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October 27, 2014, 1:00 PM

The FAA changed its mind last week and refused a developer’s request to erect a number of wind turbines in the Erie, Pa. area, claiming they will interfere with radar in use at an ATC tower near the city. The agency had earlier decided the turbines would not be an issue for the airport. This decision has also found its way into a debate about the construction of wind turbines in Somerset, Md., amid concerns those units could interfere with flight-testing radar at nearby Naval Air Station Patuxent River.

 

October 27, 2014, 10:43 AM

Brazil has signed contracts with Saab for the supply of 36 Gripen NG (New Generation) fighters, and for industrial cooperation, following its choice of the Swedish fighter last December. The deals are worth just over $5.4 billion, which is nearly $1 billion more than announced last December. Eight of the aircraft will be two-seaters. Deliveries will be made over a six-year period starting in 2019.

October 27, 2014, 7:39 AM

The recent scrapping in Afghanistan of 16 Alenia C-27A Spartans, which were meant to serve as the core airlift fleet of the Afghan air force, has refocused attention on the equally problematic saga of C-27J procurement by the Pentagon. The Department of Defense (DoD) has bought only 21 of the 78 C-27Js that it planned for the U.S Air Force and Army. These are still flying in the U.S., but not on missions for which they were originally intended.

October 26, 2014, 5:45 PM

Montreal-based Innotech Aviation completed its first installation of a Honeywell Ovation Select Cabin Management System (CMS) in concurrence with a 120-month inspection on a Bombardier Global Express.

October 25, 2014, 11:00 PM

Emteq has been awarded a contract to provide its Quasar full mood lighting system for a Boeing 787 VIP completion that is scheduled to be delivered next year. Included in the contract are a Quasar ceiling dome light and Quasar II wash lighting. The 115-VAC system uses self-regulating power consumption and, as such, dispenses with a transformer rectifier unit, with an attendant weight saving. The lighting system interfaces directly with the cabin management system, requiring no additional controllers.

October 25, 2014, 10:45 PM

In conjunction with PT Dirgantara Indonesia, Airbus Defence & Space is undertaking a program to update the C212 Aviocar utility transport as the NC212i, to be built in Indonesia. The partnership has selected Genesys Aerosystems of Mineral Wells, Texas, to provide its S-Tec 5000 digital autopilot for the NC212i. The system provides a range of three-axis autopilot functions, including course intercept, vertical speed hold, indicated air speed hold and straight-and-level recovery. The S-Tec 5000 is fully integrated with the NC212i’s EFIS displays.

October 25, 2014, 10:30 PM

KaiserAir of Santa Rosa, Calif., announced a Fans 1/A upgrade for the Gulfstream IV and V to comply with new communications mandates. The upgrade solution was designed to be cost-effective and swift to install.

KaiserAir is expecting the STC to be awarded around 100 days after the program’s inception, having performed ground and flight-testing in August.

October 25, 2014, 10:15 PM

Air-charter operator Solairus has announced an air-charter membership club known as “Altitude.” The company, headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area, has built a sizeable business in aircraft management, operating from more than 40 locations across the U.S. and employing more than 400 flight and support personnel. Its managed fleet has more than 70 aircraft.

October 25, 2014, 10:00 PM

Starting January 1 next year Jet Aviation will add an FBO in the Bahamas to its global network. During the NBAA show the business aviation services company signed a management agreement with Executive Flight Support (EFS), based at Lynden Pindling International Airport at Nassau, the primary gateway to the Bahamas.

October 25, 2014, 9:45 PM

The days when FBOs made their profits solely on fuel sale margins are long gone and the industry needs to implement either a full service or á la carte fee structure, much like U.S. passenger airlines have done in recent years. That’s the message from John Enticknap, co-founder of the Aviation Business Strategies Group, a company that provides consulting services to FBOs.

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