Aviation

August 6, 2013 - 1:30am

The first Airbus ACJ321 interior is being completed at Comlux America in Indianapolis, with delivery to sister company and charter operator Fly Comlux in Zurich expected next year.

The airplane is the newest private jet from the Airbus ACJ series, and when Fly Comlux takes delivery, its fleet will include at least one each of the entire ACJ single-aisle bizliners: the ACJ318, ACJ319, ACJ320 and ACJ321. The ACJ321 will be the largest of that ACJ series in the Fly Comlux fleet.

August 6, 2013 - 1:10am

Netherlands-based Aviation Glass & Technology has reached an agreement with Airbus Corporate Jet Centre to supply a range of glass and mirrored glass products.

According to Aviation Glass CEO Frans van Hapert, “The crystal-clear UV-resistant glass is 20- to 25-percent lighter than its polycarbonate alternative [and] the superior damage- and scratch-resistance of the glass in all aircraft applications meets growing industry demands to reduce life-cycle costs.”

August 6, 2013 - 12:55am
The rendering of a bizliner galley is one example of Yankee Pacific’s design department creativity.

Business jet interior components supplier Yankee Pacific Aerospace is doing “really well this year,” according to managing director Ken Goldsmith.

“We’ve seen an uptick, largely driven by the advent of the executive 747-8 and we see the future further driven by executive variants of the 787, [and] still to come are the business and private versions of the Boeing 737 Max and the follow-on 777X,” said Goldsmith. He also noted that the re-engined Airbus A320Neo is still to come, as is the A350 XWB from Airbus.

August 6, 2013 - 12:20am
The modified UH-60M with new executive cabin by Sabreliner is a far cry from the bare-bones military variant.

It was six years ago that Sabreliner decided to enter the helicopter modification business. The company has since found a growing niche market in UH-60M Black Hawk modification and cabin refurbishment, transforming these rough-and-tumble combat aircraft into luxurious executive transport for heads-of-state around the world.

The St. Louis-based company most recently delivered executive variants of the Black Hawk to the Royal Jordanian Air Force, bringing the total number of highly modified UH-60Ms to 11.

August 5, 2013 - 1:55pm

The FAA’s newest runway safety enhancement tool, runway status lights (RWSLs), became operational on July 25 at Washington Dulles International Airport (KIAD). The new system uses a series of colored lights embedded in the runway and taxiway pavement to help prevent runway incursions by offering pilots and vehicle operators a simple visual system to determine whether it is safe to cross or enter a runway.

August 5, 2013 - 1:48pm

Vehicle movement area transmitters (Vmats) have been installed at both Denver (DEN) and St. Louis-Lambert (STL) international airports to help improve runway safety.

August 5, 2013 - 1:40pm

The prospect of an ATC facility without human air traffic controllers is progressing well, according to Dr. Dave Byers, a pioneer in the technology that would enable this development.

August 5, 2013 - 1:32pm

The FAA issued a recommendation on July 28 to the flight crew of non-U.S. airlines flying into San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to back up a visual arrival by using a GPS approach normally stored in the aircraft’s flight management system (FMS). The onboard approaches can generate a virtual glideslope during visual approaches regardless of the status of ground-based electronics.

August 5, 2013 - 1:10pm

A Russian-owned Mi-8 helicopter being flown on July 31 in support of the United Nations World Food Program crashed in Ethiopia while en route to South Sudan. The helicopter was carrying four people–two pilots and two passengers–at the time of the accident. The extent of injuries to those aboard was not reported.

August 5, 2013 - 12:25pm

Austria’s FACC and Belgium’s Sonaca have each won contracts to supply parts of the all-new wings for the Embraer E2 jets, as the program continues to gain momentum since its launch at June’s Paris Air Show. Under the terms of the contracts, FACC will design and build composite ailerons and spoilers, while Sonaca takes responsibility for the airplanes’ carbon-fiber flaps and metallic slats.

 
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