Aviation International News » December 2011

December 6, 2011 - 3:10pm

GE Aviation has broken ground on a new jet engine components factory in Auburn, Ala. The 300,000-sq-ft manufacturing plant will produce precision, super-alloy machined parts for GE jet engines that will power future commercial and military aircraft and support the fleet of GE jet engines already in service.

December 6, 2011 - 2:50am

Gore Design Completions is on a roll with a full shop and new contracts for an Airbus ACJ320-200 and a larger Airbus ACJ330-200.

This is on the heels of delivery of the San Antonio-based completion center’s first Boeing 777, a -200LR for an Asian head of state. The aircraft was finished in 12 months and delivered ahead of schedule.

December 6, 2011 - 2:30am

Channel Tracker, introduced last month by Innovative Advantage of Redmond, Wash., is a way to upgrade an existing in-flight entertainment system to high definition (HD) without tearing out the current interior.

December 6, 2011 - 2:05am

L-3 Platform Integration has selected PAC Seating Systems of Palm City, Fla., to provide a range of 16-g seats, divan frames, slouching seats and full-flat sleeper seats as part of a 747-8 head-of-state completion project by the Waco, Texas completion center.

December 6, 2011 - 1:40am

Pinnacle Airlines said in late October that it would close the headquarters of its Eagan, Minn.-based Mesaba Airlines subsidiary toward the end of next year’s first quarter as it moves to reduce the number of its operating certificates from three to two. Pinnacle also owns Manassas, Va.-based Colgan Air.   

December 6, 2011 - 1:25am

Embraer won an order for 11 more 118-seat E195s from Brazilian airline Azul in late October, not long after New York-based JetBlue canceled an order for 12 E190s. The contract with Azul, owned by JetBlue co-founder David Neeleman, calls for deliveries to start early in 2013. Embraer places the value of the contract at $497 million.

December 6, 2011 - 1:10am

Bombardier’s continuing efforts to cultivate ties with Chinese industry appeared to pay some dividends last month, when the company signed a conditional purchase agreement for six CRJ900s from an unidentified Chinese airline.

December 6, 2011 - 12:50am

Gulfstream International Airlines has reached an agreement with Saab Aircraft Leasing to buy six 34-seat Saab 340Bplus turboprops, the Fort Lauderdale-based airline announced in late October. It plans to deploy all the airplanes on its Florida/Bahamas routes, where they will replace 19-seat Beech 1900Ds.

December 5, 2011 - 3:55pm

The FAA has issued TSO authorization for FreeFlight’s Rangr FDL-978TX ADS-B universal access transmitter, the first V2-compliant TSO-C154c UAT ADS-B transmitter that meets the latest AC 20-165 standards, according

December 5, 2011 - 3:55pm

Garmin stopped manufacture of the GNS 530W and GPS 500W navigators on November 30, although it plans to continue making the GNS 430W, 420W and GPS 400W through the first half of next year.