Aviation International News » October 2012

October 4, 2012 - 4:50am

Associated Air Center recently rolled out its 23rd green completion of a BBJ. The single-aisle bizliner was delivered to an unidentified Eastern European-based energy company customer and features a “cabin management system incorporating in-flight entertainment [and] Wi-Fi cabin connectivity.”

The StandardAero company also recently signed a contract for completion of an Airbus A330-200.

October 4, 2012 - 4:20am

CTT Systems is piling up contracts for its Cair cabin humidification system.

In early August the Nykoping, Sweden-based company announced an order for a Cair package from Lufthansa Technik. The system is being installed in a 747-8 undergoing outfitting at the German completion center’s Hamburg facilities.

October 4, 2012 - 3:50am

Russian Helicopters has received an order for 18 Ka-226TG light twins from NefteGazAeroCosmos, a gas “research and production center.” Six helicopters are scheduled for delivery next year, with the rest to follow in 2014. The Ka-226TG, a “modernized” version of the in-development Ka-226T, is designed to “meet the client’s needs for operations in the Far North and on the Arctic shelf.” It will feature a KBO-226TG avionics suite for low-visibility operations, and additional fuel tanks. It retains Turbomeca Arrius 2G1 turboshafts.

October 4, 2012 - 3:35am

Russian Helicopters has received “initial credit ratings” from Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service, which assigned long-term ratings of BB+ and Ba2, respectively, with “stable” outlooks. “Credit ratings are an important step in the development of Russian Helicopters, as the company seeks to emulate global best practice standards of corporate governance and financial transparency,” said Russian Helicopters CEO Dmitry Petrov.

October 4, 2012 - 3:05am

Russian operator UTAir has secured a seven-year loan from British bank HSBC, on a security of French insurance agency Coface. It has thus become “the first Russian airline receiving insurance wrap from an international export agency for purchasing helicopters,” claims UTAir. The contract is for 19 Eurocopter AS350/AS355 Ecureuil/AStar singles.

October 4, 2012 - 2:55am

Ontario’s troubled air ambulance provider, Ornge, has been approved for patient transport to and from the U.S. after successful completion of an FAA review process. “The hard work, dedication and know-how of our entire aviation team has paid off with a successful application to fly Ornge helicopters to the U.S.” said Ron McKerlie, interim CEO of Ornge. “While helicopter patient transports to the U.S.

October 4, 2012 - 2:33am

Sometime in 2011 (we can’t be sure when), an airport worker hooked up an energized ground-power unit to a Cessna Citation CJ4 (525C), according to the FAA. The CJ4 was the first business jet certified with a lithium-ion main-ship battery.

October 4, 2012 - 2:30am

Global offshore helicopter service provider Bristow Group is making a $250 million minority interest investment in VIH Aviation unit Cougar Helicopters. Bristow said it expects to complete the transaction by year-end, subject to Canadian regulatory approval. As part of the deal, Bristow will acquire various Cougar operating assets, including eight Sikorsky S-92As and Cougar’s Canadian passenger and maintenance facilities at St. John’s, Labrador, and Halifax. The purchased aircraft and facilities will then be long-term leased back to Cougar.

October 4, 2012 - 2:10am

Eurocopter, which is nearing completion of a new development center in Donauwörth, Germany, that will house 900 engineers, has begun building another development center in Marignane, France. Employees currently based in Ottobrunn will move to the new German facility next spring. In Marignane, the project includes the construction of a “Helicopter Zero” building, with test benches integrating various helicopter systems to be delivered in April. New construction will start in July, with the goal of accommodating 1,000 people in “plateau” concurrent engineering.

October 3, 2012 - 10:49am

Five years after its founding in 2007, Amac Aerospace has significantly strengthened its credentials as a business aviation services group with the opening of its third hangar in Basel, Switzerland, and a new maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Istanbul, Turkey.

 
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