Aviation

October 6, 2014 - 12:25am

Preliminary Report: AStar Substantially Damaged During Training

Airbus Helicopters AS350B3, Hemet, Calif., Aug. 28, 2014–The flight instructor and his student, both sheriff’s deputies, received minor injuries when their helicopter landed hard and rolled on its side during a late-morning VMC training flight. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department operated the Part 91 helicopter.

October 6, 2014 - 12:15am

Ostend, Belgium-based helicopter operator NHV is to take over Norway’s Blueway, the two firms announced in late August. The new company, which has not yet indicated whether it will adopt a new name–has set its sights on establishing itself as a major player in the offshore oil-and-gas market.

October 5, 2014 - 2:40am

AgustaWestland could fly a larger “next-generation civil tiltrotor” (NGCTR) by 2020. Propelled by internal company studies and research that began in 2000, the larger tiltrotor project is now being pushed to the next level with $328 million in new funding from the Industry/European Union’s CleanSky2 initiative.

October 4, 2014 - 5:35am

Peterborough, Ontario-based Flying Colours is a privately owned and operated aviation services company. The 25-year-old MRO specializes in maintenance, repair and overhaul services, completions and modification services for business aircraft. In 2009 Flying Colours acquired JetCorp, located on Spirit of St. Louis Airport (KSUS) in St.

October 4, 2014 - 2:45am

An innovation in personal computer-based flight simulation–a shared cockpit between two people flying their simulators in separate locations–is now available on the X-Plane simulator running the PilotEdge live ATC system. PilotEdge allows simulator fliers to interact with live controllers when flying in the southern California region.

October 4, 2014 - 1:55am

Silver Airways chief financial officer Sami Teittinen replaced Dave Pflieger as the airline’s CEO as of September 5. The switch came after Pflieger accepted Hawaii Island Air’s chief executive position, held by Paul Casey until October 1. Casey has agreed to serve as a senior advisor for Island Air’s board of directors.

October 4, 2014 - 1:40am

Bombardier delivered the first Q400 in a new extra-capacity seating configuration to Thailand’s Nok Air, the companies announced in late August. The milestone 86-seat aircraft arrived in Bangkok under the terms of a purchase agreement signed in November last year for up to eight Q400s. The airline now holds firm orders for six of the big turboprops and retains purchase rights on another two.

October 4, 2014 - 1:15am

American Airlines plans to transfer all 47 of Envoy Air’s Bombardier CRJ700s to fellow wholly owned regional subsidiary PSA starting in the middle of next year, Envoy CEO Pedro Fábregas reported in a September 4 letter to employees posted on the Dallas Morning News website. Although the major airline hasn’t yet determined the exact dates and the rates at which it will transfer the 70-seat jets, it anticipates it will complete the exercise by the end of 2016.

October 3, 2014 - 1:18pm

Airbus has acknowledged it will require “two or three months” to obtain a realistic understanding of the A320neo's performance, following the September 25 first flight of the re-engined single-aisle twinjet. “It's not just measuring cruise and climb performance, but also engine-out behavior [and everything else] and then asking 'What does it all mean?” commented flight and integration tests senior vice-president Fernando Alonso.

October 3, 2014 - 8:33am

While operational commanders try to target an elusive enemy from the air over Iraq and Syria, senior U.S. commanders and aerospace academics are wrestling with an associated question: how to take advantage of tremendous advances in information networking to prosecute modern air campaigns. During the recent Air Force Association (AFA) conference, the shortcomings of current military air systems networking were explored in some frank comments during a panel session entitled “The Combat Cloud,” and in other discourse.

 
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