StandardAero and TAG Aircraft Interiors (Booth No. 651) announced at EBACE a joint venture for completions with interiors designed by the House of Versace. The latter will be responsible for content, design and style, while Standard Aero will manage logistics and technical aspects and act as marketing and sales agent. Actual completions will take place at StandardAero’s Springfield, Illinois facility.
Aviation information provider JetNet (Booth No. 1428) has launched a helicopter market summary report and is showcasing the new product here at Heli-Expo’09. The report includes “extensive data” on the number of airframes for sale within the industry, high and low average prices, average airframe and engine time, and average days on the market.
U.S. aircraft maintenance specialist Duncan Aviation has come to the MEBA show having just forged a new partnership with Abu Dhabi-based Prestige Jet. The two companies are jointly exhibiting here in Dubai.
Semia, a French manufacturer of maintenance equipment, was at Helitech 2008 exhibiting the Syntham 5000, a new engine vibration-check device that can monitor several channels simultaneously.
Testing continues on the Boeing 787 despite the now three-week-long machinists’ strike estimated to cost the company $100 million a day. Yesterday, Boeing successfully completed a high-pressure test, known as “high blow,” on the Dreamliner test airframe at its Everett, Wash. factory.
The first production model of a new generation of Marine One U.S. Presidential helicopters made its initial flight earlier today at AgustaWestland’s plant in Yeovil, England. Designated by the U.S. Navy as VH-71, the helicopter is based on the three-engine AW101. The first block of five helicopters is scheduled to begin entering service next year. The Navy has been test flying four prototype block one aircraft over the past year.
Grand Junction, Colo.-based West Star Aviation has completed Supplemental Inspection Document (SID) inspections on 27 Cessna Conquest II twin turboprops, ensuring that the airframe is free of corrosion, cracks, debonding, abnormal wear and other anomalies.
Jet Aviation’s facility at Hannover, Germany, has been made an FAA repair station for the Gulfstream 100 and 200 jets, as well as the Westwind series. This allows it to handle scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, airframe and engine repairs, avionics modifications, inspections and defect rectifications for the former Galaxy/Israel Aircraft Industries models.
Boeing last Thursday moved the 787 prototype designated for fatigue testing (aircraft No. 4) from the final assembly factory in Everett, Wash., to another production bay at the facility, where assembly work will continue. The move paves the way for the second flight-test airplane (aircraft No. 3) to advance to the next position in the production line today.
Boeing has completed the power-on sequence for the first 787 Dreamliner, the company announced today. The process began early this month with a series of pre-test continuity checks to verify proper wiring connections. Upon completion of those checks, the Boeing team plugged in an external power cart and slowly began to bring full power into each segment of the system, beginning with the flight deck displays.