Aviation International News » August 2011

July 31, 2011 - 12:50pm

Hawker Beechcraft and the International Association of Machinists (IAM) union began negotiations on a new contract early last month. The current contract for the 2,800 aircraft line workers expires August 7. Hawker Beechcraft and the IAM opened negotiations early last October to try to reach an agreement. However, the proposal was overwhelmingly voted down and talks were closed until last month.

July 31, 2011 - 11:40am

The FAA issued an STC for installation of Sandel’s HeliTaws on the Bell 412EP.

July 31, 2011 - 11:25am

China-based Minsheng Financial Leasing signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the purchase of up to 20 Embraer business jets. While no specific models were identified in the MoU announcement, Embraer said it covers its “full line of executive jets,” which ranges from the Phenom 100 light jet to the Lineage 1000 bizliner.

July 31, 2011 - 10:50am

A German bankruptcy administrator seized a private Boeing 737 used by Thailand Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn as part of a long-running dispute between the Thai government and defunct German construction firm Walter Bau. At press time, the aircraft was still being held at Munich Airport. The dispute relates to alleged unpaid bills totaling €30 million ($42 million) from a 20-year-old contract to build Bangkok’s Don Muang Tollway highway.

July 31, 2011 - 10:50am

Embraer joined the fuselage of the first Legacy 500 at its São José dos Campos, Brazil plant last month. The midsize jet’s fuselage is built in three sections–cockpit, center fuselage and aft fuselage–and is constructed of aluminum alloy, with “substantial” composite materials content, the company said.

July 31, 2011 - 10:45am

A Bell Helicopter spokesman denies that the company did anything improper in accepting approximately $300 million in U.S. Defense Department independent research and development (IRAD) funds to develop the Model 609 civil tiltrotor program. Bell announced in June that it is in the process of selling the 609 outright to co-development partner AgustaWestland.

July 31, 2011 - 10:20am

Congress threw the gauntlet at the European Union last month when a bipartisan group of House Transportation Committee leaders filed legislation to ban U.S. air carriers from participating in the EU’s emissions trading scheme (ETS).

July 31, 2011 - 10:10am

After four highly successful years Brian Johnson, the man behind the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry and the island’s first Director of Civil Aviation, leaves on August 26 to pursue a new challenge (the Swaziland registry, according to some reports).

July 31, 2011 - 10:00am

The word “offshore” can conjure images of money laundering, tax dodgers and oil spills, but in today’s business aviation world, as privacy and security become ever more precious commodities, offshore registry is becoming an acceptable alternative.

July 31, 2011 - 9:20am

China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for up to 50 midsize and large-cabin Gulfstreams last month. According to reports, the MoU covers an unspecified mix of G280s (née G250), G450s, G550s and G650s worth a potential $2.6 billion. The MoUs are expected to be converted into firm orders over the next three to five years.