In a large building in Belfast near where thousands of hard-working laborers hammered thick steel plates to massive ribs and fittings using thumb-size rivets to build the Titanic, Bombardier Aerospace is carving its own advanced technology niche, building wings for new aircraft models almost entirely from composite materials.
Aviation International News » July 2011
A new draft Advisory Circular from the FAA is prompting industry concerns with regard to the viability of some existing heliports and the ability to expand/improve them or build new ones, particularly in urban areas. Concerned stakeholders will have the opportunity to meet with the FAA to discuss the heliport design AC (No. 150/5390-2C) at a two-day meeting at the Helicopter Association International (HAI) headquarters Alexandria, Va.
FinServe Aviation Insurance introduced an insurance program designed specifically for business aircraft owners and operators in Europe. According to the company, the program covers a broader range of risks associated with business aviation than a standard aircraft insurance policy.
Santa Monica, Calif. city officials said last month that they would not contest a federal court’s ruling that the city could not ban Category C and D aircraft from Santa Monica Airport. This brings to an end a three-year battle over such operations at the airport. “The council’s announcement follows a January 21 ruling by the U.S.
Flight Options launched a new membership program for its Embraer Phenom 300s that combines the advantages of fractional ownership with the flexibility of a jet card. The new Flight Options Jet Club Membership program, which offers members access to the Phenom 300 without the asset purchase or monthly management fees, has two levels: 75 or 150 hours of flight time in the Phenom 300, to be used anytime within the 36-month membership period.
Honeywell’s corporate Gulfstream G450 made bizav history when it landed at Le Bourget in time for the Paris Air Show after the first transatlantic flight using biofuel, a trip that resulted in net equivalent savings for the seven-hour flight of roughly 5.5 metric tons of CO2.
Goodrich, which completed its purchase of a majority of DeCrane Aerospace assets last year, has introduced its Platinum HD cabin management system.
The system, which featured two Blu-ray players in demonstrations at the Ebace show, offers 1080p resolution and comes with monitors ranging in size from 12 to 42 inches.
Duncan Aviation has received Service Mark approval by the United States Patent and Trademark office for its iCabin, an integrated iPad application for wireless control of cabin systems in a Falcon 900 using an Aircell CTR Wi-Fi source and an interface unit to communicate instructions to Honeywell’s MH CMS.
EMS Aviation of Moorestown, N.J., brought its Aspire satellite-based, in-flight connectivity systems to Ebace, including its new AirMail portable e-mail product and a touch-screen, color handset.
EMS began shipping its Aspire 200 in North America this spring and the first installation is in a Hawker 4000. Additional installations on a Citation Sovereign and several other aircraft are expected by the end of summer.
Thrane & Thrane was demonstrating its new Aviator wireless handset at Ebace, offering at last a handset of a size to warrant the term “small.”