Aviation International News » August 2009

July 27, 2009 - 7:23am

Bombardier Aerospace said its Learjet 85 program has reached several milestones, including fabrication of the second proof-of-concept, all-composite fuselage and the successful completion of all wind-tunnel testing. Development of the Learjet 85’s all-composite wing is also “progressing steadily,” with a proof-of-concept wing demonstrator under way.

July 27, 2009 - 7:21am

Dassault Aviation reported ?900 million ($1.28 billion) in Falcon sales in the first half, down slightly from the ?1.1 billion ($1.56 billion) recorded in the same period last year, but cancellations of previous business jet orders far exceeded sales. Thus, the value of Dassault’s consolidated orders for the first six months was -?1.13 billion

July 27, 2009 - 7:18am

Hawker Beechcraft appointed Shawn Vick as its executive vice president, where he will lead the integration of marketing and sales, as well as further development of the company’s brand strategy and product definitions and offerings. “Shawn has extensive experience in both domestic and international sales and marketing,” said Hawker Beechcraft chairman and CEO Bill Boisture.

July 27, 2009 - 7:13am

A six-week strike at Bell Helicopter Textron’s transmission and rotor-blade component plants in Texas ended after union members ratified a revised four-year contract offer on July 22 and returned to work on July 27.

July 27, 2009 - 6:55am

The UK government is pushing back the August 31 deadline for aircraft operators to register for the European Union’s new emissions trading scheme (ETS) and to file a plan for the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of their carbon emissions. According to the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA), the revised deadline is likely to be around mid-November this year.

July 27, 2009 - 6:43am

A bipartisan group of senators introduced an FAA reauthorization act last month that carries provisions to speed up implementation of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) while retaining the current mechanisms for paying for the ATC upgrades. The Senate Commerce Committee approved the measure a week later.