Aviation International News » March 2013

March 3, 2013 - 12:40am
European helicopter EMS operators that add a second flight crewmember would need a heavier helicopter to carry the same payload, and there is no plan for the Ministry of Health to make up for the subsequent higher costs.

A Europe-wide proposed regulation, combined with a lack of response from national authorities, will have a serious impact on the financial viability of helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) in France, according to Union Française de l’Hélicoptère (UFH). The lobbying association warns that the likely requirement for a second flight crewmember would create a costly burden and do nothing to benefit the missions French HEMS operators are allowed to perform.

March 3, 2013 - 12:15am

Eurocopter is currently working on three “X” projects–the X indicating they are more or less secret–to replace the Dauphin and Super Puma and an undetermined model. Meanwhile, the EC175 program has slipped a bit more to the right.

March 2, 2013 - 4:22am
Parker engineers work on fly-by-wire  flight control systems integration at  the company’s Control Systems division in Irvine, Calif.

During a visit to Parker Aerospace’s Irvine, Calif., Control Systems Division recently, AIN took a tour through the fly-by-wire flight control systems integration laboratory and received briefing on modern flight control technology. Parker officials also provided information about the company’s work on the Embraer Legacy 450/500 program, which suffered a delay due to changes to the flight control system.

March 2, 2013 - 4:20am
Embraer Legacy 500 on its first flight.

Embraer’s Legacy 450/500 program suffered a one-year delay, although the originally planned 3.5-year span to develop and certify a new airplane incorporating so much new technology might have been ambitious. The fly-by-wire (FBW) Legacy 500 will be first to enter service and is on track for certification in the second half of this year and entry into service by year-end or early next year, followed by the 450 about a year later.

March 2, 2013 - 3:45am
Capt.Hassan Al-Mousawi, Rizon Jet CEO

Rizon Jet is considering legal action in its bid to overturn efforts by Qatar’s Civil Aviation Authority (QCAA) to prevent it from providing handling for third-party operators at its Doha International Airport headquarters. The Qatari company has claimed that after supporting its 2011 investment of approximately $137 million in a new private terminal, the CAA then ordered it not to use this facility for third-party handling.

March 2, 2013 - 3:10am

 

While the business aviation industry greets each morsel of positive economic news with cautious optimism, continuing financial indecision made 2012 another depressed year for turbine aircraft deliveries, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), which released its year-end delivery totals last month.

March 2, 2013 - 3:10am

While the business aviation industry greets each morsel of positive economic news with cautious optimism, continuing financial indecision made 2012 another depressed year for turbine aircraft deliveries, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), which released its year-end delivery totals last month. Last year general aviation reached a milestone of sorts, according to GAMA chairman Brad Mottier. For the first time, he noted, shipments to North American buyers in all three airplane segments–jets, turboprops and pistons–dipped to 50 percent.

March 2, 2013 - 2:20am
Organizers of ABACE 2013, to be held at Hongqiao International Airport and hosted by the Shanghai Hawker Pacific FBO, hope this year’s tally will exceed the 156 exhibitors, 27 display aircraft and 6,375 visitors at the 2012 event. (Photo: David McIntosh)

This year’s Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), which will take place at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport from April 16 to 18, will once again bring together numerous parties who are hopeful that the business aviation market in this vast, fast-growing country will open up and boom. The event is a joint venture among NBAA, the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), Shanghai Exhibition Center and the Shanghai Airport Authority.

March 2, 2013 - 2:19am

The Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) expects this year’s ABACE to be an active one, potentially bringing the region’s business aviation industry out of the doldrums it has been in since the staging of last year’s event.

March 2, 2013 - 2:00am
Eurocopter AS332s (shown) are still flying and filling in for some grounded EC225s.

Eurocopter anticipates that a solution to the main gearbox problem that has grounded the North Sea fleet of EC225s will be available next month. Offshore operators, especially those in the North Sea, have seen major disruption of their activities, as have the oil and gas companies that depend on helicopter transportation for crew changes on their platforms.

 
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