With the debate over Europe’s emissions trading scheme heating up faster than you can say “illegal carbon tax,” aviation quietly continues the efficiency and emissions-reduction gains that have been under way for decades. Engine manufacturers are turning their ingenuity to building lighter engines that get more out of every drop of fuel and emit less greenhouse gas.
Two years after entering bankruptcy protection, restructured Irish regional operator Aer Arann has embarked on a fleet-replacement program. Last month it neared a resolution to negotiations to acquire eight ATR 72-600s, reflecting expectations for rejuvenation of a business that has fought valiantly to escape the ravages of the Irish economic collapse.
At the end of 2012 Mike Ambrose, 67, will retire as director general of ERA after serving more than 25 years in the post. The ERA board has approved the elevation of Simon McNamara, 40, to the role from his current position as deputy director general.
Sweden and Switzerland have reached agreement on sharing the cost to develop and introduce the next-generation version of the Saab Gripen fighter. The Swedish defense ministry said there are good opportunities for synergies, including training, maintenance and future upgrades.
The U.S. Army issued a draft solicitation seeking technical and cost proposals from industry to develop an air vehicle for its next-generation helicopter requirement, known as the Joint Multi-Role (JMR) aircraft. The first phase of the JMR technology demonstration effort would produce two demonstrator aircraft in 2017.
China’s ICBC Leasing has signed a firm order with Airbus covering a total of 50 A320-family narrowbodies, including 30 current-generation A320s and 20 A320neos.
For the seventh consecutive year Bell Helicopter has been named number one in helicopter product support in the AIN Product Support Survey.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) has appointed Premium Jet Aircraft Maintenance at Afonso Pena International Airport (SBCT) in Curitiba, Brazil, as an authorized service center to support the Hawker 125 and 400 series.
Spectrolab has selected Triumph Instruments of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as an authorized service center for the Starburst, Nightsun and Nightsun XP searchlights. Triumph Instruments provides instrument support services to general and business aviation, rotary-wing and air transport customers. It holds unlimited instrument ratings for FAA Class 1, 2, 3, and 4; limited radio, accessory and specialized services; EASA 145 aircraft instrument repair capabilities; and provides repair, overhaul, exchange and sales.
James Fitzgerald has joined Mxi Technologies as vice president of sales for the Americas. Fitzgerald will be responsible for strengthening Mxi’s presence and increasing market share in the Americas. This appointment coincides with Mxi’s increased business-focus on the region and the execution of go-to-market strategies for the Maintenix software product. Before joining Mxi, Fitzgerald was with Ramco Systems, where he most recently held the position of president of global aviation solutions.