As studies on Bombardier’s proposed 110- to 130-seat jets progress, all the early talk about extensive use of new high-tech composites in the airframe now appears somewhat exaggerated if not a complete misrepresentation.
Britain’s GKN Aerospace has signaled its intention to bid for stakes in one or more of the Airbus factories now being put up for acquisition or partnership under the troubled European airframer’s Power8 restructuring plan. The strategic acquisition could play a key part in GKN’s ambition to more than double its annual revenues to reach $4.2 billion by 2016.
Dassault Aviation is about to start researching more ecologically friendly aircraft designs as part of the European Commission-funded CleanSky joint technology initiative (JTI). With several partners, the French business jet manufacturer will focus on airframes and systems under the e117 million ($155 million) Eco-design integration technology demonstrator (ITD) project.
Despite a business dispute with Tekhnoavia (AIN, February, page 10), Geneva-based Intracom General Machinery has vowed to continue the Viper project. The GM-17 Viper is a modified Piper P Navajo, from which the two wing-mounted 425-hp piston engines are removed and a single 750-shp Walter M601E turboprop is placed in the redesigned forward fuselage, among the improvements.
Jet Aviation Geneva (Switzerland) was named an approved maintenance facility for the Gulfstream II and GIV by the Ministry of Transportation, Civil Aviation Affairs, of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Without doubt, Coulson’s most famous helicopter is S/N 61428. In 1977, while operating as New York Airways’ N619PA, the S-61L was involved in one of New York City’s most highly publicized accidents, the deadly rollover of the helicopter high atop a landmark skyscraper.
Keystone Helicopter is introducing its new Silencer airframe at Heli-Expo, along with expanded Rolls-Royce 250 and Honeywell LTS 101 engine services.
It’s that time of the year when AIN’s editors cast our collective mind back over the people and the events that captured our attention through the past 12 months and inspired the thousands of manuscript pages that filled our 2004 issues. Despite (or because of) the U.S.’s preoccupation with a repeat of 9/11, it didn’t happen, and the turnaround in the fortunes of the U.S.
“This FAA certification represents a significant milestone in the expansion of our airframe maintenance capability,” said David Storch, president and CEO of AAR. The Wood Dale, Ill. company received FAA repair station certification for its new airframe maintenance operation in Indianapolis called the Indianapolis Maintenance Center (IMC).
Spokane, Wash.-based Rocket Engineering is developing the Turbine P/Baron in parallel with the Royal Turbine Duke program. The Baron conversion, which fits two PT6A-21 turboprops and Hartzell four-blade full-feathering-reversing metal props to the light twin, costs about $700,000 (airframe additional). The company plans to have an STC in about 12 to 18 months.