Aviation International News » June 2012

June 5, 2012 - 4:50am

Last month the FAA proposed fining Seattle-based Horizon Air $445,125 for allegedly operating a Bombardier Q400 turboprop on 45 flights after failing to comply with an AD that calls for the airline to inspect for cracked or corroded engine nacelle fittings.

The AD, dated to take effect on March 17 last year, ordered inspections of the nacelles every 300 operating hours and completion of repairs as needed.

June 5, 2012 - 4:30am

International Airlines Group (IAG) has signed a binding agreement to sell Aberdeen, Scotland-based BMI Regional to Sector Aviation Holdings for £8 million ($12.9 million) in cash. The sale includes all BMI Regional’s fixed assets and long-term liabilities, including owned and leased aircraft.

BMI Regional flies a fleet of 18 Embraer ERJ 145s and ERJ 135s throughout the UK and Northern Europe. IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said the deal “should” secure some 330 jobs.

June 5, 2012 - 3:50am

Calgary-based WestJet announced on May 1 that it has signed a letter of intent to buy 20 Bombardier Q400s and take options on another 25. Expected to launch a new regional airline in the second half of 2013, WestJet continues to work on a six-year plan for regional service from various hubs in Canada. Its route network consisting of more than 70 destinations now includes hubs in Calgary and Toronto, as well as so-called focus cities of Edmonton, Winnipeg and Vancouver.

June 5, 2012 - 3:30am

Dallas-based Associated Air Center has launched a full-scale Boeing Business Jet mockup center and says it has exceeded expectations in streamlining the completion turnaround time.

The center allows interior technicians to fit-check cabin furnishings, bulkheads, monuments, headliners, valences and more before the aircraft arrives, allowing technicians to get a jump on fit and trim.

June 5, 2012 - 3:10am

Sikorsky’s Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) has established a base at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (TEB) to provide access to Manhattan from all metro-area airports.

The flight from TEB to the Wall Street heliport takes less than 10 minutes. AAG will be providing the service in S-76s configured for seven passengers and crewed by two pilots. The helicopters are equipped with emergency pop-out floats, EGPWS and traffic avoidance systems.

June 5, 2012 - 3:05am

Duncan Aviation’s latest expansion is a 45,000-sq-ft paint shop and it opened for business last month at the Lincoln, Neb. facility.

The $10 million shop has the latest in downdraft airflow technology, as well as automatic monitoring and alarms. It will accommodate aircraft as large as the Gulfstream G650.

Along with Duncan’s new chrome-free paint process and recently FAA-approved paint process, it “proves Duncan Aviation’s commitment to the environment,” says COO Jeff Lake.

June 5, 2012 - 2:40am

Aircraft Lighting International (ALI) has received parts manufacturer approval (PMA) for its 12-mm LED lights, designed and built as direct replacements for B/E Aerospace and ALI fluorescents.

According to the Mount Sinai, N.Y.-based company, the replacement LEDs require no new wiring, no new lamp holders, no new dimmers and no new controllers. They are fully dimmable and “100-percent interchangeable with existing fluorescent lamps.”

June 5, 2012 - 2:15am
Boy in child seat

Gama Engineering has introduced what it claims is “the first child’s seat certified for takeoff and landing on most business jet configurations.”

The firm, based at Fairoaks Airport in the UK, demonstrated the seat in a Challenger 300 at the EBACE show last month, noting that it is already in service with long-haul carriers Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific.

June 5, 2012 - 1:45am

Satellite communications equipment manufacturer Thrane & Thrane introduced its new flagship Aviation 700D at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) last month in Geneva.

The announcement follows parts manufacturer approval (PMA) from the FAA, allowing certification for use on all aircraft and permitting the Danish company to start worldwide shipment of the product.

June 5, 2012 - 1:15am

SureFlight, a Coatesville, Pa.-based aircraft services center, has expanded its interiors capabilities with the opening of a new refurbishment facility in February, followed by the opening of a new upholstery shop.

“Our interior completion shop is outfitted with the finest equipment available, from German-made Duerkopp-Adler sewing machines to digital skiving machines for leather goods,” said Andy Waynick, the company’s new manager of interior completions.