After months of legal wrangling and speculation, the assets of the SJ30 light jet program were purchased on April 7 from bankrupt Emivest Aerospace by the parent company of one of the aircraft’s primary airframe suppliers, Utah-based Metalcraft Technologies, for $3.5 million in cash.
Aviation International News » May 2011
The Crystal Cabin Awards are given annually in six categories and a public ceremony in the main exhibitor hall traditionally kicks off the three-day Aircraft Interiors Expo. A total of 52 entrants representing 21 countries were pared down to 21 finalists. The winners were:
There were gray clouds overhead during most of the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2011, held April 5 to 8 in Hamburg, Germany, but there were silver linings inside the exhibit halls as 7,900 visitors descended on the annual show, comfortably eclipsing last year’s total of 7,300.
Signature Flight Support has launched its new maintenance brand, Signature TechnicAir. The new division consolidates under one brand all of the Signature-owned maintenance facilities, including the former Executive Beechcraft locations at Kansas City Downtown Airport; Spirit of St. Louis Airport; New Century AirCenter Airport (Kansas City, Kan.) and Signature locations at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Mass. (BED); St.
At the Aircraft Interiors Expo, Lou Martin & Associates introduced three new window shade styles. A dual mechanical shade features both blackout fabric and a sheer fabric, allowing the passenger to see out but block UV rays and heat, yet block light when complete darkness is desired. The E-3 shade incorporates an electrically dimmable window shade, integrated with the pleated blind for complete darkness.
GE and Boeing are collaborating on a program to offer their 747-8I BBJ/VIP customers optional “loaner” GEnx-2B engines to ferry their aircraft to completion centers. Called the “GE Pusher Program,” it would use engines from flight-test aircraft for the ferry flight. Those engines would be removed at the completion center and shipped back to GE.
Lufthansa Technik has once again expanded the cabin envelope, this time with a Recline Excite 700iSP ergometer (exercise bicycle) from Technogym, modified for in-flight use.
All three Duncan Aviation locations have been approved by Bombardier to perform airframe inspections in addition to interior, paint and avionics installations on the Global line.
StandardAero Business Aviation has added line services on the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW300-series engines to its list of maintenance capabilities. The Springfield, Ill. service center is the first StandardAero Business Aviation facility to provide line maintenance on the PW307 and PW308 engines used on the Falcon 2000DX/EX/LX, Falcon 7X and Hawker 4000.
The Gulfstream V that had been detained in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since February 4 was released in late March, along with the remaining flight crew and passengers, according to Arcadia Aviation, which manages the aircraft. The aircraft has returned to the U.S. On March 15, the co-captain and flight attendant were allowed to leave.