Aviation International News » June 2010

May 26, 2010 - 9:24am

At last month’s Ebace, Townsend Leather promoted its latest Milano collection of upholstery leather–four patterns in 14 colors each from rich creams to pewter, all inspired by the ancient Italian city of da Vinci.

The Johnstown, N.Y.-based firm also showed off its new Gerber hide-cutting machine operation, which allows digitized cutting to ensure the best yield from any hide.

May 26, 2010 - 9:23am

The I-Shade cabin light management system has been picked by Nextant Aerospace for its 400Next upgrade of the Beechjet 400A.

The I-Shade “smart” windows will be integrated into the Rockwell Collins Venue cabin management system on the 400Next “to create a seamless cabin environment management system.”

May 26, 2010 - 9:21am

Dassault is about to receive certification for a “nose-up autobrake” feature to further cut Falcon 2000-series landing distances, chief test pilot Philippe Deleume told AIN last month. The technique will reduce landing distances by approximately 150 feet, thus helping the 2000DX/EX/LX meet London City Airport requirements.

May 26, 2010 - 9:17am

General aviation deliveries experienced an overall drop in the first quarter from the same period last year, according to numbers released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, but the decline was not as severe as that seen between 2008 and 2009, adding fuel to the speculation that the industry may have weathered the worst of the recent downturn.

May 26, 2010 - 8:44am

Business aircraft flight activity increased 4.8 percent in April compared with year-ago levels, according to TraqPak data released by aviation specialized services firm Argus. By aircraft type, midsize jets led with a 7.7-percent increase over the same month last year, followed by light jets (+7 percent) and turboprops (+4.4 percent). Large-cabin jet flying fell 4.6 percent year-over-year.

May 26, 2010 - 8:43am

The FAA rejected a request from Brazilian politicians to revoke the pilot certificates of the two U.S. pilots involved in the 2006 midair over the Amazon jungle.

May 26, 2010 - 8:39am

President Barack Obama nominated John Pistole as assistant secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, a position where he would also lead the Transportation Security Administration. Pistole’s nomination follows two previous failed attempts to fill the position over the past year. He currently serves as the deputy director of the FBI, a position he has held since October 2004.

May 26, 2010 - 8:37am

The November 2006 fatal crash of the Grob G180A SPn prototype was caused by failure of the twinjet’s horizontal stabilizer, which “suffered an in-flight breakup due to aerodynamic flutter,” according to the final report issued by the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation (BFU). While the cause of the flutter was

May 26, 2010 - 8:36am

Northwest Florida Beaches Airport (KECP) near Panama City, Fla., the first new greenfield airport since Denver International in 1995, opened last month.

May 26, 2010 - 8:34am

Flight Options took delivery of its first Embraer Phenom 300. The Cleveland-based fractional aircraft provider has a firm order for 100 of the light jets and options on 50 more. The Phenom 300s are scheduled to be delivered at a rate of about 10 per year over the next 10 years. The first three fractional Phenoms have already been