Aviation International News » January 2012

January 5, 2012 - 12:15am

The FAA spelled out how it intends to start charging for digital navigation charts at a December 13 meeting held by FAA Aeronautical Navigation Products (AeroNav).

January 4, 2012 - 6:00am

Australia’s Skywest Airlines plans to introduce five more ATR 72-600s leased from Singapore’s Avation PLC, which placed a firm order for the airplanes with ATR last month. Scheduled for delivery from early 2013 through early 2014, the five new aircraft will fly as Virgin Australia under a wet-lease contract with Skywest.

January 4, 2012 - 5:30am

Bangkok FBO MJets hopes that operations at Don Mueang Airport could resume by early February, following serious flooding that has closed it since late October. According to MJets, the airport, has been dry since early December and clean up work has been under way for several weeks at the MJets FBO. It may take until May to get all repairs complete. During the flooding crisis, the company has been able to provide handling for aircraft using Utapao Airport in Pattaya, some 100 miles southeast of the city.

January 4, 2012 - 5:25am
Bill Boisture

While Boisture’s assessment appears accurate, there are also signs that Hawker Beechcraft remains stuck, not between a rock and a hard place, but between a hard place and a harder place. And while some of Wichita-based OEM’s problems have their source in the current recession, others are more than a decade in the making, well before Boisture began his tenure at HBC in 2009.

January 4, 2012 - 5:10am

The FAA has proposed levying a $777,000 fine against Seattle-based Horizon Air for allegedly operating 32 Bombardier Q400s on 49,870 flights while the airplanes didn’t comply with FARs. The FAA alleges Horizon installed new external lighting systems on the aircraft, but did not conduct required tests for radio frequency and electromagnetic interference before returning the aircraft to service. Horizon operated the aircraft between Oct. 19, 2009 and Mar. 17, 2010, before the FAA discovered the compliance problems during routine surveillance.

January 4, 2012 - 4:50am
WireWatch on Sandel’s ST3400H HeliTaws.

Sandel Avionics has shipped the first production WireWatch helicopter wire alerting system software upgrade to Agusta A109 operator North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsville, Minn. MSP Aero of Minneapolis is installing the upgrade.

January 4, 2012 - 4:25am
Diamond D-Jet

Judging from the new aircraft programs that are speeding toward certification and those that are languishing, there is a clear indication of where the general aviation industry is heading. The trend is toward well financed, large-company programs involving mostly larger jets. With the exception of Honda and Cessna, smaller jets and turboprops are attracting little or no new money and will face growing challenges to eventual entry into service.

January 4, 2012 - 4:20am
(L to r) Executive AirShare chairman and CEO Bob Taylor, Embraer Executive Jets

On December 5, Embraer Executive Jets opened its Global Customer Center at the Melbourne International Airport in Florida and simultaneously delivered the first U.S.-assembled Phenom 100 to Executive AirShare. With this delivery, the Kansas City, Mo.-based fractional provider now has 18 Phenoms (thirteen 100s and five 300s).

January 4, 2012 - 4:00am

The U.S. government claims that NetJets owes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) nearly $643 million in federal excise taxes, assessed penalties and interest. The amount is just $125 million less than the $768 million in pre-tax earnings that NetJets parent Berkshire Hathaway reported in its last financial report for the “other” category of subsidiaries that includes NetJets, FlightSafety International and other businesses.

January 4, 2012 - 3:05am
Lexavia skid tube mount

Lexavia Integrated Systems expected to receive its first supplemental type certificate (STC) for an enhanced vision system (EVS) on the Eurocopter AS355 around the end of last year.