Brazil’s Cenipa accident investigation bureau has issued its report on the September 2006 midair over the Amazon, along with an NTSB dissent.
Aviation International News » January 2009
Elvis Presley’s 1962 Lockheed JetStar–the only one of the three aircraft owned by The King still in private hands–was put on the auction block December 19 at the 35th Annual Las Vegas Collector Car Auction. According to auctioneer Kruse International, the jet has never been restored and features the original exterior and interior.
Airbus last month established the Airbus Corporate Foundation to coordinate charitable activities among its employees, aviation associations and international organizations. The foundation launched operations December 1, with Airbus president and CEO Tom Enders as president of the board of directors. It will focus its resources on humanitarian and community support, youth development and the environment.
OnAir has signed its first executive contract and will provide its Mobile OnAir package for installation in an Airbus A319 owned by a Middle East customer. Using GPRS and GMS networks, the service will provide full voice and data connectivity, allowing in-flight use of BlackBerry-type devices and personal cellphones.
Pilatus Aircraft has appointed Pro-Star Aviation of Londonderry, N.H., a new sales representative and service center for its PC-12NG turboprop single in the northeastern U.S. The company’s territory will cover New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and Michigan.
Aircraft spares and logistics specialist AJ Walter Aviation has established a UK-based consortium to provide more capacity in the business aircraft completions sector. The new AJW Aviation Management Services subsidiary will provide project management services for completions jobs, with the work shared among MacCarthy Interiors, Inflite Engineering Services and Tenencia Aerospace Design.
Paul Theofan, a veteran of more than 20 years at Unison Industries, has been named president and managing executive of General Electric subsidiary GE Aviation Czech. This past June, GE acquired assets of powerplant manufacturer Walter Engines in hopes of increasing its involvement in the small turboprop segment. The company’s Czech division employs about 400 workers in a new facility near Prague.
The first business jet hub in China is expected to open this year at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. Hongqiao Airport Business Aviation Center, a joint venture between the Shanghai airport authority and Hawker Pacific of Australia, will be able to handle as many as 6,000 aircraft movements a year. Meanwhile, Chinese officials continue to work on opening up China’s airspace to allow more private aircraft flights in the country.
The European Aviation Safety Agency has completed ETSO-C113
certification of Barco’s new CDMS-3000 control display unit. The Belgium-based flight display specialist is close to confirming an application for the new product in the regional airliner market.
A federal jury last month rejected a claim by Honeywell that Sandel Avionics of Vista, Calif., violated its patents, ending more than six years of legal battles over terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS) technology.