AgustaWestland (Outside OE2) here announced that the Mexican government has ordered five A119 Koala single-turbine and three A109S Grand twin-turbine helicopters. They will be used in civil protection and emergency medical service roles, among others.
Oxford Aviation is planning to move its aircraft refurbishment business from Oxford County Regional Airport, Maine, to nearby Sanford Regional Airport, where it will open a 93,000-sq-ft building next spring. The 4,601-foot runway at Oxford County has limited refurbishments to aircraft the size of a Citation V or Beech King Air.
Raytheon Aircraft delivered 39 jets and 36 King Airs in the third quarter of this year compared with 29 jets and 27 King Airs in the same period last year, according to figures released last Thursday at Raytheon’s third-quarter earnings conference call. The deliveries bring this year’s nine-month total to 187 turbine airplanes, compared with 158 for the period last year.
Zodiac (Hall 1 Stand B18c) is a phenomenon in the French aerospace industry. It has survived for 110 years and descendants of the founders are still involved in the business. But, now, after 15 years of 14.5-percent average annual profit increases, questions have surfaced about the level of debt that Zodiac carries and where the group will head after 2008, when its chairman and CEO, Jean-Louis Gerondeau, retires after 30 years at the helm.
On Thursday, the FAA plans to release a proposed special FAR (SFAR) mandating recurrent training for all Mitsubishi MU-2 pilots. The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) will have a short 30-day comment window.
NBAA’s board of directors yesterday selected Archie Trammell–a weather radar specialist, aviation journalist and lifelong safety advocate–as the recipient of the 2006 NBAA Award for Meritorious Service to Aviation. The board also chose to bestow FlightSafety International veteran James Waugh Jr. with the 2006 NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award.
The recipient of the this year’s NBAA John P. “Jack” Doswell Award, given for lifetime achievement in furthering the goals of business aviation, said the great people he has had the opportunity to work with over the years have meant more to him than anything else.
The FAA awarded Bombardier (Booth No. 3097) its 2005 Diamond Certificate of Excellence at a ceremony here at the convention on Sunday, signifying the commitment of the company and its technicians to ongoing training and education.
Sometimes you just outgrow a name, as Kelner Turbine did. As of September the company is rebranded to CD Aviation Services. According to a company spokesman, the name change accompanies the introduction of a new facility in Calgary, Alberta.
The Los Angeles Interagency Metropolitan Police Apprehension Crime Task Force (L.A. impact) has ordered a single-turbine Enstrom 480B Guardian. The helicopter, which will be based in Pasadena, is expected to be delivered next month.