Aviation International News » December 2011

December 5, 2011 - 3:35pm

GE Aviation has been awarded two contracts from Gulfstream Aerospace to provide integrated vehicle health management (IVHM) technology for the Gulfstream G650.

December 5, 2011 - 2:50pm

Danish satellite communication service specialist Satcom 1 has launched Flight Billing to simplify and expedite billing for onboard satcom usage. Flight Billing is currently available for SwiftBroadband services. Next year, Satcom 1 will add an individual billing solution, called Pay Per User, for operators who bill usage to individual users through separate accounts set up in advance or while in flight.

December 5, 2011 - 1:35pm

Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC), a specialist in Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) cabin completion and associated services, has signed executive cabin completion contracts with Aviation Link Company of Saudi Arabia for two Airbus ACJ319s.

December 5, 2011 - 12:30pm

Safe Flight Instrument is celebrating its 65th anniversary with several new programs, including a speed-control system for the Cessna 400 and 208, Lancair Evolution, Quest Kodiak and Viking Twin Otter and autothrottles for the Gulfstream G150, Cessna Citation X and Hawker 800 series.

December 5, 2011 - 6:00am

Russian Helicopters has received an order from Ordos City, China, for a firefighting variant of the Kamov Ka-32A11BC. The helicopter will be equipped with the Simplex firefighting system, a horizontal water cannon and the VSU-5 water-dumping system. Delivery is planned for next September.

December 5, 2011 - 5:40am

The Civil Aviation Flight University of China (CAFUC) has begun ab initio helicopter technician training. With 15 students in Guanghan, Sichuan province, the class is the “start of a long-term plan devised by Eurocopter and CAFUC to develop a pool of qualified technicians.” The two expect an annual flow of 120 trainees by 2015.

December 5, 2011 - 5:10am

Solution F, a company based near Aix-en-Provence, France, claims to have made the first flight of a manned, electrically powered helicopter with on-board batteries. It took off on August 12, maintaining a hover for two minutes and 10 seconds. The project leader was engineer and helicopter pilot Pascal Chrétien.

December 5, 2011 - 5:10am

The families of the flight instructor and student pilot who were killed when their Cessna was overtaken and struck by a PHI Medical EMS helicopter have filed a $120 million wrongful death suit against the helicopter owner and its pilot.

December 5, 2011 - 4:40am

U.S. Reps. Brad Sherman, Howard Berman and Adam Schiff are accelerating their efforts to secure passage of H.R. 2677, the Los Angeles Residential Noise Relief Act.

December 5, 2011 - 4:10am

Bell Helicopter is launching a $1 billion facilities and product modernization program. The $240 million project will create a new office building and training academy in Fort Worth. As part of the plan Bell will relocate workers currently at its Alliance Airport and other area sites. Bell is seeking substantial local tax abatement to help finance the upgrades.