Helicopter Service Company (HSC), a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters, has signed an agreement with operator PANH Helicopters. PANH has its own technical support service for Mi-2s, Mi-8s, Mi-26s and Ka-32s in Russia, as well as maintenance stations in Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. It will share information with HSC about the utilization of its own helicopters and those of its technical support clients. In return, HSC is giving priority to PANH for spare parts, at a fixed price. Separately, HSC has opened a 24-hour call center for operators of Russian helicopters.
Aviation International News » July 2012
For King Air G1000 upgraders, a new option is replacement of the old-style incandescent-lighted caution warning panels with a Luma Technologies LED-based panel. Luma and its sister company Advanced Quality Certifications Group received FAA supplemental type certification for the LED panels on the King Air 200, 300, 350 and 350i in May. The company is adding an STC for the C90 in the first quarter of next year. For the King Air line, airplanes that qualify for the LED panels include those with classic avionics, Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 and the recently certified Garmin G1000 upgrades.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized new regulations that will provide relief to airports where de-icing fluid is used. The EPA had proposed more stringent de-ice effluent limitations in 2009, but the agency has incorporated voluntary pollution-reduction programs, according to the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA).
Sagetech is now taking orders for the Clarity line of iPad and Windows tablet/PC ADS-B weather (FIS-B) and traffic (TIS-B) receivers. Two of the Clarity receivers include an AHRS that provides pitch and bank information for synthetic vision apps like Hilton Software’s WingX. The hockey puck-size Clarity units come in four models, ranging from two Core data-only units and two Core SV units with AHRS. The basic Core unit ($699) receives on the 978 UAT ADS-B frequency, which is for aircraft flying below 18,000 feet. The Core Dual ($877) receives on both 978 UAT and 1090ES frequencies.
Embraer plans to introduce gradual improvements to its E-Jets over the next three years, including a fuel-burn-improvement package by year-end, before the planned 2018 service entry of re-engined versions of the E175, E190 and E195, known now as the G2 series. Plans call for new winglets and some aerodynamic “clean-up” to achieve a near-term fuel-burn improvement of 5 percent in the E175 and 3 percent in the E190, said Embraer commercial aviation president Paulo Cesar Silva.
In response to an informal complaint from MSI Aviation–a maintenance service provider at Kentucky’s Lake Cumberland Airport in Somerset–over the lease terms offered to another limited FBO, the FAA has sent a letter to the airport’s board, warning it that it is in violation of the administration’s airport improvement program (AIP) grants. Under the provisions of the AIP grants program, the incentives the airport gave to Somerset Regional Aviation did not result in its getting fair market value for the lease as stipulated by the agreement.
The computerized FBO management system field in the U.S. is about to get more crowded as European developer Amsterdam Software is set to export its web-based FBO One system overseas to challenge rival products such as Total FBO, My FBO and FBO Manager.
Aviation service chain Ross Aviation has purchased and combined Spokane International Airport service provider XN Air and the general aviation handling component of Spokane Airways into one FBO, making it the 15th location in the Denver-based company’s portfolio. In accordance with Ross Aviation policy, the combined facility will operate under the XN Air name as Spokane Airways will continue to exist as a flight school and maintenance provider.
The all-composite Dornier Seastar completed a demo tour of the U.S. and Canada in mid-May, then flew to Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, for a C-check. The tour will resume after the maintenance is done and will cover Europe, India and Asia. Dornier Seastar said it will announce the upcoming destinations this month. The 12-seat twin-turbine amphibian is already FAA and EASA certified. In the third quarter of this year, Dornier Seastar expects to announce selection of a production site, and under review are locations in Canada, China and India.
The AeroNimbus NMX is another entry in the very light jet market, from a Malaysian company that hopes to begin delivering a new jet in the first quarter of 2016. What makes the NMX different from established VLJs such as the Cessna Mustang or Embraer Phenom 100 is its multirole cabin, which can be switched from six-occupant seating in the business version to seven occupants for air-taxi or five plus patient in medevac configuration.