Transport Canada has granted Aviation Partners (API) Canadian supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for its high Mach blended winglets on the Falcon 900 series.
In a complaint filed on December 1 in the U.S. District Court in Austin, Texas, Airbus claims that Aviation Partners “has stated repeatedly…that Airbus’s winglet falls within the claims of the [Aviation Partners winglet] patent, and that Airbus must therefore pay API a royalty for its allegedly infringing design.”
The Washington, D.C.-based trade association representing major U.S. airlines, formerly known as the Air Transport Association of America, has changed its name to Airlines for America (A4A) to emphasize the industry’s role in connecting the U.S. to the global economy.
Gore Design Completions is on a roll with a full shop and new contracts for an Airbus ACJ320-200 and a larger Airbus ACJ330-200.
This is on the heels of delivery of the San Antonio-based completion center’s first Boeing 777, a -200LR for an Asian head of state. The aircraft was finished in 12 months and delivered ahead of schedule.
Pinnacle Airlines said in late October that it would close the headquarters of its Eagan, Minn.-based Mesaba Airlines subsidiary toward the end of next year’s first quarter as it moves to reduce the number of its operating certificates from three to two. Pinnacle also owns Manassas, Va.-based Colgan Air.
Embraer won an order for 11 more 118-seat E195s from Brazilian airline Azul in late October, not long after New York-based JetBlue canceled an order for 12 E190s. The contract with Azul, owned by JetBlue co-founder David Neeleman, calls for deliveries to start early in 2013. Embraer places the value of the contract at $497 million.
Gulfstream International Airlines has reached an agreement with Saab Aircraft Leasing to buy six 34-seat Saab 340Bplus turboprops, the Fort Lauderdale-based airline announced in late October. It plans to deploy all the airplanes on its Florida/Bahamas routes, where they will replace 19-seat Beech 1900Ds.
Airbus Corporate Jet Center (ACJC), a specialist in Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) cabin completion and associated services, has signed executive cabin completion contracts with Aviation Link Company of Saudi Arabia for two Airbus ACJ319s.
Safe Flight Instrument is celebrating its 65th anniversary with several new programs, including a speed-control system for the Cessna 400 and 208, Lancair Evolution, Quest Kodiak and Viking Twin Otter and autothrottles for the Gulfstream G150, Cessna Citation X and Hawker 800 series.