Aviation International News » October 2010

September 30, 2010 - 7:29am

EASA 145-approved Jet Aviation Moscow Vnukovo has added a main­tenance approval by the Cayman CAA. It also holds approvals from Aruba and Bermuda. In 2007 Jet Aviation became the first, and remains the only, foreign MRO to offer business aviation maintenance services in the Moscow area. The company has also recently received EASA approval to expand its base and line maintenance service to include the Challenger 300 and Gulfstream G200.

September 30, 2010 - 7:28am

Owners of smartphones such as the BlackBerry and iPhone have been frustrated by the high cost of equipment that allows them to send and receive e-mail in-flight. TrueNorth Avionics is now offering an economical, compact, stand-alone product that plugs into any existing airborne telephone system and creates a Wi-Fi hot spot inside the aircraft that is compatible with most smartphones.

September 30, 2010 - 7:28am

The useful life of a given helicopter’s components can vary significantly depending upon its mission, making predictive maintenance challenging, but that might be changing.

September 30, 2010 - 7:26am

When it comes to part and component exchanges, the most dreaded word is billback. An operator with an AOG contacts a vendor, receives a quote for the exchange part and ships the old part as the vendor ships the new one. A flat-rate exchange price is common in the industry, but it is contingent on the condition of the returned part.

September 30, 2010 - 7:25am

Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services installed a Lufthansa Technik Niceview moving map on a Learjet 60XR. The company completed the installation in two days, during which it also conducted a scheduled inspection to avoid any additional downtime. The Niceview moving-map system provides worldwide, high-resolution 3-D maps and virtual flights.

September 30, 2010 - 7:25am

Students enrolled in the airframe and powerplant mechanic program at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely, Colo., are getting a first-class introduction to business aviation. West Star Aviation has donated a Learjet 35A to the college.

September 30, 2010 - 7:23am

Friedrichshafen International Airport, in far southern Germany near the Austrian and Swiss borders, is the site of the newest Twin Commander factory-authorized international service center. “We have about 35 Commanders operating in Europe, and Airplus currently services 10 to 12 of them,” Matt Isley, president of Twin Commander Aircraft, told AIN. “We added Airplus because we wanted to beef up our airframe support in Europe.”

September 30, 2010 - 7:22am

A study released recently by Boeing predicts a need for 466,650 pilots and 596,500 maintenance personnel worldwide over the next 20 years, with the Asia-Pacific region accounting for 180,000 and 220,000, respectively. China will experience the greatest need for pilots and maintenance personnel at 70,600 and 96,400, respectively.

September 30, 2010 - 7:21am

Honeywell has unveiled JetMap III, the latest upgrade of its cabin moving map featuring worldwide 3-D perspective views of terrain, ocean topography, enhanced graphics and polar ice views.

JetMap III provides real-time flight data, passenger situational awareness information and data services for news, business, weather and sports. Passengers and crew can customize settings through use of a handheld remote.

September 30, 2010 - 7:19am

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is said to be close to responding to an FAA request that it withdraw a June notice that seeks to impose a total ban on the “certification, manufacture, importation, sale or continued use” of 121.5-MHz emergency locator transmitters.