The European Commission has sent Italy a letter of formal notice asking for information on its compliance with a 2008 judgment of the European Court of Justice regarding contracts with AgustaWestland’s Italian subsidiary, Agusta SpA. If the Italian authorities still do not comply, the Commission said, it may ask the Court to impose a penalty payment.
Aviation International News » December 2008
While the legal wrangling continues, a new operator took over New York’s Downtown Manhattan Heliport last month. It is now run by FirstFlight, a subsidiary of Air Pegasus, the company that currently operates the West 30th Street Heliport. FirstFlight has a 10-year contract to run the Manhattan Heliport; losing bidder Linden Airport Management is challenging that agreement in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Rotorcraft Leasing has acquired 53 Bell 206 single-engine helicopters and related assets operated by the Bristow Group in the Gulf of Mexico for $65 million. The deal includes spares; bases at Rockport, Texas, and Abbeville, La.; and offshore fueling equipment. Most of Bristow’s affected employees are expected to be offered positions
Flying Colours of Peterborough, Ontario, has delivered its second CRJ200 executive conversion. The ExecLiner, with a 16-passenger interior and range of more than 3,000 nm, was accepted by owner Jeffrey Wu in early October and was on display at the MEBA show in Dubai last month.
MAZ Aviation in the United Arab Emirates has selected Gore Design Completions of San Antonio to refurbish the executive interior of an A340-200 for a Middle East customer.
CTT Systems of Nyköping, Sweden, and Nord-Micro of Frankfurt, Germany, have signed an agreement allowing CTT to develop and deliver for Nord-Micro its zonal drying system and humidifiers for the Airbus A350 XWB program.
Gulfstream has contracted with Aircraft Security & Alert Systems, the sole provider of custom-designed Medeco locks for aircraft, to develop an advanced lock system for the Savannah OEM’s new G650.
AMAC Aerospace, launched in July 2007, is ready for business in the first of two new hangars at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Switzerland.
According to CEO Heinz Köhli, the start-up maintenance, completion and refurbishment center officially opened its doors on November 11 but had already begun work on its first project, an Airbus A320 executive interior for a Middle East client.
A new thermal/acoustic barrier package promises to reduce cabin noise by as much as 30 percent. The Silentium Air SPS 360 is a product of Aviation International Management Services (AIMS) of Montreal, which is supplying the kits to exclusive marketing agent Zenith Jet, also of Montreal.
• Almost immediately after his election, President-elect Barack Obama considered possible members of his Cabinet and staff. Obama and vice president-elect Joe Biden will give up their seats in the Senate. The governors of Illinois and Delaware, respectively, will choose their replacements. Should any of the current members of Congress be called on to fill cabinet positions, their successors will also need to be chosen.