On March 28, David Sokol resigned from his job as chairman of several Berkshire Hathaway-owned companies, including fractional-share provider NetJets. NetJets president Jordan Hansell took over as chairman and CEO.
Aviation International News » May 2011
The galley of a single- or twin-aisle executive aircraft has rarely been a particularly passenger-friendly place. Welcome to 2011 and the “VVIP Lounge Galley” from German design firm Loher Raumexklusiv. The Wallersdorf-Haidlfing designer has come up with a sophisticated art deco design concept introduced for an A340 at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg.
Forget the drugs. Pzizz has a new way to help you through those long flights–a set of unique audio soundtracks that will not only induce sleep but also awaken and re-energize you afterward. The “neural-linguistic” soundtracks from the UK-based company are programmable and can be customized for the individual and contain billions of sound combinations so the user never hears the same thing twice.
Photo-luminescent emergency floor-path lighting seems so simple that it appears at first glance there’s little room for improvement, but Lufthansa Technik has done that and more. At the Crystal Cabin Awards judging in Hamburg, Germany, in April, the new technology was presented with little fanfare as non-electrical and maintenance-free. But it is much more than that.
Italian cabin components specialist Iacobucci is perhaps better known for its galley products, but the company has recently expanded its line to include this executive seat. Created in partnership with BMW DesignworksUSA, the seat was on show at Aircraft Interiors Expo 2011 for the first time.
Pratt & Whitney completed assembly of the first PurePower PW1217G engine to test for the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), the company announced in late March. The engine manufacturer planned to send the engine, rated at 17,000 pounds of thrust, to its West Palm Beach, Fla. facility to start testing last month. Pratt & Whitney held the so-called MRJ “last bolt ceremony” at its Middletown Engine Center in Connecticut on March 24.
A Brazilian judge heard testimony last month, via video link, from the two American pilots of the Legacy 600 that was involved in a midair with a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 over the Amazon jungle in September 2006. The airliner crashed into the Amazon, killing all 154 aboard, while the Legacy pilots managed to land their damaged twinjet.
Bombardier Aerospace is expanding the Bombardier Safety Standdown to Asia, with the first such event to be held in the region in Shanghai, China, on June 9. The standdown provides pilots, aircrew and flight departments with insight into the factors that precipitate errors in judgment and highlights ways to mitigate them.
Preliminary Report: King Air Crashes on Takeoff
As Congress prepared to adjourn for recess just before Easter, the House and Senate were gearing up for a joint conference committee to begin resolving the differences between two versions of a long-term FAA reauthorization bill. The two bills vary significantly, raising some uncertainties about reaching a compromise.