Aviation International News » April 2010

March 31, 2010 - 6:45am

Avfuel announced that Colorado Springs FBO Colorado jetCenter has joined its dealer network. The jetCenter FBO is a member of the Rocky Mountain jetCenter FBO network and features 22 acres of airport holdings, 400,000 sq ft of ramp space and 50,000 sq ft of climate-controlled hangar space. Amenities include on-site U.S.

March 31, 2010 - 6:45am

Two congressmen have sent a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee asking the tax-writing body to extend the bonus depreciation incentive for noncommercial aircraft purchases.

Under bonus depreciation, companies and individuals were allowed to claim an additional depreciation of up to 50 percent during the first year after purchase on capital equipment used primarily for business and placed in service by the end of last year.

March 31, 2010 - 6:40am

Lufthansa pilots continued negotiations with airline management at press time over what they claim amount to scope-clause violations by the German flag carrier. The pilots, organized in a trade union called Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), started a four-day strike on February 22 for higher pay, better work time arrangements and–above all–job security.

March 31, 2010 - 6:39am

The sole ATR 42-600 prototype flew for the first time on March 4 from Toulouse, France, marking the start of an abbreviated flight-test campaign expected to last just 75 hours. Powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M engines, the aircraft took off at 3 p.m. local time and flew for two hours.

March 31, 2010 - 6:37am

Bombardier hopes it has seen the last of the software “glitches” that began plaguing the CRJ1000 control-by-wire rudder system early last summer, resulting in the grounding of the pair of prototypes used for flight testing and a certification delay of at least a year.

March 31, 2010 - 6:36am

There are no petri dishes where we could grow a perfect strain of safety culture and inject it into those aviation organizations that clearly seem to need it. Come to think of it, all airlines and repair stations could use a booster shot of safety culture to keep their organizations fighting the constant pressures to move aircraft and save money, often by cutting corners.

March 31, 2010 - 6:32am

While a year ago it seemed as if buyers were beginning to emerge from harsh winter hibernation, in fact inventory was still a few months away from reaching its all-time peak. At the same juncture this year, we find inventory a couple of hundred aircraft below its 12-month moving average, yet still a couple of hundred above the pre-Lehman collapse figure.

March 31, 2010 - 6:27am

Start-up UK regional Varsity Express has closed after Linksair, the wet-lease operator that flew Varsity’s single daily round-trip service between Oxford and the Scottish capital Edinburgh, withdrew its Jetstream 31 after five days, citing unpaid bills.

March 31, 2010 - 6:25am

BA CityFlyer began flying its first Embraer E190 out of London City Airport last month, on a regular route to Edinburgh, Scotland. The E190 recently gained approval to fly the steep approach into the London Stolport, where Switzerland’s Baboo flew the type’s inaugural LCY service on February 10 from Geneva.