Rod Holter has joined Hawker Beechcraft as v-p and general manager for aircraft manufacturing. Most recently he served as Cessna’s v-p for the Mustang, single-engine and outlying facilities.
Aviation International News » July 2010
Aircraft Performance Group (APG) cofounder Rogers Hemphill believes that the business aviation industry is moving into a new era of applying technology to performance analysis, akin to how computer flight plans revolutionized the calculation of optimum flight profiles.
Aircraft performance is a subject that many pilots dread, during both preflight planning and post-lunch ground school sessions in stuffy classrooms when the lines on flight manual charts blend together as eyelids droop and weary brains reject the stimulus of yet more caffeine.
Some in the business aviation industry leave behind their families and jobs to serve in active war zones. In the continuing AIN series intended to recognize those in our community who defend the way of life we continue to enjoy back home, senior editor David A. Lombardo spoke with chief pilot David Cassalia about his recent service in the U.S. Army. This is Cassalia’s story.
Chase Larabee has launched a new Web-based service called AllFBO.com to eliminate the problem of pilots showing up at an FBO only to find that the customer service representatives have no record of prearranged fuel, crew and rental cars, catering and hangar storage services.
Switzerland’s Ruag Aerospace plans to deliver its first new-build 19-seat Dornier Do-228 New Generation to an as yet unidentified Japanese commuter airline at the end of September, Ruag Aerospace Services sales director Hubert Seher told AIN at the Regional Airline Association Convention in Milwaukee in late May.
New Bose technology designed to dampen the road vibration translated into semi-truck cab seats could be applied to helicopters, according to at least one leading aircraft seating engineer.
Dornier Seaplane - Seastar
Dornier Seaplane has selected Montreal suburb Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu as the location to build a new facility for final assembly of the all-composite, twin-turboprop Seastar amphibian. The site is near Lake Champlain, ideal for production test flights and demonstrations of the Seastar’s amphibious capability.
Iridium Communications of McLean, Va., last month placed a multibillion-dollar order with Thales Alenia Space of France for 81 communications satellites needed to upgrade its global satellite communications network. The $2.1 billion deal includes 66 low-earth-orbit satellites for the Iridium Next constellation, with the remainder to serve as spares.
Innotech Aviation in Montreal is closing in on an FAA STC permitting installations of ViaSat Ku-band satellite data hardware aboard the Bombardier Global Express. ViaSat’s Yonder Ku-band service provides data connections in flight of up to 10 megabits per second, making it the fastest commercial Internet service available.