Jet aircraft

August 2, 2012 - 2:55am
BBJ interior mockup

Associated Air Center (AAC) has taken the art of cabin completion and refurbishment to a new level with the June 28 opening of a 4,000-sq-ft design center at its Dallas Love Field site.

“The bulk of all interiors we provide to our customers are conceived, detailed and built by our own internal design department,” said v-p and general manager Chris Schechter. “This new design center will showcase the best of what we do at AAC: creative and innovative design, talented craftsmen and an overall commitment to quality.”

August 1, 2012 - 1:20pm
Indian charter operator Taj Air is now authorized to provide scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and inspections for all Falcon 2000s.

Dassault Falcon has named Indian charter operator Taj Air as a Dassault Falcon authorized line service station at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. The facility, which is already operational, will provide scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and inspections for all Falcon 2000 models. Initially the facility will serve Indian-registered Falcons; EASA approval is expected early next year. The 35,000-sq-ft facility also offers 24-hour AOG assistance.

August 1, 2012 - 12:53pm

Qatar-based Rizon Jet has been granted approval by the Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation for its Doha facility to maintain and repair Bermuda-registered aircraft under an AMO certificate. The MRO has also added the Learjet 45 and Challenger 300 to its Biggin Hill, UK, line and base maintenance list of aircraft capabilities. Both locations are EASA Part 145 compliant and hold approvals from a number of different states. The centers offer AOG support on Bombardier and Hawker aircraft.

August 1, 2012 - 5:30am

A U.S. bankruptcy court has cleared the way for Hawker Beechcraft to begin “exclusive negotiations” for China’s Superior Aviation Beijing to acquire the civil aviation interests of the financially troubled group.

August 1, 2012 - 4:05am
An elevator designed and fabricated by L-3 Platform Integration is unique in that it includes a stop in the baggage bay.

L-3 Platform Integration, one of the premier cabin outfitters of widebody bizliners, had “a great year” last year, and with contracts in hand to do the interior completion on two new Boeing 747-8s, this year and beyond look bright as well.

Ken McKelton, v-p of head-of-state programs at the Waco, Texas-based center, pointed out that the shop has done green completion and major refurbishment work on no fewer than a dozen widebody airliner conversions in its 40-year history.

July 31, 2012 - 3:34pm
Bombardier To Halt Learjet 60 Production

Bombardier Aerospace will temporarily cease production of the Learjet 60XR later this year due to flagging demand for the $13.71 million eight-passenger twinjet, the company announced to employees at its Wichita facility late last week. Though the “production pause” will start late in the fourth quarter, “We will continue delivering Learjet 60XRs into 2013 and we will be honoring all orders for the airplane,” a Bombardier spokeswoman told AIN.

July 31, 2012 - 2:56pm

Gulfstream Aerospace recently delivered the 600th Gulfstream jet equipped with the PlaneView cockpit, nine years after the flight deck entered service. The milestone aircraft was the 362nd G550 to be delivered. In addition, Gulfstream has installed more than 250 synthetic vision systems and enhanced navigation systems. Meanwhile, the company is in the last phases of certifying PlaneView II, the “advanced” flight deck that will make its debut on the Gulfstream G650, which is expected to enter service later this quarter.

July 30, 2012 - 4:30pm

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) for the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine on July 25, several days after All Nippon Airways was forced to ground five of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners when the engine maker flagged up problems during product development testing. The Trent 1000 powers all of the

July 30, 2012 - 4:00pm

The two pilots operating an Air India Airbus A330 between Delhi and Shanghai were grounded after an incident in which the aircraft encountered turbulence strong enough to damage the aircraft and injure some crew and passengers.

Despite reports from flight attendants of damage and injuries in the cabin, the two pilots did not divert the aircraft to a nearby airport, but continued on to the original destination. 

July 30, 2012 - 3:50pm
ANA Boeing 787

All Nippon Airways returned to service the last of five grounded Boeing 787s on July 30, a little more than a week after Rolls-Royce discovered a defect in a batch of Trent 1000 engines installed in the airplanes.

 
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