At last month’s Dubai Air Show, Aerion reiterated its ongoing efforts to find a manufacturing and development partner for its nascent supersonic business jet and confirmed that it still holds letters of intent backed by $250,000 refundable deposits for approximately 50 aircraft.
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Spectrum Aeronautical has delayed first flight of its S.40 Freedom lightweight midsize twinjet to late next year. Certification and entry-into-service should follow a year later.
The $6.795 million S.40 will be powered by GE Honda’s HF120 turbofan, which is slated for certification in early 2011.
Change has come fast and furious at Piper Aircraft during the past year, with sale of the company to Imprimis by majority owner American Capital in May, followed shortly thereafter by departure of president and CEO Jim Bass and most recently the resignation of president John Becker.
Austria’s Caeroscene IT Solutions claims to have developed software and a Web-based portal that can combine all core flight planning and support functions in one system and provide a convenient way to book and market executive charter capacity online. The Innsbruck-based company’s Caeroscene Client system is now being used to manage the operations of about 100 aircraft based in various European countries and South Africa.
Responding to concerns from pilots and training providers, among others, the FAA on October 20 corrected its earlier final rule that would have significantly increased requirements and restrictions on using a flight simulator for training and testing for additional pilot ratings. The revised final rule became effective the same day.
Caterers EncouragedTo Share Exhibit Space
In past years, the Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference and the Flight Attendants Conference sponsored by NBAA have had a major representation from the catering community.
The latest main gearbox (MGB) problem for the Sikorsky S-92A: foot-mount cracking that could lead to the complete separation of the MGB and subsequent loss of helicopter control.
If the recession has been hard on the operators of business aircraft, it has been equally brutal on the hundreds of caterers whose livelihood depends on business aviation.
One caterer took out a mortgage on his home to keep the business afloat, and others have dipped deeply into savings accounts to keep the doors open; all are anticipating better times ahead.
Eurocopter Training Services (ETS) will offer a training module for helideck landing officers (HLOs), the surface personnel in charge of helicopter operations on offshore oil platforms, starting in the middle of next year. The company sees a major market in regions such as Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia, where HLOs receive little training, according to ETS officials.
Eurocopter on October 22 launched a reorganization effort to address a slump in orders and shortcomings in areas where until recently CEO Lutz Bertling had been trumpeting the company’s strength. Eurocopter’s goal with the so-called Shape program is to save money, simplify processes and further invest in future products. Shape succeeds Vital, which the company launched in 2005 to facilitate a swift production ramp-up.