The aviation scene is improving at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, with renovation of the famous terminal building under way, construction of a new Odyssey Aviation FBO in its early stages and a grand opening on May 28 for Flightline First’s newly renovated FBO. The $1.5 million job included a complete refurbishment of Flightline First’s art deco-style building.
Aviation International News » July 2009
It shouldn’t be news that a corporate flight department is inviting the public to a day of fun at the local airport, but in an era when users of private jets are being vilified by the general media, this is an example of community relations that other flight departments might want to emulate.
Teterboro Airport in New Jersey will close from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. from July 10 to 12 and 17 to 19, as well as one more 24-hour weekend period yet to be decided, according to NBAA. The airport is milling, repaving and grooving Runway 6-24 and installing runway centerline and touchdown zone lights. Check notams and www.nbaa.org/ops/
The EAA announced that Elvis, one of 17 S-64 Aircranes operated and owned by Erickson, will be on display at its annual convention in Wisconsin this month and would likely fly demonstration slurry drops from its massive 2,650-gallon tank. The Oregon company builds, sells and operates S-64s in a variety of firefighting, construction and logging applications.
AgustaWestland last month announced that Tim Peake, an AgustaWestland senior test pilot, was selected by the European Space Agency as the first British astronaut to join the European Astronaut Corps. The European Space Agency began looking for four new (in addition to the current eight) astronauts in May last year to conduct future missions. The selection process lasted 12 months, with the ESA receiving 8,413 valid applications.
Late in May, Eurocopter signed a new agreement with four of five unions represented at the company in France. The main goal of the work time agreement is to adapt to higher production rates, while simultaneously making provisions for possible ramp-downs. Due to different arrangements in the previous agreement, there are only four-and-a-half hours per day when all production employees are working on the line.
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Bedford, Texas-based RebTech will install NVG panels in 32 more Air Evac Lifeteam EMS helicopters by the end of the year. The company has already modified 17 helicopters for Air Evac.
AgustaWestland’s order book for the AW139 medium twin now exceeds 430. The latest order is from Egypt’s Petroleum Air Services for two and options on two more. PAS services platforms in the Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea.
The Pentagon will spend an additional $1.2 billion to wind down the controversial Presidential helicopter replacement program and modernize the existing fleet of 30-year-old VH-3s currently used for the mission. That is on top of the $3.2 billion already spent on the program since 2005.