new device adds a blended ventral fin and Scimitar tips to the existing blended winglet design and could increase performance by 40 percent over the original blended winglet design.
Piaggio Aero general manager Eligio Trombetta said at the NBAA Convention today that his company is working on several new product upgrades for the P.180 Avanti II twin turboprop.
Bombardier Aerospace announced today at the NBAA Convention that it completed critical design of its all-composite Learjet 85, allowing production of the light jet to begin. Development and production teams in Wichita; Montreal; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Querétaro, Mexico, are now “actively engaged” in the manufacturing validation phase, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer said.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (HBC) today announced at the NBAA Convention that, together with Rockwell Collins, it has launched an aftermarket program to upgrade Pro Line Fusion displays to all fielded Pro Line 21-equipped Hawker and Beechcraft aircraft. Importantly, this marks the first after-market program of the Fusion avionics system.
SuperJet International, manufacturer of the new Sukhoi Superjet 100 regional airliner, announced today at the NBAA Convention that Comlux The Aviation Group will be the launch customer for an executive variant of the aircraft.
After four years of decline, business aviation is poised for moderate recovery beginning in 2012, according to Honeywell Aerospace’s annual Business Aviation Outlook, released yesterday.