Silver Airways chief financial officer Sami Teittinen replaced Dave Pflieger as the airline’s CEO as of September 5. The switch came after Pflieger accepted Hawaii Island Air’s chief executive position, held by Paul Casey until October 1. Casey has agreed to serve as a senior advisor for Island Air’s board of directors.
Airbus has acknowledged it will require “two or three months” to obtain a realistic understanding of the A320neo's performance, following the September 25 first flight of the re-engined single-aisle twinjet. “It's not just measuring cruise and climb performance, but also engine-out behavior [and everything else] and then asking 'What does it all mean?” commented flight and integration tests senior vice-president Fernando Alonso.
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America (HS-NA) has been named an Airbus Helicopters D-Level certified repair center for the AS350/AS355 and EC130. D-Level structural repairs include landing gear, main gearbox, engine and component attachment points as well as fuselage/tailboom, vertical fin and horizontal stabilizer junction.
AAR has secured multiple contracts for work to be done at its newest maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Lake Charles, La. These contracts, including agreements with two major U.S. carriers, represent a milestone for the repair station, which began operations at this location a year ago. With these commitments, AAR’s Lake Charles MRO has begun supporting a customer mix of major U.S. carriers, leasing institutions and private operators covering widebodies such as the Airbus A330 and A340 and Boeing 767 and 777.
Aerion’s long-awaited AS2 supersonic business jet (SSBJ) program received a major boost last month when Airbus signed up for a partnership involving an exchange of knowledge and capabilities in design, manufacturing and certification. According to Aerion, the collaboration will support the Mach 1.6, $100+ million AS2 through to certification. Although the industrialization plan for the new jet has still to be confirmed, the Reno, Nev.-based group said that this will happen “over the course of the next year” and confirmed that it is no longer searching for a manufacturing partner.
Airbus announced European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification of the A350-900 widebody on September 30. The manufacturer said U.S. Federal Aviation Administration certification should follow shortly.
Airbus Helicopters said Protean won its 2014 Vision Zero Aviation Safety Award for development of the LZControl.com landing-zone database, a free-flight safety service for the air medical industry. Pilots using the company’s LZControl can easily access landing-zone maps and satellite images, pull down current weather and IFR information and locate site-specific contacts.
The unveiling of a new livery on Thursday of Etihad Airways’ first A380 at Airbus’s Hamburg factory signaled the start of a new era for the Abu Dhabi-based carrier, as it prepares to launch its first services with the superjumbo in December.
Airbus began immediate processing of flight-test data from the A320neo’s September 25 first flight, which Single Aisle program experimental test pilot Philippe Pellerin described as “a lot of fun” as he emerged from the aircraft at the Toulouse-Blagnac factory in southwest France. The first A320neo, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM geared turbofan (GTF) engines in the 33,000-pounds thrust class, “really feels like an A320–which is good news,” remarked fellow experimental test pilot Etienne Miche de Malleray, who occupied the right-hand seat.
Airbus flew its new A320neo on its first test mission on Thursday, marking the start of a 3,000-hour flight-test program scheduled to lead to certification and entry into service in next year’s fourth quarter. Powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared turbofans, MSN6101 took off from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France at noon local time.