Aviation International News » December 2011

December 3, 2011 - 4:05am

One of the largest and longest-lasting wildfires in the Midwest significantly taxed available helicopter assets, destroyed nearly 100,000 acres and sent smoke plumes into the sky that could be detected by satellites and smelled as far as 450 miles away in Chicago. Across Lake Superior, parts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula were enveloped in dense smoke for days.  

December 3, 2011 - 2:55am

Sikorsky’s ongoing total S-92 product improvement program emphasizes the offshore oil and gas mission, focusing on areas of availability, capability and safety, according to Spencer Elani, Sikorsky’s S-92 program manager.

December 3, 2011 - 1:10am

The business aviation accident rate “will go up 400 percent over the next 10 years” without significant upgrades to pilot training, according to human-factors expert Dr. Tony Kern. A former B-1B bomber instructor pilot, Kern made his remarks in October at Bombardier’s 15th annual Safety Standdown in Wichita.

December 3, 2011 - 12:45am
GPS satellite.

LightSquared is coming under pressure from several separate directions, as opponents to its plans provide more specific support to their positions on legal, financial and technical issues. And in the background, a telecom industry heavyweight with whom LightSquared hopes to form an alliance wants clarity by year-end.

December 2, 2011 - 3:45pm
GoGo Biz from Aircell gives passengers high-speed Internet at altitudes above 10

Business aviation in-flight connectivity specialist Aircell of Bloomfield, Colo., has announced that charter operator Travel Management Company (TMC) is installing its GoGo Biz high-speed Internet service on all the midsize aircraft in the TMC fleet.

December 2, 2011 - 1:35pm
A multifunction control display unit in aircraft cockpit shows a controller-pilo

Digital data messaging between pilots and air traffic controllers is scheduled to begin replacing voice-based communications in U.S. airspace in the next three years.

December 2, 2011 - 3:45am

Business aviation in-flight connectivity specialist Aircell of Bloomfield, Colo., has announced that charter operator Travel Management Company (TMC) is installing its GoGo Biz high-speed Internet service on all the midsize aircraft in the TMC fleet. 

December 2, 2011 - 2:40am

Preliminary Reports

December 2, 2011 - 2:25am

Realistic pricing is keeping the flow of pre-owned business aircraft inventory moving. But it’s a fragile process, and in some segments progress is glacial.
The good news for buyers: bargains still abound.

December 2, 2011 - 1:55am

In the North Sea, worker unions and the oil and gas industry lobbies have not expressed concerns about the safety of the Sikorsky S-92. Oil & Gas UK declined to comment.

 
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