Lufthansa Technik, which has contracts with Bombardier for the completion of 17 Challenger 850s over the next several years, has already delivered the first, now in service with Suncor Energy of Alberta, Canada. The 50-passenger Challenger is configured for shuttle work.
Aviation International News » May 2006
“It’s like opening night on Broadway,” whispered a visitor to the 2006 Aircraft Interiors Expo, as he edged carefully past a showgoer with two bags stuffed with show literature and a waiter balancing a tray of champagne.
Since its inaugural in Cannes, France, in 2000, the Aircraft Interiors Expo has expanded every year. This year was no different, with yet another hall added to accommodate a total of 504 exhibitors.
Cabin lighting specialist Emteq of New Berlin, Wis., took advantage of Aircraft Interiors Expo 2006 to introduce its Quasar full-spectrum mood lighting system, which it claims is brighter and more consistent than previous products.
In the most recent flare-up of controversy about MU-2 safety and upcoming formal training requirements, a small bit of information about something called “level-E” training standards leaked out of the voluminous FAA reports yet didn’t get much attention.
Notwithstanding this spring’s violent (and numerous) tornadoes, forecasters in the Midwest are able to make more accurate local weather predictions thanks to an airborne sensor being tested by NASA’s aviation safety program.
XM Satellite Radio has Oprah and the Opie & Anthony Show. Sirius Satellite Radio has Martha Stewart and Howard Stern. Now each is diving headlong into the market for aviation weather datalink services, and pilots couldn’t be happier. XM was first on the scene with its “always on” weather service for aviation, available over much of North America for monthly subscription prices starting at about $30.
If it’s “off the shelf” it’s off the list. That’s the policy some completion and refurbishment centers have adopted recently as the cost and time required for FAA approval of commercial off-the-shelf (cots) cabin items has spiraled beyond reason.
As of April 27, a new DOT Part 375 rule provides that certain types of operation by U.S.-registered foreign civil business aircraft (such as carrying the company’s own officials and guests, or aircraft time-sharing, interchange or joint ownership arrangements) do not constitute operations “for remuneration or hire and, therefore, do not require a DOT permit.”
Gold Air International has ordered two new Bombardier Global 5000s in a deal valued at close to $80 million. The UK executive charter operator will receive the long-range jets between late 2008 and early 2009, allowing it to take on intercontinental missions.