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.
Aviation International News » May 2011
Starling Aerospace Interiors in the UK has already designed and built executive interiors, delivered in kit form, for installation in RJ70s being converted to private or business aviation use. Now the London-based center is undertaking a project to design, build and certify a stateroom and lavatory kit for installation in a Boeing 757.
A heavy unmanned helicopter would be invaluable for operations at highly dangerous sites, such as the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, providing another avenue to address the problem with a greater measure of safety. Technology for pilotless rotorcraft is already in place but so far has been applied only to micro drones and relatively light rotorcraft.
International Water-Guard Industries and Bombardier settled a pending patent infringement lawsuit in Canada early last month. The patent infringement action and counterclaim have been discontinued in the federal court and the terms and conditions of the settlement are confidential, they said. Canada-based IWG’s main business focus is on aircraft potable water treatment and full water system solutions.
Hawker Beechcraft’s King Air 250 made its public debut last month at the Sun ’n’ Fun International Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla. The $5.79 million turboprop twin, a replacement for the King Air 200GT, was unveiled at the NBAA Convention in October.
Just weeks after winning full FAA certification for its 12-seat 328DBJ business jet, 328 Support Services brought a mockup of the aircraft to display at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2011 in Hamburg, Germany.
Embraer believes that business aviation is facing a slower recovery than it was last year, when it last issued its forecast for the executive aviation sector. Claudio Camelier, Embraer vice president for executive jet market intelligence, said that there are still concerns about how sustainable the economic recovery will be with forecast gross domestic product growth rates having dipped slightly this year.
The annual Aircraft Electronics Association International Convention & Trade Show is a showcase for avionics dealers, the people who sell, install and repair the products that fill the cockpits and cabins of all types of aircraft. And as such, the avionics manufacturers at the AEA event are laser-focused on showing how their products will benefit the end user.
The FAA has issued an update to its 2010-2011 Ground Deicing Holdover Time Tables and Guidance on its website. The document contains a revised listing of the lowest operational use temperatures (Lout) for anti-icing fluids, which were supplied to the agency and Transport Canada by the fluid manufacturers.
Business aircraft owners struggling to cover their costs now have an alternative to traditional aircraft management through the new Non-Equity Sharers (NES) program offered by UK-based Jet Connections. The Oxford-based company is offering to find up to three people or companies to share use of an aircraft with the owner by dividing the fixed operating costs and making each owner responsible for his individual flight-hour costs.