Premier/West Star of Grand Junction, Colo., has been named a factory-authorized Hawker service center. The company has a nine-year track record on the aircraft, during which it invested heavily in the form of tooling, equipment training and personnel. All Hawker technical personnel are FlightSafety and SimuFlite trained.
Aviation International News » February 2006
Aviall Services and Sierracin have signed an agreement appointing Aviall an official global supplier and distributor of Sierracin’s business aircraft transparencies. Aircraft supported by the agreement include the Bombardier Global Express, Challenger and Learjet 31A/35/36 and 45; Cessna 402/404, 414/421 and Citation 500/550; and Raytheon Beech 60 Duke.
APPH of Runcorn, England, has purchased Arnoni Aviation, a major independent supplier of Hawker parts. APPH provides specialty aviation services, including hydraulic solutions for the aerospace industry, landing gear systems, actuation systems, hydraulic assemblies, filters and other repair/overhaul services. The company has also changed its name to Arnoni Aviation Services.
AgustaWestland A109S Grand
The order book for this uprated 109 variant currently stands at almost 60. AgustaWestland received EASA approval for the type in June (as its first customer, a Briton, took delivery) and FAA certification is expected by next month. The company planned to have delivered five airframes by press time and 10 more later this year.
A new international safety team that aims to improve helicopter safety by a factor of five could be ready to start work by this summer. A draft charter for the organization was approved last month, and an industry briefing is scheduled to take place during Heli-Expo.
Despite having been required to submit a “Category X” airport security plan to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) more than a year ago, Washington, D.C.’s South Capitol Street Heliport remains closed to nongovernment traffic.
After several years of discussion and consultation, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will soon present new operating standards to helicopter operators around the world.
Canadian Helicopters plans to buy the Max-Viz EVS-1000 enhanced-vision system for some of its onshore helicopter operations.
Enstrom has received South Korean certification for its full product line and added the 480B to its Brazilian ticket.
“We were successful in opening new sales territories during 2005,” said Enstrom president and CEO Jerry Mullins, “which drives our need to obtain the proper certification.” Recent deliveries include a 280FX and a 480B to Hanseo University in Korea, as well as a 480B to the Bringer Corp. of Brazil.
India’s Dhruv fleet was grounded in December after Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) identified a fault in the tail rotor blades. Investigation following a November accident led HAL to issue a technical advisory to all operators of the medium twin helicopter.
At press time, defense production secretary K. P. Singh confirmed that “the faults have been rectified and the helicopter will be flying again within days.”