Dassault Falcon is reorganizing its service support strategy, with a particular focus on technical assistance, parts inventory and the service center structure. “Times have changed and we must change with them,” Jacques Chauvet, Dassault Falcon’s senior vice president for worldwide customer service, told AIN.
Unions in France today suspended a series of strikes that affected six Airbus factories this week, as well as design offices and headquarters in Toulouse. The manufacturer’s human resources department on that day offered to reopen negotiations with the unions, which as of yesterday demanded a 3.5-percent wage increase, while company management would offer no more than 1.9 percent.
The FAA has proposed that ERA Helicopters pay a civil penalty of $260,000 for operating a helicopter on Part 135 flights without complying with required post-maintenance checks and test flights. According to the agency’s penalty letter, sent to ERA on January 28, ERA operated Agusta AW139 N156JS for 23 passenger-carrying flights without accomplishing a required blade track and balance check following replacement of a rotor system lag damper.
Solar Impulse’s first prototype made its first flight on April 7 in Payerne, Switzerland, paving the way for the first night flight with a solar-powered, manned aircraft this summer. Company CEO André Borschberg and founder Bertrand Piccard are then planning a round-the-world flight, with probably five stopovers, to demonstrate the potential of investing in renewable energies.
The FAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would revise the requirement for function and reliability (F&R) flight testing to include turbine-powered airplanes with an mtow of less than 6,000 pounds. The requirement adds significant costs to certification of new airplanes and is a threshold that the Eclipse 500 VLJ was able to remain under when it was certified.
Aircraft management company Global Jet Concept marks its 10th anniversary this year at a time when longevity itself is quite an accomplishment in an industry that has been badly buffeted by the financial crisis for the past 18 months or so. The Geneva-based company has some 60 aircraft under management contracts, with 22 of them available for charter.
BLR Aerospace’s latest product, winglets for the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 90 series twin turboprop, received certification in March by authorities in the U.S., Europe and Brazil. The new winglets are currently available for all King Air C90A, C90GT and C90GTi models. BLR expects to receive certification shortly for a winglet package designed to fit earlier King Air C90 and C90E models as well.
Embraer is ahead of schedule in achieving its self-imposed 2005 goal of becoming “a major player in the business aviation market by 2015.” The Brazilian manufacturer has come to EBACE with four examples of its current product range–the Phenom 100 and 300 light jets, the super-midsize Legacy 600 and the large-cabin Lineage 1000.
Boeing plans to decide by the end of this quarter whether or not to raise production rates for its 737 family, as the company anticipates further strengthening of the market for new narrowbody airliners.
Eurocopter’s research and development teams are working on several programs
to enhance cabin comfort by creating a smoother–and quieter–ride.
Among the solutions on the horizon is a five-blade main rotor for the EC155
and EC225, and a piezo-active rotor designated Blue Pulse.