As Inmarsat prepares to launch the first Global Xpress Ka-band satellite later this year, Honeywell engineers have successfully completed the preliminary design review of satcom hardware that will be installed in aircraft. The review covered the satcom terminals and antenna subsystems that Honeywell will manufacture for commercial and business aircraft. This included “external interface control documents and fuselage- and tail-mount antenna specifications,” according to the company.
Erickson Air Crane is buying Evergreen Helicopters for $250 million, as well as Air Amazonia from Brazilian oil and gas exploration company HRT for $65 to $75 million. Both deals are expected to close in the second quarter and will boost Erickson’s current $180 million annual revenues to a projected $430 million.
Russian Helicopters delivered two Mi-171 medium-twin helicopters to Siberian operator Skol Airline. They are fitted with special lifting and transport equipment, including an on-board boom and winch able to lift loads of 330 pounds and an external hoist rated for 8,800 pounds. The new helicopters will “help Skol strengthen its position in the international air-freight market,” it said.
Dassault Falcon will host 11 regional maintenance & operations (M&O) seminars in seven countries this year. Regional seminars provide Falcon operators an opportunity to communicate directly with Dassault’s specialists, engineering teams and pilots. Dassault specialists will be on hand to demonstrate the company’s latest service products and programs, including EASy II, electronic flight bags and cabin entertainment systems.
ExecuJet Australasia has opened a new maintenance facility at Perth International Airport. The facility offers maintenance, repair and operations, technical support capabilities and charter and aircraft management services. It can accommodate mid-range/long-range aircraft and provides maintenance support for Bombardier, Gulfstream, Embraer and Beechcraft.
Embraer has named Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering (Staeco) of Ji’nan, China, its authorized service center in China. Staeco will provide line and heavy maintenance for E-Jets in accordance with China Civil Aviation Regulation Part 145 standards.
The Chinese regional aviation market will be responsible for 15 percent of worldwide deliveries of 61- to 120-seat jets in the next 20 years. Embraer forecasts a demand in China for 1,005 new jets up to 2031 in this category (455 jets in the 61- to 90-seat segment and 550 jets in the 91- to 120-seat segment).
Constant Aviation of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport has named Rich Barlow as the MRO’s Northeast regional sales manager. Most of Barlow’s 30 years of aviation experience has been in MRO sales. Most recently he was the Northeast region sales manager for Hawker Beechcraft. Barlow will be responsible for selling maintenance, avionics, interior modifications/refurbishments, composite and accessory services for the Northeast Region. He will also work with the parts distribution division, Constant Aviation Rotable Exchange, to support customers’ parts needs.
Eclipse Aerospace powered up the first production Eclipse 550 very light jet at its Albuquerque, N.M. facility, the company announced yesterday. An Eclipse spokesperson told AIN the process entailed “a normal power on of both [Pratt & Whitney PW610F turbofans] and all aircraft systems.”
“New business jet demand remains weak, especially at the small end, but there have been intermittent signs of recovery,” says J.P.Morgan in its latest business jet market report. However, the higher end of the market remains strong while the lower end is still weaker.
Backlog for new business jets remains stable, ending 2012 at about $40 billion, which J.P.Morgan says is consistent with each of the last two years but still down more than 50 percent from the peak in 2008. “We estimate that half of this backlog is attributable to the G650 and the Global [series],” it noted.
“There are still a number of battles to win if we are to see business aircraft flight activities in Europe return to pre-crisis rates,” EBAA chairman Rodolfo Baviera said at the association’s annual general meeting, held on Friday in Brussels. “EBAA has established a set of key priorities aimed at removing growth barriers for our sector–be they financial or operational–to ensure that we can continue meeting the demand” for business aircraft travel.