Aviation

August 7, 2013 - 4:05am

Within Six Months

Aug. 26, 2013:

Harmonization of FAA Gust and Maneuver Load Requirements with EASA Airworthiness Regulations

August 7, 2013 - 2:25am

Mitsubishi has contracted with Sikorsky to acquire 11 S-76Ds for search-and-rescue operations by the Japan Coast Guard. Meanwhile, in China, Citic Offshore Helicopter has ordered two S-92s for offshore oil transportation. Sikorsky plans to deliver the new S-92s in December next year and March 2015. In another Chinese deal, Sikorsky and Zhuhai Helicopter announced a contract for four Sikorsky S-92s to be used for offshore missions.

August 7, 2013 - 1:25am

Bristow is retrofitting a fleet of 44 Sikorsky S-76C++s and Sikorsky S-92As with Rockwell Collins’s traffic alert and collision avoidance (Tcas II) system. Installations are in progress. A new-generation system, the TTR-4100, will be fitted to 20 of the helicopters. It adds traffic computer capability and enables automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) in.

August 7, 2013 - 12:25am

China-based Avicopter has delivered the first three AC311 Air Sprites. The six-seat light single can be powered by a Honeywell LTS101-700D-2 or a license-produced Turbomeca Arriel 2B1A. Its mtow is 4,850 pounds and endurance claimed to be four hours. The helicopter received its Chinese certification last year. The AC311 resembles the Eurocopter Ecureuil/AStar.

August 6, 2013 - 3:35pm

Total general aviation (GA) airplane billings in the first half of the year reached $10.4 billion, an increase of more than 25 percent over the same period last year, according to statistics released yesterday by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). This is the first time since the first half of 2008 that six-month industry revenues have exceeded $10 billion.

August 6, 2013 - 3:08pm

Cessna Aircraft celebrated milestones for two of its in-development business jets–the Citation M2 and next-generation Citation X–last week.

August 6, 2013 - 2:45pm

Fractional provider Bombardier Flexjet says it experienced 96-percent growth in new fractional and jet card sales during the first six months versus the same period last year. The company said sales of new fractional shares climbed by 112 percent, while new jet card sales gained 68 percent. “The skies continue to brighten for Flexjet,” said Flexjet president Deanna White.

August 6, 2013 - 9:46am

The European Commission approved the proposed merger of US Airways Group and American Airlines parent company AMR Corporation on Tuesday, eliminating one hurdle to the companies’ plan to create the world’s largest airline.

August 6, 2013 - 4:55am

Bombardier Aerospace has signed a letter of intent to authorize Ethiopian Airlines of Addis Ababa to perform line and heavy maintenance on Q400 turboprops, the manufacturer announced last month. The parties expect the agreement to take effect this month.

Ethiopian Airlines’ overhaul and repair facilities at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa employs an all-Ethiopian workforce of more than 750 licensed technicians and support staff.

August 6, 2013 - 4:25am

The UK’s BMI Regional signed a deal last month to supply an Embraer ERJ145–along with pilots, cabin crew and support–to Swedish regional airline Flyglinjen. Flyglinjen plans to replace a Fokker 50 turboprop on a route between Kristianstad, Sweden and Stockholm Arlanda Airport. The contract’s term extends 10 months, starting from August 12, using the Flyglinjen brand. Plans call for the airplane to operate under BMI Regional’s certificate using BMI Regional flight and maintenance crews, while Flyglinjen provides sales and ground services.

 
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