Norwood Memorial Airport (Mass.) manager Russ Maguire has proposed rules for helicopter operations that he says will improve safety, access and efficiency. But several based helicopter companies and owners claim the rules would severely and unfairly limit their operations. At least one operator, Blue Hill Helicopter, says the rules could drive its pilot training business off the airport.
Aviation International News » January 2011
Abu Dhabi Airports Company is slashing prices for landing and parking fees at Abu Dhabi’s Al Bateen Executive Airport, effective immediately. Al Bateen is the region’s only airport dedicated to business aviation.
Elbit Systems of America has completed its $85 million purchase of San Antonio, Texas-based aircraft services provider M7 Aerospace. The company, which provides aerostructure manufacturing and MRO capabilities, is also the current type certificate holder for the former Fairchild Metro and Merlin turboprops.
Cessna Citation 501, West Midlands, UK, Nov. 19, 2010–The twinjet was destroyed when it caught fire after striking the ILS glideslope antenna while landing in fog at Birmingham International Airport at the end of an organ transport flight. The pilot was seriously injured, while the copilot was treated for burns and released the next day. The organ was recovered from the wreckage and was safely delivered to the hospital.
The Quebec Human Rights Tribunal has ordered Bombardier to pay a Pakistani-born Canadian citizen more than $319,000 for denying him Challenger 604 flight training in 2004, after U.S. authorities identified him as a “threat to aviation or national security.” In its ruling, the tribunal deemed Javed Latif a victim of discrimination based on his ethnic and national origin.
Jan. 5, 2011:
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Part 139 Certified Airports
The single-aisle and widebody bizliner completion business is gaining traction on a global scale, and with new-aircraft sales by Airbus and Boeing on the rise, available slots for the highly specialized task of outfitting these large private aircraft could fill quickly, leaving some owners with a green airplane and no place to have it completed.
At the same time Gulfstream Aerospace is preparing an assembly plant for its new G650, the Savannah-based OEM is also readying an adjacent building for cabin completion work. The completion facility is in a former service center currently being used for flight-test operations. Gulfstream expects all G650 assembly and outfitting to be done at the main Savannah plant.
Duncan Aviation recently integrated an iPad application for wireless control of the cabin management system in a Falcon 900.
As a follow-on to its retrofit Select CMS (cabin management system) for super-midsize and large-cabin business jets and single-aisle bizliners, Flight Display Systems is offering a scaled-down Club CMS retrofit package for midsize and light jets.