Aviation International News » November 2010

October 27, 2010 - 6:25am

Garmin announced a program last month to offer its G1000 avionics system for retrofit installation in the King Air 300 and 350. With the completion of the STC, expected in the middle of next year, the G1000 cockpit will be available as a retrofit package for the King Air C90, 200, B200, 300 and 350 and the Cessna CitationJet. The G1000 retrofit ­configuration for the King Air 300 and 350 will feature two

October 27, 2010 - 6:21am

This year’s Middle East Business Aviation show, to be held in Dubai December 7 to 9, is set to be the biggest event yet. According to Fairs & Exhibitions, the company that organizes the ­biennial event, the 2010 show will have about 40 percent more exhibitors than in 2008, with 350 companies booked. The number of trade visitors is expected to climb by around 27 percent to reach 7,000.

October 27, 2010 - 6:15am

Ruag Aviation has delivered its first modernized 228NG twin turboprop to launch customer New Central Airservice. The delivery was made in late September, just a few weeks after the manufacturer received European certification for the aircraft.

October 27, 2010 - 6:10am

Garmin, the Olathe, Kan. company that pioneered glass cockpits and synthetic-vision technology in small general aviation airplanes, is stepping up into the bizav big leagues with a Part 25 integrated avionics system called G5000 that will square off against business jet cockpits from industry heavyweights Honeywell and Rockwell Collins.

October 27, 2010 - 6:08am

Eurocopter continues to flight-test its new medium twin, the EC175, and says it is on target for EASA certification in next year’s second half.

October 27, 2010 - 6:06am

Bell Helicopter will have manufactured 33 of its new 429 light twins, sold most of them and completed certification of customer option kits for the aircraft by year-end.

October 27, 2010 - 5:55am

When Cessna canceled the large-cabin Citation Columbus last year, many wondered what the company would do next. Now we know: the Citation X will remain Cessna’s flagship–for now. Last month at the NBAA Convention, the Wichita-based airframer unveiled a longer and slightly faster variant of its iconic Mach 0.92 speedster, first delivered in 1996, and renamed it the Citation Ten.

October 27, 2010 - 5:25am

Last month, after years of prodding from the NTSB and extensive consultation with the industry, the FAA issued its much anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that tightens the equipment, training and operational requirements for helicopter EMS providers in the name of safety. However, the 133-page NPRM doesn’t stop with the helicopter EMS community.

October 26, 2010 - 1:30pm

Richard Santulli’s new helicopter leasing venture, Milestone Aviation Group, completed its first deal last month–a contract for two Sikorsky 76C++s for Brazil OGP operator Omni Taxi Aereo. The helicopters will be used to service offshore contracts with Petrobras.

October 26, 2010 - 1:24pm

Eurocopter unveiled a ­compound helicopter demonstrator called the X3 (“x cubed”) designed to cruise at 220 knots–about 50 percent faster than today’s medium twins. The helicopter manufacturer believes it has found a sweet spot at a target speed that should make time savings profitable, and the technology could be incorporated into helicopters in less than a decade.