CHC Helicopter of St. John’s, Newfoundland, last month signed a letter of intent to buy Schreiner Aviation Group in the Netherlands. CHC expects to complete confirmatory due diligence and negotiate final agreements, subject to regulatory approval, for a closing by the end of this month. Schreiner operates 33 helicopters and 17 airplanes, providing air services primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Aviation International News » January 2004
This month NBAA continues a series of seminars on Part 91 Subpart K, the new rule that regulates fractional operations. The next three seminars are scheduled on January 20 in Van Nuys, Calif.; February 20 in Dallas; and June 25 in Chicago. Topics include a review of the FAR revisions; ownership and operator responsibilities; tax and financial implications; international aspects; and aircraft registration options.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now expected to issue an informational circular early this spring on security recommendations for general aviation landing facilities. Pam Hamilton, TSA director of aviation initiatives, said the agency hopes to issue the informational circular by March or April, although it could conceivably come sooner.
The Gulfstream 500 received FAA type certification last month, and customer deliveries of the business jet are scheduled to start early this year. The G500, one of the eight Gulfstreams in the current model line, is a less expensive (approximately $37.5 million), shorter-range (5,800 nm nonstop) and less option-laden version of the $45-plus-million G550.
As reported last month in AIN, under FAA requirements civil jets must be equipped with ELTs starting this month. U.S. operators have been advised to consider installing 406-MHz units because satellite monitoring of 121.5-MHz units is scheduled to end in 2009.
Stage III Technologies, which has been developing a Stage 3 hush kit for Gulfstream IIs and IIIs for more than five years, has received an STC for the Gulfstream IISP (the GII special performance model equipped with winglets). The La Jolla, Calif. company expects by May 1 to have STCs for the entire GII and GIII series. The Stage III system has no moving parts and adds no more than 20 pounds to the aircraft empty weight.
BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has delivered the final Avro RJ to Finnish carrier Blue 1, bringing to an end 22 years of BAe 146/Avro RJ production. An Avro RJ85 that arrived in Helsinki on November 26 was the last of four aircraft ordered by Blue 1. In total, BAE has delivered 390 of the quad-jets. The UK manufacturer will continue to handle customer and product support directly.
A Super Bowl Special Traffic Management Program (STMP) for the Houston area will be in effect January 28 through February 3, requiring all non-airline operators to obtain arrival and departure reservations for seven airports within the greater Houston area. Reservations can be obtained up to 72 hours before arrival and departure times.
Bankrupt Air Canada last month signed a pair of MOUs that call for a split order for 90 airplanes from Bombardier of Canada and Embraer of Brazil. The transactions, which would include firm orders for 15 Bombardier CRJ200s, 30 CRJ700s and 45 Embraer 190s, remain subject to Air Canada’s ability to attract $4 billion in new investment upon emerging from bankruptcy protection.
French regional operator Air Littoral’s future is on a knife edge following the failure of Seven Group–potential buyers of the ailing airline–to pay the purchase price to a Montpellier commercial court. The money was originally due on November 15, but the court extended the deadline to December 18. Seven Group president Mario Palmonella said the money had been delayed by formalities at the London Stock Exchange.