Pratt & Whitney Canada has signed a multi-year fleet management program contract with Aramco Associated, an affiliate of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco). Under the terms of the contract, P&WC will provide engine support for the Saudi Aramco-operated AgustaWestland AW139 fleet based in Saudi Arabia. The program’s guaranteed maintenance cost plan contract covers PT6 engines over the term of the agreement.
Aviation International News » March 2011
The FAA issued operational certification for the Dassault Falcon 7X enhanced vision system (EVS), which will allow pilots who have completed the required training to receive operational credit for lower IFR approaches. The 7X EVS allows pilots to descend as low as 100 feet above threshold elevation, equivalent to Category II minimums, according to Dassault Falcon.
A ceremony was held last month at the Naval Air Station at Brunswick, Maine to celebrate the “approval of the public benefit conveyance of the property to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority.” This event marks the official transfer of the former military base and its 990 acres of runways, hangars, ramps and other facilities to civilian use.
Charter operator VistaJet has taken luxury a step further with a cabin makeover that includes everything from cashmere blankets to designer uniforms for the crew.
PS Engineering has found a big market for the small package that is its PAV80 audio/video entertainment system.
Shell fuels distributor Eastern Aviation Fuels has added two new FBOs to its network. Co-Mar Aviation at Warren County Regional Airport in Bowling Green, Ky., offers aircraft service, corporate jet hangarage and a general aviation terminal with a flight planning room, meeting room, pilot lounge and complementary Wi-Fi access.
Boeing Field now has an FAA Part 145 repair station, at Executive Flight.
“We are pleased to be the exclusive Part 145 facility at Boeing Field,” said Mike Mahood, director of maintenance. “Our Wenatchee, Washington operation has been a Part 145 facility for 30 years.”
by Charles Alcock
The annual World Economic Forum (WEF), held during the last week of January, in the Swiss resort of Davos once again brought a bumper crop of business aircraft traffic to local FBOs. Both the main handling companies at nearby Zurich Airport reported an increase in movements compared with the 2010 event.
Eurocopter took in more revenue last year than in 2009 but its order book did not fare as well, the company reported in late January. While the number of deliveries increased–buoyed by the more lucrative medium-twin segment–orders dropped below a six-year average.
Two years ago Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling said he hoped to see a diesel-powered EC120 flying in 2011, but this past January he conceded that that milestone event might still be “a few years” in the future. While the company has made progress toward the necessary power and weight reductions, he cited a need for more progress in reliability.