Aviation International News » October 2005

October 23, 2006 - 7:36am

A chill in the air and an unseasonably hard rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm last month in São José dos Campos, Brazil, as U.S. carrier JetBlue accepted delivery of Embraer’s first 190 twinjet.

The ceremonies in the Embraer hangar opened with an amateur musical video performance by members of the Embraer team responsible for designing and building the 100-passenger airliner.

October 23, 2006 - 7:24am

The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) implicated crew training in the crash of a Bermuda-registered Falcon 900EX at Stansted Airport on Feb. 9, 2004. The Falcon arrived at Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania, from London Luton, with an intermittent hydr#1 pump 3 display. The crew studied the minimum equipment list and determined that it could fly with only two operable hydraulic pumps.

October 23, 2006 - 7:14am

Last month Bombardier inaugurated its 238,000-sq-ft distribution center near Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The “superwarehouse,” located less than five miles from the airport, is managed in partnership with Caterpillar Logistics Services.

October 23, 2006 - 7:09am

After months of negotiation, the Flying Group has obtained approval from the board of directors of Aeroports de Paris to convert the short-term lease at Euralair Airport Services to a long-term lease for 25 years.

The Flying Group will have a full-fledged base of operations at Le Bourget and will also be able to invest in new facilities and develop its business aviation activities at the airport.

October 23, 2006 - 7:02am

As Boeing Business Jets closes in on the sale of its 100th BBJ, the company is also deep into computer concepts of an executive/VIP variant of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Boeing Business Jets is a joint venture between Boeing and General Electric and, as suggested by the name, is responsible for all business jet configurations of Boeing airliners, from the 737 through the new 787.

October 23, 2006 - 6:41am

The first Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) conference is to be held in Dubai on November 19, on the eve of the Dubai Air Show (November 20 to 24). The event is being held under the joint patronage of Royal Jet chairman HE Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarek Al Nahyan and HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum, president of Dubai’s Department of Civil Aviation and chairman of Emirates Airline. Sheikh Ahmed will give the keynote speech.

October 23, 2006 - 6:36am

Dubai’s ambitions for its biennial airshow seem to know no limits. Organizers will stage this year’s event in a purpose-built exhibition site at Dubai International

October 23, 2006 - 6:30am

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in civil, non-segregated airspace took another step forward early last month at the unmanned systems trade show at the ParcAberporth research and development center on the west coast of Wales when Thales UK and Elbit Systems of Israel demonstrated their Hermes 450. The flight was the first of a pilotless aircraft weighing more than 330 pounds in non-segregated UK airspace.

October 23, 2006 - 6:27am

Once the exclusive domain of the military and, with few exceptions, flying outside controlled airspace, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are now slowly nudging their noses under the civil tent. Already, USAF RQ-4 Global Hawks routinely fly across the U.S.

October 23, 2006 - 6:19am

As a result of its investigation into the Executive Airlines ATR 72-212 landing accident in Puerto Rico on May 9, 2004, the NTSB is recommending new procedures for training for recovery from bounced landings. The Board said that the accident was caused by the captain’s failure to execute proper techniques to recover from a bounced landing and his subsequent failure to execute a go-around.