Embraer Executive Jets has appointed maintenance and refurb center Comlux Aviation Services as the first independent Lineage 1000 authorized service center in North America. Comlux is also an approved service center for the Legacy 600/650. Comlux Aviation Services will support Embraer Executive Jets’ large executive jet fleet by providing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, avionics, structural repairs and interior refurbishments at its Indianapolis facility.
Ikhana is offering a program for the Twin Otter that includes a package of proprietary modifications and enhancements coupled with full maintenance and current inspections. The Twin Otter X2 program uses Ikhana’s RW Martin (RWMI) DHC-6 re-life wing box and re-life fuselage supplemental type certificates as the FAA-approved engineering design basis. Installation of the package authorizes the re-life of time-expired Twin Otters to the new zero-time structural life limits of 66,000 flight hours or 132,000 flight cycles, whichever occurs first.
L-3 Integrated Systems has welcomed the first of two Boeing 747-8s to its Waco, Texas facilities for installation of an executive interior for an unidentified head of state.
The work will include detailed exterior paint in the customer’s livery as well as interior modifications to accommodate the interior plan. According to executive v-p Nick Farah, the L-3 design and engineering team began work on the initial 747-8 program in 2011 and delivery is expected in the summer of 2014.
Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland has received $74 million from the UK Government Regional Growth Fund to help develop the AW609 civil tiltrotor and future tiltrotor designs. AW said it will work with the National Composites Centre, the University of Liverpool and key UK suppliers on the program. The tiltrotor is slated for certification in 2016. AgustaWestland said it would contribute more than $87 million to the program.
Embraer’s Legacy 600/650 program reached a significant milestone with the delivery of the 200th Legacy business jet, in this case a Legacy 650 that was handed over to China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing last week at Embraer’s headquarters in São Paulo, Brazil. This aircraft, one of the 13 Legacy 650s that Minsheng ordered last October, will be used by an undisclosed Chinese customer. Minsheng also has an outstanding order for three Embraer Lineage 1000 bizliners.
Piaggio Avanti fractional provider Avantair closed on $2.8 million in new funding yesterday via the issuance of senior secured convertible notes. The notes have a three-year term and an interest rate of 2 percent. In addition, the company restructured its existing aircraft financing arrangements with Midsouth Services, reducing its monthly lease payments by more than $1.8 million during the next 15 months and extending the maturities on two aircraft.
Eclipse Aerospace’s new 550 very light jet will feature an enhanced vision system (EVS) sensor made by Lexavia. The Lexavia LFS6000 infrared sensor has a 640- by 480-sensor element and 4X zoom. EVS imagery will be displayed on the Eclipse 550’s MFD, which is part of the jet’s Innovative Solutions & Support Avio/IFMS flight deck. The EVS sensor is mounted in a low-profile housing that projects 1.42 inches above the fuselage nose surface.
Honda Starts Production of HondaJet
A French appeals court has overturned the manslaughter verdict against Continental Airlines resulting from the July 2000 crash of an Air France Concorde soon after takeoff from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). The initial ruling held Continental liable for the accident on the grounds that maintenance errors caused a 16-inch piece of titanium to fall from one of the U.S. airline’s DC10s during its takeoff roll just moments before the Concorde.
The European Aviation Safety Agency has issued certification of Airbus’s Sharklet wingtip device for CFM-powered A320 family narrowbodies, the manufacturer announced Monday. Airbus said it expects the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to issue its own approval “very soon.”