Aviation International News » September 2006

September 13, 2006 - 7:45am

Aviation (The Jet Center) facility at 16200 Daily Drive. Los Angeles World Airports, which operates VNY, told AIN that a bidder has been selected but no information was available about the winner or its plans for the property. “I chose not to bid,” said Richard Michaels, vice president of marketing for Allied Capital’s Mercury Air Centers/Corporate Wings FBO chain.

September 13, 2006 - 7:40am

Ron Henriksen christened his new airport’s 5,000-foot runway on August 6

September 13, 2006 - 7:34am

The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) expects to have a more constructive relationship with the UK government following the acceptance by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of new strategic and regulatory reviews of the country’s general aviation industry.

September 13, 2006 - 7:30am

The 1991 Falcon 900 moving through Duncan Aviation’s facility in Lincoln, Neb., has been stripped of her weathered coat in preparation for a makeover in the paint shop, and work continues apace on furnishings and fixtures for the cabin.

September 13, 2006 - 7:27am

An incident on May 4 this year in which a Hawker 800A lost more than 10,000 feet during a post-maintenance stall test underscores the potential risks of stalling swept-wing jets. The Hawker recovered after what the pilot said was a four- to five-g pullout.

September 13, 2006 - 7:13am

Boeing has flown its Unmanned Little Bird (ULB) technology demonstrator without a safety pilot for the first time.

The modified MD 530F lifted off from a Mesa, Ariz. helipad, hovered briefly and flew a programmed reconnaissance mission around the proving ground. After the 20-minute flight, the aircraft returned to the helipad and landed within six inches of the planned recovery location.

September 13, 2006 - 7:11am

London City Airport (LCY) has broached the subject of an east London heliport to cater to the capital’s helicopter traffic. With the 2012 Olympics on the horizon, the airport believes the time has come to develop a coordinated approach to helicopter activity in the capital. It currently has only one public heliport, at Battersea in west London.

September 13, 2006 - 7:06am

Southern Switzerland’s Lugano Agno regional airport finally gained a permanent instrument approach procedure for Runway 1 on September 1, when the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) slightly modified and adopted the provisional approach in effect since October 2003.

September 13, 2006 - 5:23am

In the little more than five years since its formation, Air France domestic partner Régional has evolved from three distinct, ailing French domestic carriers into a single, profitable regional operation and the second biggest French airline after the country’s flag carrier. Last September Régional announced plans to acquire six Embraer E190LR jets and place options on six more, making it the aircraft’s first operator in Europe.

September 13, 2006 - 5:14am

Airlinair is one of those rare regional airlines that have thrived while maintaining a true regional identity, serving mainly French domestic routes and operating among secondary cities. The company, which operates only ATR turboprops, has gone from success to success, increasing its revenue every year since pilot Lionel Guérin founded it in 1999.