The British Columbia Supreme Court has approved CHC Helicopter’s planned $3.7 billion sale to a fund controlled by Connecticut-based First Reserve. The deal is expected to close this month. CHC is the world’s largest provider of helicopter services to the offshore oil and gas industry and operates 250 aircraft in 35 countries. The sale price is a combination of cash and debt assumption.
Aviation International News » June 2008
In a briefing sponsored by the Flight Safety Foundation in Wash- ington last month, David McMillan, director general of Eurocontrol, told aviation media that the European Union’s Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar) program must have similar systems to the FAA’s NextGen to ensure interoperability.
The final rule on extended operations (ETOPS) remains mandatory starting on August 13. The new rule applies to all multiengine turbine aircraft operated under Part 135 when flown more than 180 minutes flying time at one-engine-inoperative cruise speed from airports meeting Part 135 requirements. The rule will limit the one-engine-inoperative cruise speed flight time to 240 minutes from an adequate airport.
On May 6, very light jet air-taxi operator DayJet put its growth plans on hold after failing to obtain another $50 million in funding to progress to the next stage. As a result, the per-seat, on-demand air taxi laid off 100 of its roughly 260 employees and seeks to sell or lease 16 of its 28 Eclipse 500s.
It looks as though LCD flight displays will be coming to the cockpit of Bombardier’s Global Express sooner than many thought. Honeywell announced that the Canadian business jet builder has selected its DU-875 liquid crystal display upgrade as an aftermarket replacement for the Global’s original Primus 2000XP CRT screens.
Travelers Aviation has increased its aircraft hull coverage limit to $50 million. The new ceiling will allow Travelers to insure larger general aviation aircraft, including jets such as the Gulfstream G550, Falcon 7X and the Bombardier Global Express. Both Travelers Flight Plan Preferred and Travelers Flight Plan Premier policies will now have capacity to insure this new hull limit for eligible accounts.
Signature Flight Support has joined the Microsoft UK Challenge, a four-day charity event organized to raise money for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
ProFlight Proficiency Flight Training of Carlsbad, Calif., will soon be adding a Citation CJ3 simulation device to its training platform. The Fidelity Flight Simulation device includes a Pro Line 21 integrated avionics suite with a three-screen display, APP-85 AFCS, FMS-3000 flight management system and electronic charting capabilities, in addition to a six-axis motion base and a cross-cockpit visual display.
The FAA last month issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FAA-2007-29281) to remove wording in Parts 91, 125 and 135 that currently allows pilots to take off with frost on wings, stabilizers and flight controls “if the frost has been polished to make it smooth.” The polished frost rules are found in 14 CFR 91.527(a), 125.221(a) and 135.227(a).
The European General Aviation Safety Team (EGAST) published in April its Terms of Reference, which describe the organization’s objectives and structure. EGAST, the third element of the European Strategic Safety Initiative (ESSI), is a voluntary partnership among the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), other European intergovernmental bodies and the GA industry.