Dassault Aviation conducted a "successful" flight test to evaluate laminar wings for large business jets. The flight was performed at the companyπs flight-test center in Istres, France, using a Falcon 7X equipped with an infrared camera to measure differences in surface temperatures between laminar and turbulent areas of the horizontal tailplane.
Aviation International News » March 2011
A change in management philosophy at Seattle-based Horizon Air will next see it adopt the colors and livery of its parent company, Alaska Airlines, and largely retire the Horizon brand by some time early next year.
A new National Park Service proposal to cap the number and further restrict the routes of flights near the Grand Canyon is being criticized as overly restrictive by individual operators and the United States Air Tour Association. The new rules would prohibit direct overflights and mandate operators convert to "quiet technology" aircraft within the next decade.
JetWorks Air Center in Denton, Texas, has begun work on an MD-87 to reconfigure the airliner to serve an executive role for a Middle East organization. The multimillion-dollar contract calls for a 24-passenger cabin with amenities such as high-speed Internet access, Wi-Fi connectivity and a high-definition entertainment system.
The FAA will host an "informational meeting" on rule changes at Heli-Expo. The meeting will be held on March 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. in Room S.310 of the Orange County (Fla.) Convention Center to discuss possible changes to the rules that govern the helicopter industry.
China's aviation authorities started to allow helicopters to fly in low-altitude airspace in late January, as a first step toward a greater opening to private aircraft, state media reported. The first tests, which are scheduled to last two months, involve four helicopters and eight pilots flying over the island of Hainan at 3,000 feet agl.
Cessna Aircraft and Bell Helicopter emerged from 2010 with relatively healthy fourth-quarter revenues and aircraft delivery increases, according to the earnings report for the period released in late January by parent company Textron.
Greenpoint Technologies of Kirkland, Wash., has ordered the CTT Systems Cair cabin humidification package for installation in a BBJ3 this spring/summer. The Nykoping, Sweden-based firmπs Cair provides a relative cabin humidity of about 20 percent, compared with the typical 3- to 5-percent humidity.
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