Compared with business jet cabins, helicopter cabins–even those in many executive helicopters–lean toward the utilitarian. Now American Eurocopter, in partnership with Heritage Aviation Services (both in Grand Prairie, Texas), has designed a cabin interior for the EC 155 that offers business jet amenities along with embedded acoustical barriers for improved soundproofing.
Newly built Piper Meridian turboprops will be more “useful” than their predecessors after FAA approval of modifications that will increase useful load by 235 lb, a 15-percent increase, New Piper Aircraft announced at the NBAA show yesterday. The modifications, expected to be certified by the end of the year, consist of aerodynamic and structural changes.
Steecon Enterprises (Booth No. 1061) recently announced availability of its Star Trak “pocket” doors for the Dassault Falcon Jet 900/900EX following a ruling by the FAA to allow owners of these aircraft to install doors in partitions between passenger compartments.
After a successful flight program and anticipated certification, Aviation Partners Inc. (API) is announcing the Hawker 800SP blended winglet program, with initial customer deliveries beginning early next year.
It’s a sad fact of economic life that there is often opportunity in tragedy, and while some helicopter industry leaders aren’t necessarily looking to cash in on the worldwide terrorism scare, they have approached the U.S. government with a proposal that would make thousands of commercial helicopters available in times of national crisis.
The flight department of Greek-based construction company Consolidated Contractors International was faced with a challenge when the group’s 82-year-old chairman asked them to fit his Bombardier Challenger 601-3R with a wheelchair lift. Their boss’ arthritic knees made boarding the aircraft painful, and he was sick of the indignity of having to have the crew lift him up the steps.
The NTSB is investigating whether a rudder problem caused a United Boeing 737 to swing suddenly left and right and bank sharply while descending for landing in Chicago late last month. The pilots reported the airplane suddenly swung to the left and right when it started to descend at about 9,000 ft msl. When the autopilot was disconnected, the airplane banked sharply. Rudder problems are suspected in two fatal U.S.
Following the 1998 crash of a Swissair MD-11 off Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has issued an aviation safety advisory concerning the location, size and power sources of standby flight instruments. However, the TSB is emphasizing that no evidence suggests these caused the accident.
A U.S. Customs MD 600N helicopter was damaged last month during the seizure of a half-ton of marijuana when a group threw rocks at the aircraft. The incident took place at the climax of a raid on a group of 13 men as they tried to smuggle the contraband using a raft to cross the Rio Grande River near McAllen, Texas.
DeCrane Aircraft Systems’ PATS unit recently completed a 42,000-sq-ft expansion of its facility at Sussex County Airport in Georgetown, Del. The two hangars can now simultaneously accommodate up to five Boeing Business Jets. PATS is an authorized BBJ service center and recently began interior completions on a BBJ. PATS is the Boeing-authorized installation facility for BBJ winglets and long-range auxiliary fuel systems.