Aviation International News » December 2010

November 30, 2010 - 7:07am

ExecuJet Aviation is expanding its footprint in the Asian business aviation services market with a new joint venture with China’s Tianjin Haite Aircraft Engineering. The partners are to establish an aircraft maintenance and management operation at Tianjin Binhai Airport, about 75 miles from the center of Beijing, and the new facility is slated to open by August.

November 30, 2010 - 7:06am

Gulfstream International Group, the parent company of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based ­Gulfstream International Airlines, entered Chapter 11 ­bankruptcy protection last month in an effort to restructure its debt and secure long-term ­financing. ­Gulfstream said it has arranged for up to $5 million in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing from Chicago-based ­Victory Park Capital Advisors and that it ­anticipates no effect on its flight schedules.

November 30, 2010 - 6:56am

Researchers at the German aerospace research institute (DLR) plan to flight-test a system next year intended to aid landing in confined areas. The system relies on sensor fusion and adapts to each pilot’s typical approach strategy. It should help improve the safety record for rescue operations at unprepared sites in poor visibility, research engineer Thorsten Strohmaier said during a presentation at the European Rotorcraft Forum.

November 30, 2010 - 6:54am

After a protracted and controversial procurement process, the Maryland State Police signed a deal last month to purchase six new AgustaWestland AW139s.

November 30, 2010 - 6:52am

China-based Avicopter announced on November 9 the first flight of its first indigenously developed light single-engine helicopter, the AC311, in Tianjin. The helicopter, the design of which has likely inherited some lines from the light Eurocopter models that parent company Avic has long produced, has an mtow of 4,850 pounds and can carry six people.

November 30, 2010 - 6:51am

Helicopter flying could eventually be “jet smooth,” thanks to hub-mounted actuators that counter, at their source, vibratory loads stemming from blade movement asymmetry and blade-vortex interaction. Sikorsky has completed rig testing of a hub-mounted vibration-suppression system (HMVS) that could be in service in 2015, and the company plans to integrate the active system into all its helicopters.

November 30, 2010 - 6:49am

Two years ago a speedboat opened fire on a Bell 412 as it departed an oil platform. A mechanic found a bullet hole in a main rotor blade after the helicopter returned to base. The passengers and crew had no idea they had been hit.
It was just another day in Nigeria.

November 30, 2010 - 6:42am

On October 25, Robinson Helicopter entered a new phase as a manufacturer of turbine-powered rotorcraft when the FAA handed over the new R66’s type certificate to founder Frank Robinson and his son and company president Kurt.

November 30, 2010 - 6:39am

EThe European Helicopter Safety Implementation Team has released a 22-page training leaflet aimed at making helicopter pilots more aware of those hazards identified as major causes of accidents in Europe. The training resource targets four ­topics–degraded visual environment, vortex ring state, loss of tail-rotor effectiveness and static and dynamic rollover. All these should help pilots make “better, more informed decisions.” 

November 30, 2010 - 6:38am

The Pentagon has selected Emteq to study the feasibility of a rotor blade tip lighting system that can be modulated to provide navigation lights at the appropriate azimuth positions, mark the complete rotor disk in hover mode, and provide a low-observable NVG mode for night formation flying.