Aviation International News » September 2012

September 4, 2012 - 1:35am

JetCorp Technicial Services, a subsidiary of Canadian completion and refurbishment center Flying Colours, has begun work on the latest in its series of executive conversions of the Bombardier CRJ200.

Transformation of the interior on behalf of an Indonesian client includes a 22-passenger executive configuration, along with a landing gear overhaul, 96-month inspection and conversion from a high-utilization maintenance program to a low-utilization maintenance program.

September 4, 2012 - 1:20am

Yankee Pacific started with a single office in Tulsa, Okla., a little more than a decade ago. Today it consists of two main divisions. Jormac Aerospace in Clearwater, Fla., has a staff of about 80 and specializes in building cabin liner systems: sidewalls, under-floor structures, overheads, bulkheads and attach fittings. Cabin Innovations in Lewisville, Texas, specializes in custom cabinetry manufacturing, from the galley to the lavatory and points between.

September 4, 2012 - 12:55am
Eurcopter new cabin designs

Anticipating a recovery in business and executive helicopter sales, Eurocopter has begun investing in new cabin designs.

According to Patrice Royer, head of business and private aviation sales, the best-selling models in that segment are the EC130 light single, EC145 light twin and EC155 medium twin. Royer figures the additional cost of a business or executive cabin accounts for approximately 10 to 15 percent of the final price.

September 4, 2012 - 12:35am
APG’s iPreFlight app v2.01 allows the user to calculate weight-and-balance on the iPad without Internet, right. Similarly, the pilot can  compute takeoff and/or landing distance in flight, left, of particular importance in the event the destination changes en route.

A long-awaited feature on the Aircraft Performance Group iPreFlight iPad app–in-flight analysis–is now available on the Apple App Store. Previous versions of the APG app need to be connected to the Internet to perform runway analysis calculations. The advantage of performing a landing-distance assessment while airborne is that conditions at the destination sometimes change, and pilots need to calculate if the destination runway still meets legal and safety parameters.

September 4, 2012 - 12:35am

Pats Aircraft Systems has won a major contract to complete a green BBJ2 interior for an Asia-Pacific head-of-state.

The Georgetown, Del.-based completion and refurbishment shop will oversee “all aspects of the highly customized interior, including the integration of the latest available products for passenger comfort, entertainment and utility,” according to Pats v-p of business development Matt Hill.

September 3, 2012 - 5:45am

Calgary-based low-fare airline WestJet last month converted a conditional order for 20 Bombardier Q400s to firm status. In the process, it secured options on another 25 of the turboprops, potentially raising the value of the order to $1.59 billion based on list prices.

September 3, 2012 - 5:10am

Venezuela’s Conviasa Airlines signed a deal with Embraer in late July to buy six E190s, the first of which it plans to accept by the end of this year. The contract, worth $271.2 million based on January 2012 economic conditions, includes purchase options for another 14 of the same airplane type, potentially raising the value of the deal to $904 million.

The contract makes Conviasa Embraer’s 11th E-Jet customer in Latin America, where the Brazilian manufacturer now claims a market share of 75 percent in the airliner segment ranging up to 120 seats.

September 3, 2012 - 4:40am

Erickson Air-Crane posted a 10.9-percent drop to $37.9 million in second-quarter revenue from the same period in 2011, but said it still had a $228.1 million backlog. The company holds the TC for the S-64 Aircrane. It builds, services and sells the heavy-lift helicopter to third parties, and also operates its own fleet of 17. Erickson reported strong revenues from fire-fighting and construction activities but noted a drop-off in logging operations.

September 3, 2012 - 4:25am

Two aviation-prominent U.S. representatives are not happy with acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta’s implementing the mandatory North Shore VFR helicopter route over Long Island. In a letter to Huerta, Reps. John Mica (R-Fla.) and Tom Petri (R-Wisc.), the chairmen of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and its aviation subcommittee, respectively, accuse him of bending to “outside pressures, including political ones” while failing to address “troubling safety concerns” the route creates, mainly because a considerable portion of it is over water.

September 3, 2012 - 4:00am

There will be blood, at least if two senior U.S. senators have their way. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) are asking the Defense Department to bar United Technologies, parent of helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky and engine maker Pratt & Whitney, from future defense contracts. Pratt & Whitney Canada already has agreed to pay a $75 million fine and comply with independent monitoring after selling civilian software to China for use in that country’s Z-10 military attack helicopter, a violation of various export laws.

 
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