Aviation International News » January 2012

January 2, 2012 - 4:55am
Sundance AS350B2

A 1989 Eurocopter AS350B2 registered to Sundance Helicopters crashed December 7 during a twilight tour flight near Nevada’s Hoover Dam, killing all five aboard. The helicopter crashed the day after it was returned from maintenance for a 100-hour inspection and the replacement of its Turbomeca Arriel 1D1 engine, a main-rotor blade actuator and a tail-rotor actuator due to life-limit requirements.

January 2, 2012 - 4:10am

It is with some justification that Theodore “Teddy” Forstmann, the founder of Forstmann Little & Company, is described in aviation circles as “the man who saved Gulfstream.”

January 2, 2012 - 3:20am

If Charles Dickens were to make a prediction about the state of aircraft maintenance in 2012, he might say it will be the best of times and the worst of times. The good news is business is picking up; the bad news is there are problems.

January 2, 2012 - 3:05am

The FAA’s ambitious ATC modernization effort known as the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) faces an unsettled 2012 and beyond after a number of setbacks in 2011.

January 2, 2012 - 2:55am

If there is a bright spot in aviation, it has to be avionics, where development of new technologies is still accelerating.

The most fascinating change during the past year has been how consumer electronics in the form of Apple’s game-changing iPad have upended the avionics industry. Pilots are swapping their traditional electronic flight bags (EFBs) for iPads loaded with charts, moving-map displays and even airborne XM weather and synthetic vision.

January 2, 2012 - 2:20am

After months of talks between House and Senate negotiators over FAA reauthorization, a compromise agreement remains stalled, primarily because of a labor dispute between the major airlines and organized labor. Although both chambers in Congress profess the need for long-term legislation to set the course for agency programs and funding, at press time the issue appeared to be headed into the New Year without resolution.

January 2, 2012 - 2:05am
India’s general aviation fleet–which currently encompasses  552 aircraft–is expe

India’s Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA) has absorbed the Business Aviation Association of India (BAAI) to fortify the country’s business-aviation sector. The newly enlarged group will be known as the BAOA, a not-for-profit group recognized by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).

January 2, 2012 - 1:55am
CitationAir CEO William Schultz

When CitationAir founder and CEO Steve O’Neill left the company at the beginning of November, the transition in leadership was expected to be nearly seamless, especially since the man who was promoted to succeed him had been with the fractional provider as long as O’Neill himself.

William (Bill) Schultz, previously the company’s executive vice president, was named to the top position in September, two months before O’Neill’s departure.

January 2, 2012 - 1:35am
Line Shack

When is a line shack really a line shack? When the roof is rusting tin, the sides are weathered-gray barn board, the front porch looks like home to a half-dozen lazy hounds and the emergency equipment consists of an old metal-wheeled cart and fire extinguisher sitting on the front lawn.

Welcome to The Line Shack, an FBO at Ardmore Municipal Airport, located about halfway between Oklahoma City and Dallas, and a long dry walk from everywhere.

January 2, 2012 - 1:10am

Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines last month announced that it had begun what it called a comprehensive program to cut costs and enhance liquidity, centering on initiatives to modify its agreements with mainline airline partners, equipment lessors, debt holders, real estate lessors and vendors.