In response to historic flooding in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area in June, Rockwell Collins made a $2 million contribution to aid local flood relief efforts. The funds will be used to support the immediate needs of flood victims, as well as ongoing clean-up and restoration activities. The company has also established the Rockwell Collins Flood Recovery Fund to enable employees, retirees and suppliers to donate to flood relief efforts.
Aviation International News » August 2008
Pratt & Whitney Canada is leading a four-year, university-industry biofuel research project under a Canada-India science and technology agreement. The program will identify and test a number of “second generation” biofuels that do not compete with food resources, such as jatropha (succulent plants), algae and biobutanol. The program will also compare current jet fuels with first- and second-generation biofuels.
The Alliance for Sustainable Air Transportation (ASAT) was publicly launched in late June at a summit on global climate change in Miami. The Wakefield, Mass.-based group includes DayJet, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the state of Florida and 11 other members.
Per-seat, on-demand charter operator DayJet has added two primary “DayPort” and 14 secondary “DayStop” destinations to its network. DayJet now offers access to more than 60 airports in the southeast U.S. The two new DayPorts are in Orlando and St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. New DayStops are in South and North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Zurich-based ExecuJet Aviation Group has created a pre-owned business aircraft division with sales representatives in the U.S., Europe, South Africa and the Middle East. Last year, ExecuJet logged $300 million in sales of pre-owned aircraft in the Middle East, with more than a dozen transactions, representing nearly 50 percent of ExecuJet’s total transactions. Pre-owned sales are also climbing in India and China.
Three people were injured–one critically–during an explosion on July 2 at the Gulfstream Aerospace plant in Savannah, Ga. According to the company, two contractors were performing leak tests on oxygen bottles inside a building when a flash fire occurred. A Gulfstream employee who tried to help the two men also suffered burns.
A French judge last month ordered Continental Airlines and five people–including aircraft designers, maintenance technicians and one civil aviation authority executive–to stand trial for manslaughter in the criminal investigation into the Concorde crash that killed 113 in July 2000 near Paris.
Neither of the two medevac Bell 407s that collided in midair June 29 over Flagstaff, Ariz., was equipped with TCAS or any kind of cockpit voice or data recorder, an NTSB spokesman told AIN.
The FAA has issued an unapproved parts notification for Weco Aerospace Systems of Burbank, Calif. The document cites hundreds of “aircraft components and instruments approved for return to service by Weco, Inc.” The company, acquired by Gulfstream Aerospace a year ago, was an FAA Part 145 and EASA repair station.
Central U.S. regional fractional provider Executive AirShare (EAS) last month signed an agreement to acquire 18 Embraer Phenom 100 delivery slots from Clearwater, Fla.-based Avantair, which offers shares in Piaggio Avantis. EAS also has an option to buy Avantair’s two remaining Phenom 100 positions. EAS now has firm orders for 28 Embraer Phenom 100s and four Phenom 300s, with options on 12 more 100s and four more 300s.
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