Aviation International News » February 2013

February 2, 2013 - 2:10am
Columbia Helicopters lost one Boeing Vertol 234 from its fleet of 12 last month in Peru.

Oregon-based Columbia Helicopters lost one of its Boeing-Vertol 234 tandem-rotor, heavy-lift helicopters–the civil version of the Chinook–in Peru last month. The helicopter (N241CH) crashed on January 7, shortly after takeoff from FAP Captain David Abenzur Rengifo International Airport, Pucallpa, Peru, en route to Tarapoto, Peru. All seven people aboard the aircraft, including five Americans, were killed. The helicopter was contracted to Talisman Energy of Canada and was headed for a drilling site 180 miles away carrying a sling load of drilling equipment.

February 2, 2013 - 1:40am
Baker Aviation provides maintenance for a variety of business aircraft and engines.

During his career as a pilot and operator of a charter/management company, Baker Aviation founder Stan Baker III was struck by the significant investment in aircraft maintenance required to keep an aircraft flying. He particularly remembers the aggravation of difficult maintenance issues that only seemed to compound as aircraft aged and manufacturers ceased production. Confident there was a better way to service aircraft, Baker set about building a team of experts in aircraft maintenance with backgrounds that complement one another.

February 2, 2013 - 1:15am

The downsized Beechcraft that is expected to emerge from bankruptcy protection at the end of this month will retain and expand its services division, two senior Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) executives told AIN. There are no plans at this time to spin off Hawker Beechcraft Services into a separately owned company.

February 2, 2013 - 12:55am

Given the depressed values of most pre-owned aircraft over the past several years, along with the sheer volume of aircraft available, buyers in the market might have a tough time searching out the best bargains among the many offerings. Virginia-based Asset Insight now promises to make that task simpler as it unveils a new tool.

February 2, 2013 - 12:40am
Lyon Bron airport hosted an educational event last fall to show local company executives the value of business aviation.

While many European airports saw traffic decline last year, Lyon Bron airport bucked the trend, experiencing 7.7-percent growth (to 5,818 aircraft movements) in business aviation traffic over the first 11 months of 2012, according to local statistics. Numbers at the Europe-wide level indicate a 4.69-percent drop in business aviation traffic over the same period.

February 2, 2013 - 12:10am
SSPC proctor observing, a StandardAero painter demonstrates proper paint application technique.

For decades, painting airplanes has been a craft passed down in tribal fashion from one generation to the next, but with more understanding of how than why any particular process worked.

February 1, 2013 - 6:00am
Gulfstream Aerospace president Larry Flynn, second from left, announced plans for the OEM’s new service center in Beijing in February last year, and by November the facility was up and running. (Photo: David McIntosh)

When the financial crisis that exploded in late 2008 began to ravage Western economies in 2009 and 2010, the business aviation industry took well founded comfort from the fact that escalating demand from emerging markets farther east seemed to be shoring up otherwise sagging demand in traditional markets.

February 1, 2013 - 5:40am
UTC life raft

UTC Aerospace Systems has become the first U.S. company to manufacture aerospace products in India under the terms of a bilateral aviation safety agreement (BASA) signed in 2011 by the U.S. FAA and India’s Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The agreement gives blanket approval for manufacturing U.S. aerospace products in India (or vice versa).

February 1, 2013 - 5:10am

At press time Hawker Beechcraft was expected on January 31 to seek confirmation of its plan of reorganization from bankruptcy court, allowing the company to emerge [from bankruptcy] some time in February, which is when the name change to Beechcraft Corp. will also become effective.

February 1, 2013 - 4:45am

AgustaWestland is making a new push into South America. The Italian helicopter maker, part of the defense and industrial conglomerate Finmeccanica, signed a memorandum of understanding on January 21 to establish a joint venture with Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer to build AgustaWestland helicopters in Brazil for both the domestic and regional military and civilian markets.

 
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