Predictions for the number of civil helicopter deliveries over the next decade differ somewhat, according to forecasts released at Heli-Expo in Dallas in late February by engine manufacturers Honeywell and Rolls-Royce. According to Rolls-Royce, 5,191 civil turbine rotorcraft will be delivered during the 10-year period between 2006 and 2015, equating to an annual average of about 520 machines.
Aviation International News » April 2006
Houston-based flight services group Universal Weather and Aviation selected SkyCare International as its preferred handler for New Zealand and the Southwestern Pacific. SkyCare provides FBO services throughout New Zealand, using agents at most airports and with its own dedicated facilities in Auckland and Wellington.
Swiss-based Jet Aviation Group completed its acquisition of St. Louis business jet maintenance and modification company Midcoast Aviation from Sabreliner. Midcoast will retain its name, though with the addition of “a Jet Aviation Company,” and will continue to operate under the leadership of Kurt Sutterer.
Many industry veterans don’t disappear after retirement, but reappear as consultants, advisors or board members of companies that could benefit from their knowledge and experience. Such is the case with aircraft manufacturer veteran Max Bleck. Sino Swearingen last month announced that Bleck joined the board and that former president and board member Carl Chen “had left the company to pursue other interests.”
Former Sino Swearingen president and CEO Carl Chen and former senior v-p of sales and marketing Gene Comfort are, in separate lawsuits, suing the company for wrongful termination and other alleged offenses.
Applied Biosystems, a Warrington, UK, subsidiary of Applera of Norwalk, Conn., is marketing an avian influenza test kit in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The company claims the kit can detect the presence of the bird flu in a “matter of hours, not days.”
Falcon 900EX N973M sustained minor damage during a landing overrun at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on March 3. According to the NTSB, due to the wind (290 degrees at 10 knots), the pilots added 10 knots to their landing approach speed of 120 knots. Just before touchdown on Runway 24, the control tower reported the wind from 290 degrees at 15 knots, gusting to 20 knots.
Raytheon Aircraft donated $50,000 to the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), bringing the manufacturer’s total CAN donations to $100,000. CAN is a White Plains, N.Y.-based organization that arranges for cancer patients to fly to treatment centers in otherwise empty seats in business aircraft on routine flights.
The FAA extended through October 28 a flight-reduction program at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, including slot reservations for general aviation operations. The current limitations were scheduled to end April 1. Through several six-month extensions, the program has been in effect continuously since November 2004, and the FAA has concluded an evaluation of comments on a proposal that would extend the program through April 2008.
NTSB preliminary statistics for last year show an increase in aviation accidents for airline and general aviation operations and a decline for on-demand air taxis. The NTSB said there were 1,669 accidents last year involving GA aircraft compared with 1,617 in 2004. The 562 fatalities involved in GA accidents were four more than during the previous year. The NTSB also reported higher GA rates (accidents per 100,000 flight hours).