The EASA certified the Hubbard Aviation Technologies QS3 hushkit system for the Gulfstream II, IISP, IIB and III as meeting Chapter 3 noise requirements. The certification means that QS3-equipped Gulfstreams have “unrestricted access to Europe’s leading business airports,” according to the company.
Aviation International News » July 2011
Sheltair recently completed the expansion of its FBO ramp at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. The addition increases the available parking area by 100,000 sq ft, bringing the total to 230,000 sq ft. The ramp expansion is part of a new terminal development project that includes a 5,000-sq-ft executive facility, a 9,100-sq-ft hangar and nearly 1,700 sq ft of additional office space.
Sikorsky delivered three S-92s to the Royal Thai Air Force outfitted for head-of-state missions. Crew training started at Lop Buri Air Base, for an expected duration of six months. One of the aircraft features the first installation of a LifePort medical kit in an S-92.
UK-based aircraft management, charter and maintenance provider Eurojet Aviation has selected Birmingham Airport as the location for its third FBO. The new £5 million ($8.1 million) facility will include a factory-authorized service center and a commercial operations center in addition to the FBO. The maintenance facility is scheduled to begin operations by year-end. Eurojet expects the completed facility will employ up to 50 people.
Aircraft charter and management firm Solairus Aviation plans to open an East Coast regional office in the New York area. This comes on the heels of the company’s opening a new Denver office. In other news at the company, Solairus recently added new members to its charter sales and flight operations teams: Oliver Wolcott, vice president of business development; Mark Hill, charter sales account executive; and Ryan Rakow, flight coordinator.
International aviation services provider ExecuJet Aviation has expanded its ground-handling portfolio with the addition of FBOs at Gerona, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca. According to Cedric Migeon, the company’s managing director for Europe, “By expanding our FBO bases now we are well positioned for when the Spanish economy begins to rebound.
Air Methods is continuing to expand through aggressive acquisitions. Last month the largest helicopter EMS company in the U.S. announced it is acquiring the parent of competitor Omniflight for $200 million. Omniflight operates 100 aircraft from 75 bases in 18 states and is headquartered in Addison, Texas. Last year it posted revenues of $172 million. Air Methods operates a fleet of 300 aircraft nationwide.
Iran is continuing its global, coordinated and illegal campaign to smuggle Bell helicopters and spares to keep its fleet flying in contravention of international arms embargoes. Several high-profile international arrests in late May, one in London and the remainder in Spain, point to a fresh round of smuggling activity.
JetNet released its first 10-year business jet delivery forecast last month, predicting worldwide deliveries of 11,476 new business jets worth $258 billion by 2020. In January, the company launched its new JetNet iQ survey program and used the more than 1,000 global responses it received, combined with product life cycle, market value analysis and other economic indicators, to shape its forecast.
The NTSB is investigating the forced landing of a vintage B-17 Flying Fortress near Aurora Municipal Airport in Illinois last month. There were seven people aboard and no reported injuries after an in-flight fire occurred. The B-17, named Liberty Belle, was operated by the Liberty Foundation. Earlier in its life, the same B-17 was used by Pratt & Whitney Canada to test the T34 and PT6 turboprop engines.