Cleveland Hopkins International Airport-based Constant Aviation has completed its fifth winglet modification on the Citation X. According to the company, adding the winglet option allows the aircraft to climb directly to 34,000 feet in 29 minutes, compared with a 93-minute step climb without the winglets, increasing range by 160 nm. It also allows the Citation X to depart from high/hot airports with 1,200 pounds more payload or depart with the pre-winglets payload and fly 400 nm farther, according to Stephen Maiden, the MRO facility’s president.
Aviall Services has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Rolls-Royce for parts, modules and tooling for the RR300 turboshaft used on the Robinson R66. Deliveries of the R66 have already passed the 150 mark; the helicopter manufacturer expects deliveries to peak at several hundred per year, with annual flight hours reaching nearly 900,000 by 2020.
Astronics acquired Portland, Ore.-based Max-Viz, a developer and designer of enhanced vision systems for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, for $10 million in cash last week. The ultimate price could rise to $18 million, if certain revenue targets are met over the next three years. Max-Viz enhanced vision systems are certified for installation on more than 20 business aircraft types, as well as more than a dozen turbine helicopters. The company also holds similar certifications for multiple piston aircraft.
The FAA has awarded a supplemental type certificate (STC) to JetBlue for installation of the ACSS XS-950 mode-S transponder on the airline’s Airbus A320 fleet. The XS-950 is certified to TSO-C166b to meet the FAA’s 2020 ADS-B out mandate. According to ACSS, “The XS-950 also supports ADS-B in capabilities, such as ACSS’s SafeRoute suite of applications. SafeRoute software products include Surface Area Movement Management (SAMM), CDTI Assisted Visual Separation (CAVS) and Merging and Spacing. Several SafeRoute applications are planned for installation as part of this program.”
Russian Helicopters is developing a “comprehensive avionics system” for situational awareness, autopilot landing and collision avoidance. It will be installed on all new Russian-made helicopters starting in 2015. The new “intelligent” system will inform pilots about hazards in the landing area. It will even enable the aircraft to hover above a given point and land automatically.
Russian Helicopters, which is redeveloping the Ansat with conventional (as opposed to the original fly-by-wire) flight controls, expects to achieve Russian certification in the fourth quarter, with serial production to start in January. The next step will be EASA certification, expected next year or in 2014. Russian Helicopters is developing a new fuel system to comply with European requirements.
AgustaWestland and Russian Helicopters have signed a “preliminary agreement” to jointly develop a new 2.5-metric-ton class (5,500 pound) single-engine helicopter. The aircraft will be smaller and less expensive than the existing AW119Ke Koala. It will compete with the Eurocopter EC130T2.
A little more than a month after suffering a fatal accident involving a demonstration airplane, the Sukhoi Superjet program staged a fairly quick rebound with the sale of six SSJ100-95s to Russia’s second largest airline, Transaero. Announced in late June, the deal includes options on another 10 airplanes, raising the potential value to $566.4 million based on list prices.
Gore Design Completions recently delivered its first aircraft of 2012, an ACJ320-200 for a returning head-of-state customer. The first cabin outfitting project for the unidentified head of state was a Boeing 767 completed in 2008.
The ACJ320-200 represents the first in a string of single- and twin-aisle bizliners scheduled for delivery by the San Antonio-based center this year.
Atlantic Aviation, an FBO at Birmingham International Airport in Alabama, has been chosen by Cessna Aircraft to be the base of operations for a new mobile service unit (MSU). Cessna MSUs provide on-site technical expertise and immediate support for Citation operators. The specially outfitted trucks carry most of the same tools and equipment found in Cessna Citation factory service centers and can perform a variety of procedures up to and including engine exchanges. This latest MSU joins 17 others already in service in the U.S. for a total of 22 throughout North America and Europe.