Aviation International News » March 2009

February 27, 2009 - 11:47am

Bombardier Aerospace has missed its January 31 target for converting a letter of interest (LOI) for “up to” 60 C Series airliners from Lufthansa, leaving the program devoid of orders some seven months after the official launch during last year’s Farnborough Air Show. However, Bombardier and Lufthansa continue to assert that plans remain in place to convert the LOI in due course.

February 27, 2009 - 11:46am

Textron has plans to boost its liquidity by at least $1 billion in the first half of this year and, if successful, the company “won’t have to think about selling any of our core assets,” according to chairman and CEO Lewis Campbell. The Providence, R.I.-based company has already divested itself of a lesser, unidentified asset and is in the process of exiting its finance business.

February 27, 2009 - 11:37am

Now more than five years old, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is succeeding in fulfilling its primary mission of implementing a single set of rules across 31 countries but the agency must reassess its stance on certification fees, according to industry stakeholders.

February 27, 2009 - 11:37am

William “Bill” McGrath, 60, died in late December, following a battle with cancer. After flying B-52s in the USAF, McGrath began his business aviation career in 1985, joining Dallas-based SimuFlite as director of marketing and sales. He served as president and CEO of Vector Training Systems, and led sales and marketing efforts for SkyPlus Technologies before establishing his own consulting business.

February 27, 2009 - 11:35am

Textron has promoted Scott Donnelly to president, in addition to his COO role. Richard Yates, the company’s senior v-p and controller, has been named acting CFO after the recent departure of executive v-p and CFO Ted French.

February 27, 2009 - 11:35am

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) may tighten some of the provisions for flight time limitations (FTL) contained in Sub- part Q of its existing EU OPS 1 rules covering commercial aircraft operations. The possible changes result from a recently concluded scientific and medical evaluation conducted on the agency’s behalf by an independent committee of fatigue experts.

February 27, 2009 - 11:33am

GlobalAir.com last month announced the addition of a winds-aloft forecast to the national weather section of its airport resource center. The new section includes a forecast of wind and temperature at specific altitudes.

February 27, 2009 - 11:32am

The Gulf region continues to adopt corporate versions of the BAe 146/Avro RJ regional jetliner, generically dubbed the Avro Business Jet (ABJ). Next month, the UAE’s Abu Dhabi will take into its Amiri Flight a late-model RJ100 that will join a smaller RJ70. Other ABJs serve with the neighboring Dubai Air Wing, which operates two RJ85s. Bahrain flies a brace of RJ85s and a lone RJ100 that are assigned to its Defence Force.

February 27, 2009 - 11:30am

Dallas-based Avatas Aerospace, an FAA-approved repair station specializing in the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A, has acquired Hyannis, Mass.-based Prime Turbines. Prime Turbines’ services include hot-section inspections; power section and gas generator repair; and fuel nozzle and bleed valve overhaul and exchange for PT6 engines. Prime Turbines is also an authorized distributor of FAA PMA parts for PT6 hot sections.

February 27, 2009 - 11:29am

Piedmont Aircraft last month launched as an aircraft sales company for pre-owned Beechcraft and Hawker aircraft. Industry veteran Tom Mekis is leading the company as president and CEO. Piedmont Aircraft has offices in Winston-Salem and Charlotte, N.C., and Leesburg, Va.