Charles Vehlow, newly appointed president of MD Helicopters, hopes to become the strong link in a broken supply chain that has plagued the Mesa, Ariz.-based manufacturer.
Aviation International News » January 2007
Iridium’s new chief executive comes to the job following seven consecutive quarters of profitability and with plans in place to replace the communication network’s constellation of 66 satellites starting in 2013.
Jeppesen says it’s ready to offer avionics makers an enhanced terrain and synthetic-vision database package that it claims offers a much more accurate model of the world than has been available until now.
Zurich-area airports are preparing to receive a vast influx of business jets bringing high-ranking executives, politicians and celebrities to the annual World Economic Forum, held in the exclusive Swiss city of Davos. Flight planners and FBOs are advising corporate and charter crews to make handling and parking arrangements early to avoid inconvenience.
Swissport Executive Aviation (SEA) was set to open a dedicated business aircraft handling operation at Zurich International Airport on January 1. This is the 57th facility in the company’s business aviation handling network.
Bombardier guarantees its Skyjet International block charter customers availability of a specified type of business aircraft (or a superior model) if a booking is made by 4 p.m. on the day before the required departure date. The company’s ability to deliver on this guarantee depends on its being able to coordinate the charter capacity of Skyjet partner operators worldwide, including some 30 in Europe and 20 in the Middle East and Asia.
Honda engineers built a non-motion simulator–the Honda Nonlinear Aerodynamics Flight Simulator–for test-pilot training and to evaluate the flight characteristics of the jet’s configuration. Tests conducted on the simulator include deep stall, spin, one-engine-out and deployment of the dynamic spin chute.
During a briefing held on November 20, Honda Aircraft president Michimasa Fujino showed off the extensive research and testing that the Honda team has accomplished thus far on the HondaJet and parceled out a few more details about the program.
Stevens Aviation has begun work on the first Sino Swearingen SJ30 interior. The Greenville, S.C.-based shop has signed a letter of intent with Sino Swearingen and anticipates being able to do as many as 12 SJ30 cabins a year, “depending on how fast they can roll them out of the factory,” said Stevens president and COO Glenn Brown.
Canadian interiors specialist Flying Colours has received a contract to convert a Canadair CRJ200 to an executive/VIP configuration. It is in essence a green completion, with the old airline interior gutted and replaced with an executive layout, including new thermal/acoustic and interior shell packages, a galley, an entertainment system from Audio International and LED lighting from Emteq.