France-based Daher Group last month confirmed that French and German antitrust authorities have approved its taking over 70 percent of Socata, with EADS retaining the remaining 30-percent share. Combined, Daher and Socata have 7,500 employees and ?1 billion ($1.4 billion) revenues in aerostructures and business aircraft. Socata delivered a record 60 TBM 850 turboprops last year.
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Dassault in late December downgraded its 2008 delivery planning for Falcons, citing new FAA “constraints” and stricter enforcement of regulations. As a result, some deliveries have been postponed to the first quarter of this year. Meanwhile, Dassault has reached a “definitive agreement” with Alcatel-Lucent on the latter’s shares in avionics specialist Thales. The ?1.57 billion ($2.2 billion) deal should close next spring.
UBS Investment Research’s January 6 business jet update indicates that flight activity, measured by takeoffs and landings, was 10 percent lower in November on
French civil aviation authority DGAC, Eurocopter and the French association of EMS doctors (AFHSH) late last year tested a satnav IFR route between two hospitals, with the goal of easing patient transfer. The next phase in the trials will involve carrying patients in the EC 145. The partners hope to use this GPS route permanently later this year, thus enabling operations in most weather.
There is no “magic bullet” solution to the spate of fatal helicopter EMS crashes over the last two years.
Rather, investigation documents released by the NTSB on January 15 reveal a complex mosaic of multi-level human and technology failures behind nine of these crashes in 2007 and 2008.
Just as business aviation was girding for a fight over a Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) amendment that would have forced companies receiving TARP funds to dispose of their business aircraft, the House of Representatives moved to strike the language from the legislation.
British air traffic management provider NATS has urged the country’s Civil Aviation Authority to give fast-track approval to a change in the standard instrument departures (SIDs) at London City Airport. The change, which could be adopted this summer, will formalize a wider initial turn after takeoff before aircraft rejoin the existing tracks.
AirCare Solutions Group, which provides emergency training, products and services to business aviation and airline operators, purchased Majestic Aerotech, an Olympia, Wash.-based FAA- and EASA-approved repair station for emergency medical equipment. Majestic Aerotech occupies an 11,000-sq-ft facility and specializes in inspecting, repairing and certifying emergency medical and survival kits.
The FAA has issued a revision of Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin NM-08-27 to warn operators of transport-category aircraft that organic salt runway de-icer fluids could cause “possible brake failure during high-speed aborted takeoff or dragged brake during normal takeoff (and subsequent overheat, once airborne).” The revised SAIB, NM-08-27R1, notifies operators that organic salt runway
ExecuJet Aviation has expanded its aircraft charter and management operation in Mexico with the addition of a Bombardier Global Express and a Dassault Falcon 900B to its fleet. The two jets join three Pilatus PC-12s that are already available for charter. The company has bases at Monterrey’s Del Norte and Mariano Escobedo International airports.