Bombardier Aerospace announced last month it will lay off another 1,330 employees as part of a plan to “realign” regional aircraft production rates with market demand. The adjustments will see production of the CRJ700 and CRJ900 cut from 65 to 50 next year and Q Series turboprop output increase from 50 to 65 as a result of a significant rise in Q400 deliveries.
Aviation International News » November 2006
Keystone Helicopter in West Chester, Pa., reached an agreement with Seacor Holdings to sell its Flight Services Division, a 35-aircraft fleet dedicated to air-medical operations at various bases throughout the Eastern U.S. and Puerto Rico. Seacor, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is a multibillion-dollar company with diversified businesses, including ERA Helicopters.
Million Air at press time was set to open its first FBO in Europe through a joint venture with the Flying Group of Belgium. The U.S. network will operate Flying Group’s new facility at Paris Le Bourget Airport in France. It will likely be known as Million Air Paris. The arrangement with Million Air does not relate to any of Flying Group’s other activities, namely executive aircraft charter, fractional ownership and management.
On November 23 the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will adopt an amendment to increase the age limit for airline pilots to 65, provided another crewmember pilot is under age 60. The FAA established on September 27 an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) to recommend whether the U.S. should adopt the new ICAO standard.
Bombardier late last month received type certification from the FAA, Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency for its Challenger 605, the upgraded successor to the Challenger 604 equipped with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics and upgraded cabin features, including new windows that are larger and raised about five inches. These certifications pave the way for the twinjet to enter service late next year.
The FAA issued a new Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO 06014) that seeks to clarify the conditions under which pilots can take off with frost adhering to airframes. At the same time, the SAFO might complicate the pre-takeoff decision-making process because it reminds pilots that takeoff with frost adhering to lifting surfaces and flight controls is legal.
Launching a new era for the 70-year-old lightplane manufacturer, Piper Aircraft president and CEO Jim Bass last month took the wraps off the design mockup for the single-engine, six-seat PiperJet, an airplane priced at $2.19 million that adds another serious player to the market for very light jets.
Enormous banners that hung from the façade of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando last month proclaimed the NBAA Convention offered “A year’s worth of business in just three days.” It certainly felt that way.
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