Chasing the Polish requirement for up to 70 new multirole helicopters to replace aging Mil Mi-8/17s, Eurocopter announced that it will create an assembly line for the EC725 Caracel in that country. Turbomeca simultaneously announced that it will produce the helicopter’s Makila 2 turboshaft engines in Poland.
In early March, AviaGroup Nord announced plans for a major redevelopment of the Pulkovo-2 terminal in St. Petersburg. The project will transform a 1950s-era airline terminal into a modern business aviation complex and is scheduled for completion by November.
Since the building has protected historical status, AviaGroup Nord is able to make only limited changes to its façade, but internally everything is changing, except for the retention of some striking Soviet-era aviation-themed artwork.
The European Commission is taking to task the vast majority of its 27 nation states for their lack of progress in forging the Single European Sky through a program to unify regional airspace.
Inefficiencies caused by Europe’s fragmented airspace generate extra costs of close to €5 billion each year, adding 42 kilometers (27 miles) to the distance of an average flight, and forcing aircraft to burn more fuel, generate more emissions, pay more in user charges and incur delays. The U.S. controls the same amount of airspace, with more traffic, at almost half the cost.
Patrick Ky, who has led the Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar) program through its development phase, has been named executive director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), effective September 1. Ky will succeed Patrick Goudou, who has headed the European safety authority based in Cologne, Germany, since it was created in September 2003.
Aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul services firm Vector Aerospace (Booth No. C4332) renewed its engine services agreement with Air Greenland, based in Nuuk, Greenland. Under this two-year extension, Vector provides Air Greenland with fixed- and rotary-wing engine repair and overhaul support from its two facilities in Canada–Vector Aerospace Engine Services Atlantic in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, and Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America in Richmond, British Columbia.
European Commissioner for Transport Siim Kallas admitted to excessively slow progress on the Single European Sky (SES) last week and characterized Russia’s continued charges for Siberian overflights as unacceptable. He has threatening European Union member states with legal action over their failure to carry out their respective SES responsibilities. Separately, he is planning a March 21 meeting in Moscow to pressure Russian authorities to address what he views as “unfair” overflight fees.
The San Marino Aircraft Registry secured the registration of a Pilatus PC-12 owned by a major Swiss company this week, marking the 43rd aircraft to be recorded at the registry, which made its debut in December at MEBA. Under new laws recently passed by the government of San Marino, it is now possible for aircraft to be registered in the principality under the name of the owner, ensuring that the process is completely transparent.
Gulfstream announced today that its new super-midsize G280 has received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The twinjet, which replaces the G200, can seat up to 10 passengers and has a range of 3,600 nm at Mach 0.80. A joint effort between the Savannah airframer and Israel Aerospace Industries, the G280 earned U.S. and Israeli certification last August and entered service in November.
San Marino has relaunched its aircraft registry by taking steps to make it more attractive to foreign owners and has signed a partnership agreement with U.S.-based Aviation Registry Group (ARG), which already administers Aruba’s offshore registry.
The Mediterranean island of Malta, which was awarded Britain’s George Cross gallantry medal for its resistance against Axis air raids and a naval blockade during World War II, is now engaged in a campaign to become as involved in the aviation services industry as it previously has been in maritime affairs.