In late May Embraer celebrated the entry into service of the first of two E190s with Air Astana, the national flag carrier of Kazakhstan, in a ceremony at the airline’s headquarters, in Almaty. The airline operates the airplane on a lease agreement from Florida’s Jetscape. Air Astana also signed a lease deal with Steven Udvar Hazy’s Air Lease Corp.
Aviation International News » July 2011
Honda Aircraft has achieved new milestones during flight testing of the first FAA-conforming HondaJet (F1), including reaching a maximum speed of 425 knots (true airspeed), rate of climb of 3,990 fpm and maximum operating altitude of 43,000 feet. Powered by two GE Honda HF120 turbofans, the $4.5 million HondaJet is scheduled to enter service in the third quarter of next year.
The FAA has issued the type certificate for the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 250. Key features of the latest iteration of the King Air product line include BLR Aerospace composite winglets, Hartzell ASC-II composite four-blade propellers and Raisbeck Engineering ram-air recovery system. The new propellers, equipped with lightweight aluminum hubs, shave 65 pounds off the King Air 250’s empty weight.
The first flight of the midsize Legacy 500 remains on schedule for the second half of this year and will take place at Embraer’s facility in São José dos Campos, Brazil, according to Maurício Almeida, v-p of Embraer’s executive jet programs. The 500’s design is now frozen and all drawings, except for some assembly drawings, are complete.
BAE Systems has announced a plan to implement a new “regionalized” strategy to support the Latin American market, where some 90 of its aircraft are now in service with nearly 40 operators. The company unveiled the new support strategy at its first ever Americas operators’ conference, held in Lima, Peru, May 23 and 24.
Airbus has appointed Comlux America of Indianapolis an approved cabin outfitter. Customers have the option of working directly with Comlux and managing the cabin completion themselves or Airbus will help customers draw a cabin specification that they can then use to get a bid.
A Florida court has upheld Miami-Dade County’s decision to award Landmark Aviation a 10-year operating lease for its FBO at Miami International Airport (MIA). Former operator Signature Flight Support had filed a lawsuit against the county, alleging that Landmark “knowingly submitted false and/or misleading financial information to meet a request for proposal’s minimum qualifications.”
West Star Aviation recently installed the first Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 upgrade on the Falcon 2000. The upgrade is now available for Pro Line 4-equipped Falcon 2000/2000EXs.
In the first four months since U.S. Customs operations began at Naples Municipal Airport, 183 aircraft have been cleared through the new facility.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) has formally responded to the FAA’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would create a requirement for all commercially served airports as well as some serving large on-demand charter aircraft to develop and implement a safety management system (SMS).