Landmark Aviation has established a temporary FBO at the London-area Southend Airport. In a partnership with the privately owned airport, the U.S. handling group is supporting business aircraft operations during the London Olympic Games and beyond. The deal runs through October 1 and both parties hope that it could lead to a more permanent presence for Landmark at the airport, which is almost 40 miles from the center of the UK capital. Southend Airport has its own rail station with eight direct services each hour to Stratford, close to the main Olympic Stadium.
Aviation International News » August 2012
The Aircraft Electronics Association has begun distributing its free updated Pilot’s Guide to Avionics, which helps avionics buyers understand new technology and find qualified avionics shops for installations and repairs. This year’s guide covers new avionics, training, combined vision systems, electronic engine instruments, the growing use of touchscreens in cockpit displays, ADS-B, electronic flight bags, tablet computers, Waas GPS and audio panels. Free copies of the guide can be picked up at tradeshows or are available by request at www.aeapilotsguide.net.
Mid-Continent Instrument and A123 Systems signed an agreement for Mid-Continent to distribute and supply A123 lithium-ion battery technology for the aviation market. “Mid-Continent’s True Blue Power division will work with customers to develop custom power solutions using A123’s innovative lithium-ion chemistry for a wide range of aviation-related applications,” said True Blue Power division director John Gallman. This includes A123 lithium-ion cells, modules and custom power solutions.
AgustaWestland has suspended talks with China Chongqing Helicopter to assemble an unspecified AW model in Chongqing. The Chinese enterprise had sought to assemble the AW helicopter for both domestic sales and export, as well as those from other OEMs, at the site. AW already assembles AW109s in China under a separate arrangement with Avicopter.
Russian Helicopters is developing a “comprehensive avionics system” for situational awareness, autopilot landing and collision avoidance. It will be installed on all new Russian-made helicopters starting in 2015. The new “intelligent” system will inform pilots about hazards in the landing area. It will even enable the aircraft to hover above a given point and land automatically.
Russian Helicopters, which is redeveloping the Ansat with conventional (as opposed to the original fly-by-wire) flight controls, expects to achieve Russian certification in the fourth quarter, with serial production to start in January. The next step will be EASA certification, expected next year or in 2014. Russian Helicopters is developing a new fuel system to comply with European requirements.
AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters have signed a “preliminary agreement” to jointly develop a new 2.5-metric-ton class (5,500 pound) single-engine helicopter. The aircraft will be smaller and less expensive than the existing AW119Ke Koala. It will compete with the Eurocopter EC130T2.
Under pressure from a pair of local high-profile congressmen, Howard Berman (D) and Brad Sherman (D), the FAA has announced it will hold a community hearing on helicopter noise in the L.A. basin during the first week of August. The hearing will take testimony from concerned parties that will be the basis of a report that could provide the basis for imposed and/or voluntary solutions.
During its U.S. demonstration tour, the Eurocopter X3compound helicopter flew at no more than a company-imposed 220 knots, but as soon as it is back in Europe this fall it will fly “significantly faster,” CEO Lutz Bertling hinted during a press briefing in July. Eurocopter expects the X3will eventually break the 250-knot unofficial record the Sikorsky X2 set two years ago.
The New York Police Department took delivery of its fourth Bell 412 last month. The new ship will be used for counter-terrorism missions. NYPD Capt. James Coan said the city’s extensive air assets are “a force multiplier for patrol, gathering intelligence, counter-terrorism and the detective bureau.” The new 412 will be equipped with radiation-detection equipment that is effective from an altitude of 200 feet.