Aviation International News » April 2012

April 6, 2012 - 3:05am

Jet Works Air Center and Odyssey Aerospace Components, both of Denton, Texas, are promoting quick-turn cabin refurbishments, relying on the extensive experience of both companies in the outfitting business.

“We have the combined talent for a quick interior refresh or a complete conversion, combined with a regular maintenance event, resulting in minimal down time,” said Jet Works president Trey Bryson.

One of the more recent successes was an interior refurbishment during which the aircraft was actually made available for a mission during the scheduled process.

April 6, 2012 - 2:40am

Crediting “unprecedented growth,” Aerospace Technologies Group unveiled a new 65,000-sq-ft corporate headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., on March 5.

The new headquarters is the workplace for 130 manufacturing, administrative, research and development personnel and functions as the site for the group’s various production lines.

ATG was founded in 1998 and designs and produces window shade systems for both business aircraft and airliners. Business aviation customers include OEMs Airbus, Boeing, Cessna, Dassault Falcon Jet and Gulfstream.

April 6, 2012 - 2:25am

Canadian aviation services center Flying Colours has been appointed an authorized reseller and installation facility for ViaSat, a Carlsbad, Calif.-based provider of satellite high-speed Internet equipment and services.

The agreement allows Flying Colours to promote and sell ViaSat’s VMT-1500 ship-set to its global client base. And Flying Colours has plenty of global aspirations.

April 6, 2012 - 2:10am

For decades, designers have created cup holders with the idea that, like military uniforms, one size fits all, with roughly the same results. One size fits almost nothing. Cups and glasses that are smaller tip over; those with a handle simply won’t fit. And with designers’ recent penchant for odd shapes, such as the square Fiji water bottle, it is a game of trying to fit the square peg in the round hole.

April 6, 2012 - 2:00am

Someone with more energy than I have is one day going to come up with a gauge that will accurately forecast the direction of aircraft sales just as the list of leading economic indicators predicts the future direction of the economy. Most of us in the industry seem to use our gut instincts to figure out where we are headed, but every day we get bankable hints. One of our sales directors mentioned to me the other day that exclusive aircraft listings are becoming harder to get, adding, “I think that’s probably a good thing.” He’s probably right.

April 6, 2012 - 12:15am

Accra, Ghana-based Aero Surveys, operating under the commercial name Starbow, plans to lease two more BAe 146 regional jetliners starting in May. The aircraft, one BAe 146-300 and one BAe 146-200, will double its fleet size to four aircraft and will add capacity to satisfy increasing demand.

April 5, 2012 - 6:00am
Operators choose modern cockpits such as the G1000 not only for their improved functionality but also because finding parts for older aircraft is becoming increasingly difficult.

Beech King Air 300 and 350 owners and operators will soon be able to refurbish their airplanes’ instrument panels with a modern Garmin G1000 avionics suite. Garmin expects to receive the supplemental type certificate (STC) for the G1000 installation in the King Air 300 and 350 soon. G1000 upgrades are already available for the C90 and B200.

April 5, 2012 - 6:00am

Former All Nippon Airways executive Jason Bitter succeeded Mark Shelton as CEO of Perth, Australia-based Skywest Airlines last month. Shelton abruptly resigned from the post “for personal reasons,” according to Skywest Group executive chairman Jeff Chatfield.

Bitter has held a number of high-level executive positions during his 15 years in the airline industry, including COO of SpiceJet, CEO of Skyeurope and chief executive of Air Arabia Maroc. Most recently, he helped launch ANA’s new low-fare subsidiary, Peach Aviation.

April 5, 2012 - 5:40am

China’s Civil Aviation Authority issued the Comac ARJ21-700 type inspection authorization in late February, allowing it to begin the final process of flight-test certification, according to the state-run China Daily.

April 5, 2012 - 5:15am

Estonian Air has chosen Embraer’s line of E-Jets to revamp its entire fleet of narrow-body and regional jets, Embraer announced in late February. The national flag carrier of Estonia and the Brazilian manufacturer have signed a contract for the purchase of three E175s and one E190. Estonian Air also plans to take eight more Embraer aircraft–four E170s and four E190s–under a combination of lease agreements with third parties and leasing companies. At press time the direct purchase from Embraer remained subject to the approval of Estonian Air’s Supervisory Council.

 
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