Aviation International News » March 2011

February 23, 2011 - 6:15am

With the Super Bowl now ranked as the largest one-day sporting event in the country, managers at FBOs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area knew it would take months of careful planning to accommodate the approximately 4,000 people expected to arrive by private aircraft, and have their customers come away from Super Bowl XLV feeling like a winner.

February 23, 2011 - 5:15am

From EMS Aviation comes Aspire Portable AirMail, a device that operators can bring with them aboard the aircraft.

Weighing just three pounds, Aspire is used specifically for sending and receiving e-mails in flight, “to help operators and passengers fly like they live,” according to the Atlanta-based mobile connectivity specialist.

February 23, 2011 - 5:00am

Jet Aviation is offering an AOG hotline service for Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and Asia to assist aircraft operators with emergency or AOG situations. Calls to the hotline number within Europe should be made to +800 5387 8277 and from outside Europe to +41 58 158 4848. The new hotline joins the existing U.S.-based AOG service located at facilities in St. Louis, Teterboro and Boston/Bedford airports.

February 23, 2011 - 4:45am

Supporting the burgeoning development of wind farms is the next big growth opportunity in the offshore helicopter transportation market, according to Eurocopter UK managing director Markus Steinke. He estimates that by 2020 there will be demand for at least 20 helicopters to be flying to and from offshore wind turbines in the UK sector of the North Sea alone.

February 23, 2011 - 4:45am

Overblown oil prices are far from good news for most of the aviation industry, but the world’s insatiable thirst for fuel is spurring fresh demand for helicopters to serve offshore exploration and production activity. So it was a logical choice for Eurocopter to select Aberdeen in the northeast of Scotland as its first major initiative to bring rotorcraft product support and training infrastructure closer to its operators.

February 23, 2011 - 4:15am

A proposed FAA Airworthiness Directive targets the Embraer Phenom 100’s angle-of-attack (AOA) system. The FAA believes the accumulation of moisture between the AOA vane base assembly and the stationary ring of the sensor’s body can freeze under certain conditions.

February 23, 2011 - 3:00am

Judging by figures released at a Paris press briefing on January 20, the waning resurgence of the commercial turboprop market has, if anything, resumed at a stronger pace than at any other time since the segment began reclaiming lost ground from the regional jet market a half-decade ago, at least for Franco-Italian manufacturer ATR.

February 22, 2011 - 1:20pm

India’s directorate general of civil aviation has certified the Kamov Ka-32A11BC on the basis of the certificate issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency. The first Indian customer, Global Vectra, expects delivery this year and plans to use its medium twin for cargo and construction work.

February 22, 2011 - 12:30pm

The $12,500 price tag on ASiQ’s mobile phone app might seem pricey, but by comparison with the $500,000 private jet mobile phone systems currently in service, it seems reasonable.

February 22, 2011 - 12:10pm

A Lakeland, Fla. man faces 20 years in prison after aiming his laser pointer at a Polk County sheriffπs helicopter conducting a search-and-rescue mission. The laser caused the flight crew to become disoriented and abort the mission.