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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.

April 22, 2014, 2:40 PM

The FAA granted a certificate of authorization (COA) yesterday to the North Dakota Department of Commerce to fly the Draganflyer X4-ES quadcopter at the Northern Plains unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test range, the first of six national UAS test sites to begin operations. This two-year COA marks the first authorization from the FAA for a UAS test site.

April 22, 2014, 2:34 PM

NBAA lauded the European Council’s move to continue to “stop the clock” on further implementation of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), while ICAO representatives work on a plan to address aircraft emissions worldwide. The EC agreed last Monday to extend the “stop the clock” provision affecting non-European operators until the fall of 2016, when representatives at the next ICAO Assembly are expected to move forward on an international framework for both technological and market-based emissions-curbing measures for the industry.

April 22, 2014, 2:27 PM

Aviation services company Argus formed a partnership with Hong Kong-based business aviation consultancy T3 Private Jets Asia last week at ABACE 2014. According to the companies, this relationship will increase the efficiency and timeliness of providing Argus’s aircraft operator audits and aviation services in Asia. It also “underscores Argus’s commitment to mutual Asian clients and T3’s ability to deliver these services and products to Asia, at significantly reduced costs by using resources already in the region.”

April 22, 2014, 2:15 PM

Composites Atlantic of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, won a multi-year contract with Bombardier Aerospace to manufacture composite parts for the horizontal stabilizer of the Global 7000 and 8000. The Canadian vendor will ship parts to Bombardier’s plant in Belfast, N. Ireland, which is responsible for the design and manufacture of the horizontal stabilizers for Globals. Composites Atlantic has been a supplier to Bombardier Belfast since the mid-1990s and manufactures composite parts that are installed on many of the Canadian OEM’s aircraft.

April 22, 2014, 2:05 PM

A coalition of 12 aviation organizations, including NBAA, NATA and the U.S. Contract Tower Association, sent a joint letter to House and Senate appropriations leaders who support “full and dedicated funding of the FAA’s Contract Tower Program in Fiscal Year 2015.” According to the letter, “Events of the past year have made it abundantly clear that the FAA Contract Tower Program enjoys strong bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress.

April 22, 2014, 2:00 PM

Bell Helicopter signed a purchase agreement with Xinjiang Tianyun General Aviation for a new Bell 407GX. The Chinese company will use the helicopter for sightseeing tours, executive transport and agriculture support. “We are delighted to select the Bell 407GX to be our first helicopter,” said Xinjiang Tianyun GA executive director Zhu Yue. “It is durable and versatile, exactly what our company was looking for to fit the missions we are planning.”

April 22, 2014, 1:36 PM
UH-60MU Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter

Sikorsky Aircraft completed the first flight of an optionally piloted Black Hawk demonstrator last month in a joint effort with the U.S. Army, the company said on April 21. The Black Hawk serves as a second testbed for Sikorsky’s “Matrix” research program to develop and field systems for autonomous vertical takeoff and landing aircraft.

April 22, 2014, 11:17 AM
 Hawkeye

In the light of growing Chinese incursions into Japanese airspace, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force has established a new permanent squadron of Northrop Grumman Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft on the island of Okinawa. The ministry of defense has also broken ground for a new radar site located on Japan’s most westerly island, Yonaguni.

April 21, 2014, 4:01 PM
Beechcraft at ABACE

Spending a week in China at the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition is a refreshing reminder that as much as countries like China want to put general aviation to work, the actual implementation is going to be nothing like what aviation-minded westerners are used to. It seems we have a naive desire to see general aviation in China replicate the landscape of non-commercial aviation in the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

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