China’s Xi’an Aircraft Company (XAC) landed the largest-ever order from a Chinese airline for its MA60 regional turboprop last month. Privately held Okay Airways said it has agreed to lease 10 of the 60-seat turboprops, the first of which it plans to deploy by the end of the year. It expects to take delivery of the rest within two years, it added.
Aviation International News » August 2007
The simulator for the PowerJet SaM146 engine destined to power the Superjet 100 regional airliner had recently arrived at the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) headquarters in suburban Moscow when, early last month, engineers incorporated the device into the so-called electronic bird, a systems integration rig complete with cockpit simulator and wrap-around visual system.
An extended period of order taking for the world’s makers of regional airliners showed little sign of relenting last month, as Canada’s Bombardier grabbed at least two more major orders for CRJ regional jets while Brazil’s Embraer and the Franco-Italian ATR partnership counted the proceeds from a busy Paris Air Show.
Trans States and Chautauqua Airlines will serve seven new destinations from St. Louis starting September 5 as part of a push by American Airlines to replenish its downsized hub with regional jets. At the same time the airline will end American Connection service between St. Louis and Dallas Love Field, a route Trans States now flies for American directly against Southwest Airlines.
Both sides claimed victory last month in the latest ALPA organizing effort at SkyWest Airlines after a U.S. district court judge in San Francisco issued a preliminary injunction forcing management to allow the union to distribute pamphlets in non-work areas while refusing ALPA’s request to ban SkyWest from funding its in-house pilot association. Judge Charles Breyer also denied ALPA access to company e-mail, mailboxes and training classes.
The holding company for Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based regional Gulfstream International Airlines and Gulfstream Training Academy hopes to raise some $10.2 million through an IPO on the American Stock Exchange, according to a registration statement filed with the SEC early last month. The company plans to sell 1 million shares on the Amex under the symbol GIA.
Embraer sent all operators of ERJ regional jets and Legacy business jets a field service letter reminding pilots of the procedure to follow in the event they receive a “landing gear disagree” message after an American Eagle Embraer ERJ 135 tried to land at Boston Logan Airport on June 20 with its landing gear raised. The airplane briefly scraped the runway when the crew aborted the landing for a go-around.
The Helicopter Association International (HAI) is accepting nominations for its “Salute To Excellence” awards to be presented during its convention next year. Nominations are due October 3. For more information go to www.rotor.com.
Simulator builder Frasca International unveiled its MentorH deployable helicopter flight training device (FTD) at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association convention last month. The MentorH is used for single-engine turbine helicopter training. Features include a four-channel TruVision visual system, FLIR and graphical instructor’s station.
AgustaWestland has designated Kaigai Aviotech of Japan to sell the AW119 Ke, AW109 Power and Grand in the Japanese commercial market. The two companies also agreed to establish a maintenance and support center for AgustaWestland helicopters in Japan.