Aviation International News » July 2006

September 15, 2006 - 8:03am

This example of public art is currently on display in the Residentsplatz in Salzburg, Austria, as part of the city’s 200th anniversary celebrations of its favorite son: composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

September 15, 2006 - 7:56am

If the helicopter industry has been going nowhere fast in recent years, the direction now appears to be up, and shops doing special-mission and corporate helicopter interiors are benefiting.

September 15, 2006 - 7:48am

American Helicopter Society (AHS) president Rhett Flater warns that the rotorcraft industry risks losing one of three university-based Rotorcraft Centers of Excellence, as the result of the U.S. Army’s withdrawing its funding.

September 15, 2006 - 7:47am

Aero Dynamix has received an 11th STC approval for a night vision goggle (NVG)-compatible cockpit modification, this time for the Eurocopter AS 350B3. The company has similar STCs for other Eurocopter, Bell and Agusta helicopters.

The Euless, Texas-based company designs and delivers avionics lighting modifications and has more than 1,000 approved modification procedures for NVIS lighting.

September 15, 2006 - 7:46am

PZL Swidnik in Poland has handed over its 500th airframe–an AW139–to AgustaWestland, marking 10 years of cooperation between the two companies.

The Polish company is a risk-sharing partner on the medium-twin helicopter, which it has been building since 2001. Since then, production numbers have increased, with more than 100 airframes delivered last year.

September 15, 2006 - 7:44am

The Latvian Border Guard has ordered two Agusta A109 Powers to increase its border-patrol capabilities before joining the European Union’s Schengen (open border) program. The new machines supplement a single Agusta Bell 206B that has been in service since the Baltic State’s Guard air unit was formed in 2002. Ten new pilots, who will start training in Italy next winter, will double the unit’s strength.

September 15, 2006 - 7:43am

Sikorsky has taken delivery of a new, ergonomically improved crew seat for the S-92. Supplied by British manufacturer Martin-Baker, best known for fast-jet ejection seats, the new reclining seat features a headrest, adjustable armrests, thigh support and improved seat padding and meets all current FAA safety and crashworthiness requirements.

September 15, 2006 - 7:37am

Mesaba Airlines last month filed a new bankruptcy court petition to void its contracts with its pilots, mechanics and flight attendants, only three weeks after Judge Gregory Kishel ruled that the airline did not meet all the conditions needed to unilaterally impose a 19.4-percent cut in payroll costs.

September 15, 2006 - 7:35am

Royal Jordanian Airlines began flying direct flights to the Kurdish city of Sulaymaniah in northern Iraq last month with one of its recently acquired 70-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprops. The scheduled service, inaugurated on June 5, connects Sulaymaniah with the Jordanian capital Amman each Monday and Friday. The flights, which last roughly two hours, supplement Royal Jordanian’s regular service to Baghdad, Basra and Irbil.

September 15, 2006 - 7:33am

Arik Air, Nigeria’s new airline, took a solid step forward last month when it accepted delivery of the first two Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets in Africa in ceremonies at the Canadian manufacturer’s assembly plant in Mirabel, Quebec. Arik Air took over the defunct Nigeria Airways center in Lagos in April and is rebuilding the facilities there as its base.