Swiss firm Aviace is suing Eclipse Aviation of Albuquerque, N.M., for alleged breach of contract over its refusal to deliver the first of 112 Eclipse 500 very light jets. Aviace has asked the court to prevent Eclipse from canceling the contract, reassigning delivery positions to others and expending any of Aviace’s initial deposit.
Aviation International News » November 2006
Raytheon has announced that it is broadening its Hawker product line by introducing the Hawker 900XP and the Hawker 750, both derivatives of the Hawker 850XP. The models will replace the Hawker 850XP when they begin entering service next year.
BLR Aerospace of Everett, Wash., received an STC for winglets on the King Air 300. According to BLR, winglets increase cruise speed by five to eight knots, reduce fuel consumption by 3.5 percent and increase rate of climb by 300 fpm. Meanwhile, Sierra Industries of Uvalde, Texas, is developing winglets for the Citation 500 and 560 series. The company says winglets will reduce drag, minimize turbulence and counteract wingtip vortices.
Gulfstream reported that its Quiet Spike sonic-boom mitigator successfully achieved supersonic flight on October 20. The OEM has been flight-testing the structural integrity of its Quiet Spike since mid-July. Mounted on the nose of a NASA F-15B and flown at Mach 1.2, the Quiet Spike operated as designed. It extended to its maximum length of 24 feet and performed as expected during the 1.5-hour test flight.
Italy’s Piaggio Aero Industries, builder of the Avanti II turboprop twin, last month signed an agreement with Pratt & Whitney Canada to acquire 25 percent of its Turbo Engines Corp., which produces the PW206 and PW207 rotorcraft engines. These engines power Agusta, Bell, Eurocopter and MD helicopters.
CitationShares launched a program–Citelines–that it says offers “payment predictability, customized program options and cost savings never before seen in the industry.” Under Citelines, owners can choose to fly 365 days, 350 days, 335 days or 320 days a year.
UK maintenance provider Jet Engineering and Technical Support (Jets) has received European Aviation Safety Agency approval to support Raytheon Aircraft’s Premier I. The OEM has also endorsed this new role. Southampton-based Jets is already approved to maintain the Hawker line. It also supports the Dornier 328 turboprops and
jets, for which its sister company, 328 Support Services, holds the 328 type certificate.
Comair reached concessionary labor agreements with its mechanics and flight attendants late last month, but at press time a deal with its pilots continued to elude the Cincinnati-based regional, a major portion of whose route network stands subject to outsourcing by Delta Air Lines to independent carriers.
The dark clouds that have hung over Teterboro Airport for many months about issues of noise, safety and security evaporated at a press conference last month. For the first time, representatives of neighbors and airport users appeared to be on the same frequency and expressed satisfaction about the apparent meeting of minds.
Quiet Technology Aerospace reports it recently installed its 45th Gulfstream Stage 3 hush kit. As the only viable provider of hush kits, the company sees a potential market of 350-plus GIIs, GIIBs and GIIIs “that are in a condition whereby the investment in a hush kit would be warranted.” The Opa Locka, Fla. company also said that its “break-even” point will come around installation 75.