Embraer delivered two E170 regional jets to Bahrain’s Gulf Air during a ceremony at the manufacturer’s headquarters in São Jose dos Campos, Brazil, last month. The OEM handed over the aircraft in a two-class, 67-seat cabin configuration, as prescribed in a three-year lease agreement it signed with Gulf Air just after January’s Bahrain International Airshow. The deal includes a provision to extend the leases by another five years.
Aviation International News » April 2010
Eurocopter’s research and development teams are working on several programs
to enhance cabin comfort by creating a smoother–and quieter–ride.
Among the solutions on the horizon is a five-blade main rotor for the EC155
and EC225, and a piezo-active rotor designated Blue Pulse.
The FAA has granted Dassault Falcon the authority to act as organization designation authorization (ODA) for its Little Rock Completion Center and Dassault Aircraft Services-Little Rock facility. The ODA gives Dassault the authority to approve supplemental type certificates (STCs) on behalf of the FAA and replaces the older designated alteration station method of approval.
International Communications Group (ICG) has integrated its NxtLink datalink-capable Iridium communications systems (the ICS-200, 220A and 400) with Dassault Falcon’s EASy integrated avionics system on the French OEM’s Falcon 7X.
Servizi Elicotteristici Italiani (SEI) has received EASA certification for its lightweight cabin-noise and vibration-reduction system called Silens. The system was approved on an AgustaWestland AW139 and FAA certification is expected early this year.
Moline, Ill.-based Elliott Aviation has signed a service center agreement with
Jet Support Services (JSSI) to provide scheduled and unscheduled maintenance services, paint and interior refurbishment services, and to supply spare parts to JSSI clients enrolled in the company’s hourly cost maintenance program.
For the first time since 1988, a new-manufacture production Twin Otter took to the Canadian skies as Viking Air flight tested the first conforming series-400 aircraft at its final assembly facility in Calgary in February. The Victoria, B.C.-based manufacturer acquired the type certificates for the former de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk through DHC-7 Dash 7 from Bombardier in 2006.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) and FlightSafety International have received approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC) to conduct theoretical and practical, hands-on technical training to support the Hawker 4000 and Beechcraft King Air C90.
Under the terms of an agreement signed by Starlink Aviation and Amax International Aircraft Leasing, Starlink will complete a major maintenance project on a Bombardier CRJ200. The project is anticipated to create eight to 10 new positions at the company’s Montreal location.
Spirits were high and attendance reached a healthy 15,243 at Heli-Expo’10, held February 21 to 23 in Houston. The number of exhibitors, 596, was higher than last year, and this year’s attendance was the third highest in Heli-Expo history, underscoring the helicopter industry’s assertion that the diversity of the markets it serves has moderated the effects of the recession.