Belgian aerospace company Sonaca is investing C$17 million in the expansion of its Sonaca NMF Canada subsidiary in Mirabel, Quebec. Sonaca NMF Canada provides most of the wing skins Bombardier uses for its CRJ regional aircraft and its business jets (Global Express, Learjet and Challenger series except the Challenger 300).
Aviation International News » November 2007
The National Geospacial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) last month discontinued public access to Flight Information Publication (Flip) charts for the Caribbean, Central America and South America, eliminating a government source of aeronautical information for those areas.
According to the final report of the Irish Department of Transport Air Accidents Investigation Unit (AAIU) published earlier this year, a Beech King Air 90 (registration N712DB) rolled and dived during an August 2006 flight in Ireland because the owner/pilot lost control of the aircraft during a missed approach in instrument conditions. The pilot’s inexperience was deemed a factor.
As the normal business jet evolves to fill ever smaller niches in the market, it’s no surprise to see more airliner-derived VIP jets offered to an ever wealthier clientele. Airbus happily announced it has reached the 100 mark in Airbus Corporate Jetliner sales and Boeing has tallied firm orders for 151 BBJs and VIP jets since launching the BBJ division 11 years ago. Some buyers just want the ultimate in airborne space
Bombardier at NBAA’07 released its first-ever forecast for the business aviation market segments in which it competes, and the Canadian company’s crystal ball was about as rosy as anyone else’s. However, the manufacturer warned that there are downsides to an up market. “With a yearly retirement rate of 0.5 to 1 percent of the fleet and deliveries as anticipated, the business jet fleet should grow to approximately 20,600 aircraft in 10 years.
Arinc Direct said it now offers mobile flight-planning services that let pilots use their Blackberries and cellphones to file flight plans, view weather overlays on their planned routes, update departure times and view the status of filed flight plans.
In a bid to expand its capabilities to service larger turbine engines, Standard Aero announced the purchase of TSS Aviation in Cincinnati for $65 million. Standard Aero and Landmark aviation were added to Dubai Aerospace Enterprise’s (DAE) rapidly growing portfolio of aviation businesses in August as part of a $1.9 billion buyout from the Carlyle Group.
Eurocopter and the world-renowned house of Hermès revealed their “l’Hélicoptère par Hermès,” an EC 135 with a decidedly upscale interior. The project began after officials from both companies met at EBACE in Geneva in May 2005, held discussions for six months and decided to cooperate on a joint project that culminated in the special edition of the EC 135 on display at the NBAA show.
CMC Electronics unveiled the third generation of its SureSight enhanced-vision system (EVS) at the show, taking the wraps off the CMA-2700 infrared camera. Bombardier has selected the system for the Global Express XRS and 5000, which will be integrated with an LCD-based HUD from Rockwell Collins that is also coming to the models. The EVS will replace the Global’s current CMA-2600 EVS, which will continue flying aboard EVS-equipped Falcons.
Honda Aircraft signed an agreement with FlightSafety International at NBAA’07 for factory-authorized pilot and mechanic training for the HondaJet. Training initially will be offered at Honda Aircraft’s Greensboro, N.C. headquarters but might later be expanded to FlightSafety learning centers, according to Honda Aircraft CEO Michimasa Fujino.