Aviation International News » April 2012

April 2, 2012 - 4:15am

Today, most of us would probably rate cellphones, ATMs and the Internet as the three most useful modern gadgets we use regularly. We likely wouldn’t rank GPS up there, and maybe not even in the top 10. Yet without GPS, those three wouldn’t work too well, if at all, and neither would a host of other things that we depend on (reliable electrical power; banking systems; national and worldwide telecommunications, including air traffic control; and car navigation, to name a few). And with NextGen slowly approaching, aviation’s dependence on GPS will grow exponentially.

April 2, 2012 - 4:12am

Flight academies and schools throughout the world are going to fill much of the need for pilots, which is projected to grow rapidly in the coming decades. Boeing projects a need for 26,660 new pilots per year during the next 20 years.

CAE says that its Global Academy is the world’s largest flight academy system, with 11 locations worldwide where new pilots are trained ab initio (from the beginning). CAE Global Academy produces about 1,800 new pilots per year at facilities in India, Malaysia, Australia, Canada, the U.S., Europe and Africa.

April 2, 2012 - 3:50am

While Embraer will continue to do the interior installations on the Lineage 1000 bizliner at its São Jose dos Campos facilities, Austrian interior components supplier List Components & Furniture will provide high-end cabinetry for the cabin.

The Lineage 1000 is an executive variant of the Embraer E190 airliner and can accommodate up to 19 passengers in a five-zone cabin of modular design. The interior, designed by Priestman Goode of London, offers “hundreds of layout combinations [and] differentiated modules and cabinets,” according to Embraer.

April 2, 2012 - 3:48am

In business since 1750, family owned and operated Catherineau has been in the aircraft completions game for only 50 years. That is a relatively short chapter in the Catherineau history but nevertheless not insignificant, considering that business aviation was only just coming into its own 50 years ago. In 1750, and for centuries thereafter, Catherineau built fine furniture.

April 2, 2012 - 3:46am

Smac Aero of Toulon, France, continues to develop new technology aimed at reducing aircraft cabin noise and promoted its full line of noise-reduction technology in Cannes, France.

Among the latest items is the SmacBarrier, an acoustic layer designed to reduce the transmission of sound generated around window trim panels, flooring and ceiling panels.

Also fresh off the development line is SmacFoam, specifically created to reduce sound transmission and provide sound absorption in smaller, confined spaces.

April 2, 2012 - 3:44am

ITT has been quietly developing technology to reduce aircraft cabin noise levels, primarily through the use of cabin interior isolators.

The White Plains, N.Y.-based company promoted its latest products at the recent Business Jet Interiors World Expo in Cannes, France, claiming that in some cases the ITT elastomeric devices that attach the cabin interior to the airframe have reduced noise by up to 6 dBA. These same isolators are standard in the Boeing 787.

April 2, 2012 - 3:42am
A cabin mockup based on the 328DBJ (Dornier Business Jet) at the 328 Support Services exhibit at the Business Jet Interiors World Expo was a highlight of the show. The mockup will also be on display at Ebace in May.

The Business Airport and Business Jet Interiors World Expos were held concurrently (February 22 and 23) in Cannes, in the south of France, to somewhat mixed reviews, although attendance numbers were healthy and a substantial number of exhibitors signed up for next year’s event, even before the show closed.

Graham Johnson, managing director for organizer UKIP Media Events, expressed satisfaction with drawing 2,236 attendees from 50 countries, noting that the entrance fee gave visitors access to both the interiors and airport shows, as well as the conference presentations.

April 2, 2012 - 2:10am
Italy is providing a subsidized loan for AgustaWestland’s AW169.

The European Commission (EC) has allowed France and Italy to grant aid for the development of two medium twins in the 10,000-pound class–the Eurocopter X4 and the AgustaWestland AW169, respectively.

April 2, 2012 - 1:45am

Epic Aircraft announced March 6 that it has been sold to a Russian MRO by the name of Engineering llc and plans to put its kit LT single-engine turboprop aircraft into FAA-certified production. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

April 2, 2012 - 1:20am

At the FAA, some say, program management has traditionally been an oxymoron. Several past and current programs attest to that assessment, one of them being NextGen’s En Route Advanced Modernization (Eram) system, which faces significant delays and cost overruns. Delivery of that system’s upgrade could now slip from 2010 to 2016, and its costs go from $2.15 billion to $2.65 billion.