Aviation International News » February 2013

February 3, 2013 - 2:25am

How well do you know the market? When the market goes up, everyone knows it and accepts it, and prices rise; when it falls, everyone recognizes the need to adjust. But if you’re a buyer or a seller, how good is your information? Right now the market is in what could be a transitional phase, making it a challenge to decipher its signals, no matter what side of the fence you’re on. We recently heard of one buyer shelling out seven figures more than he could have paid, had he known virtually anything about the market.

February 3, 2013 - 1:45am

China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (Caiga), a subsidiary of state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (Avic), has started the “trial production” of a prototype for the new business jet it is planning to develop based on the existing Cirrus Vision SF50 design. Caiga acquired U.S.-based Cirrus Industries in 2011.

February 3, 2013 - 1:25am

Two years ago, FlightSafety International nearly doubled the size of its Dallas Learning Center at DFW. The company’s largest campus, founded in 2000, has grown to 210,000 sq ft and now features 24 simulator pads, more classrooms and an engine shop, allowing FlightSafety to add several new programs. The Dallas center has 250 employees (125 of them instructors) and graduates 10,500 students annually. One-third of those students are from outside the U.S.“Dallas is just a great place to get to with direct flights, and that helps a lot,” said center manager Dan McClellan.

February 3, 2013 - 12:45am

Several helicopter EMS accidents occurred over the last couple of months in the U.S.

February 3, 2013 - 12:20am
 Atlantic’s $1 million renovation of the Cleveland facility included a facelift for the FBO’s interior.

As aircraft taxi into Atlantic Aviation’s facility at Cleveland-Hopkins International, it’s likely few visitors are aware of the history behind it. The airport, currently the largest in Ohio, hosted the Cleveland Air Races starting in 1929; it was also the first in the U.S. with a lighting system (installed the following year), and the first municipal airport with a radio-equipped control tower.

February 2, 2013 - 4:30am
Work remains on fiscal cliff talks (Illustration: John T. Lewis)

While many people breathed a sigh of relief when Congress pulled the nation back from the so-called “fiscal cliff” at the beginning of the new year, most of those who were following the contretemps didn’t realize it was mainly political theater.

“While we are pleased Congress made some headway on tax elements to avert the fiscal cliff, we are concerned that they could not agree to a long-term solution to fix a problem no serious person wants: sequestration,” said Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) president and CEO Marion Blakey.

February 2, 2013 - 4:10am
The completion project begins at Associated Air Center’s design center, shown in these photos. Once the customer selects the fabrics, furnishings and appliances for Boeing 747-8, interior specialists will spend three years creating the cabin, which will include a private section–with bedroom and reception area–for the principal.

Standard Aero’s Associated Air Center is gearing up to receive its first Boeing 747-8 completion at its Dallas facility.

February 2, 2013 - 3:35am

The Russian government has granted Sukhoi Civil Aircraft loan guarantees worth $1 billion under the credit line opened by Kremlin-controlled VEB bank to finance work related to the manufacture of Superjet SSJ-100s. The government decree, issued on December 29, calls for SCAC to repay the VEB loan within 12 years starting in January 2015. The government guarantees expire in July 2026.

February 2, 2013 - 3:10am

The road to future communications, navigation and surveillance operations will not include any major technology upheavals in user requirements before 2020, according to projected roadmaps presented at ICAO’s Air Navigation Conference in Montreal recently. In fact, new technologies mentioned for each of the three regimes were usually described in terms of their potential future benefits, with no suggestion of their actual readiness for implementation.

February 2, 2013 - 2:40am

During World War II, “Loose Lips Sink Ships” was a familiar slogan on both sides of the Atlantic at a time when German U-boats (U for unterwasserboot, submarine) were wreaking a deadly toll on cargo vessels transporting Allied supplies from North America to the beleaguered British Isles.

 
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