Aviation International News » April 2011
Jim Irwin has launched a new company that is targeting the light helicopter autopilot market. Irwin is a veteran of helicopter and fixed-wing autopilot development and he sees an opportunity that hasn’t been fully tapped.
Convinced that he can round up enough U.S. investors to keep Cirrus Aircraft on American soil, consultant Brian Foley has began organizing a counter-offer in a bid to trump ChinaÕs plan to buy the Duluth, Minn.-based light aircraft builder from Bahraini majority owner Arcapita and the several hundred individual minority shareholders who currently own the company.
A new University of Illinois study found that only 1.4 percent of the 27,697 medevac flights it studied from 2009 were “medically inappropriate.” All of the flights were performed by Air Evac Lifeteam, a helicopter EMS company operating in 14 states.
An Air Canada affiliate plans to launch operations from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on May 1, posing the first competition from the controversial downtown island airfield for incumbent regional carrier Porter Airlines since it launched operations in 2006.
Hawker Beechcraft announced on February 24 the opening of a new $20 million facility in Chihuahua City, Mexico, that will be employed primarily in sheet metal fabrication.
In an open letter to Canada’s minister of transport, the lawyer representing the families of the passengers killed in, and the sole survivor of, the March 2009 crash of Cougar Helicopters Flight 491 has challenged the certification Transport Canada granted to the Sikorsky S-92A in 2005. The accident helicopter, which ditched 30 nm east of St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Labrador, was carrying 18 people.
This year’s NBAA Convention–to be held October 10 to 12 in Las Vegas–will have not one but two static display areas, marking a first in the 64-year history of the event. The new outdoor static display area will be “just a few steps away from the convention center,” said NBAA vice president of exhibits Linda Peters.
Business Jet Center at Oakland International Airport has reported that last year was its best on record for fuel sales volume. The company noted a better than 28-percent increase in the number of gallons sold over 2009. The company also noted that this past January was the best month for fuel sales volume in the location’s six-year history, up nearly 20 percent over January 2010.
Pats Aircraft Systems has announced the signing of a major refurbishment contract for the new owner of a Boeing Business Jet based in the Asia-Pacific region. Work is already under way at the independent completion and refurbishment center.