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April 23, 2014, 11:15 AM

Barry Beegle has joined the R-R M250 team at Air Services International as lead engine mechanic. Beegle brings 40 years of aviation experience, starting with eight years of service in the Air Force. He has specialized in the Rolls-Royce M250 for more than 20 years and has worked for Garrett Turbine, Rockwell International, Aviall and MD Helicopters. His field service areas included Taiwan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, the Philippines, Russia, Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

April 23, 2014, 11:05 AM

Cabin Innovations has named Gary Stephens engineering manager. Reporting directly to Cabin Innovations president Harvey Ticlo, he will be responsible for leading the engineering team and advancing the design and development capabilities for private-aircraft galleys and interiors. Previously Stephens worked for Associated Air Center as principle project engineer, senior project engineer and lead engineer on multiple single-aisle and widebody completion projects. He has 15 years’ experience in the interiors business.

April 23, 2014, 11:00 AM

A proposed Learjet 45 FAA airworthiness directive is prompted by reports of non-conforming windshield supports (coupe rails). It would require a general visual inspection to detect gouging and scratches and to determine if a radius has been removed; an ultrasound inspection to measure the dimensions of the lower coupe rails; an eddy current inspection to detect cracks of the lower coupe rails; replacement of the lower coupe rails if necessary; and revision of the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable.

April 23, 2014, 10:01 AM

Azul Airlines plans to fly internationally for the first time between São Paulo, Brazil, and several cities in the U.S., starting early next year, the Brazilian regional airline announced Wednesday.

April 23, 2014, 9:17 AM
Lockheed Martin F-35A

Australia will order 58 additional Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II fighters for $12.4 billion, the government said on April 23. Including jets the country has already ordered, the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) will be able to field three squadrons of the fifth-generation fighter.

April 22, 2014, 5:13 PM
United Airlines 777

Passenger satisfaction with U.S. airlines remains low, according to an annual benchmarking survey, which identified uncomfortable seats and poor inflight service as major contributing factors.

April 22, 2014, 3:10 PM

Pratt & Whitney Canada started running a full PW800 engine demonstrator late last year, company vice president of business aviation and military programs Michael Perodeau told AIN yesterday. He confirmed that the demonstration effort has progressed according to plan but gave little detail.

April 22, 2014, 3:00 PM

Minsheng Financial Leasing’s (MSFL) order for 60 Gulfstream jets (40 firm, 20 options) announced last week at ABACE in Shanghai is in addition to, not further confirmation of, a $2.6 billion order for 50 Gulfstreams under an MoU signed between the two companies in July 2011. Thus, Minsheng now has up to 110 Gulfstreams on order–a mix of G280s, G450s, G550s and G650s–that AIN estimates are worth approximately $5.6 billion, including options.

April 22, 2014, 2:55 PM

The FAA said yesterday that it will delay by one year the April 22, 2014, compliance deadline to implement pilot training and qualification, airspace and other operational provisions in the new helicopter safety rule.

April 22, 2014, 2:50 PM

The EASA certified the Airbus Helicopters EC145T2, an upgraded version of the light twin with new engines and a shrouded tail rotor, late last week. The approval covers the helicopter’s full range of capabilities, the company said, including single-pilot, IFR, Category A takeoff and night-vision-goggles operations.

The certification comes a few months later than expected, delayed by the need to solve an aerodynamic issue in sideways flight. The Helionix avionics suite, developed in-house and featuring a four-axis autopilot, also contributed to the delay.

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