Mere months after a corporate shakeup rocked Enstrom Helicopter to the roots of its mahogany row, the Menominee, Mich.-based rotorcraft manufacturer celebrated the largest single-customer sale in its 44-year history. Making the marketers dance was news of the sale of no fewer than 18 Enstrom 480Bs to the Indonesian National Police. The 480B is a turbine powered by a single Rolls-Royce 250-C20W.
The 2010 Singapore Airshow (Hall 2 Stand B9) has taken reservations for 80 percent of its available space just five months after this year’s inaugural event. Managing director Jimmy Lau is here at Farnborough aiming to sign firm contracts for 30 percent of that area and had already received 15 percent after Farnborough’s opening day. “We have to keep the momentum going,” Lau said yesterday.
The Mexican air-taxi company Sarsa purchased a new Raytheon Hawker 800XP at the convention. Based in Monterrey, Sarsa has flown Hawkers for 30 years, and this is their 12th purchase of the aircraft. “They are so reliable you can bank on them,” said Felipe Cardenas, general director of Sarsa. The air taxi’s typical mission is 1.2 hr with four passengers. Twice a month, it flies from Toluca, Mexico, to New York nonstop.
“If you’re reading this and haven’t made travel arrangements for the Olympics yet, you’re definitely behind the power curve,” Nancy Pierce, technical sales and support manager for international trip planning for Jeppesen, told AIN. The Beijing Olympics are being held from August 8 to 24.
An amendment to Massachusetts’ recently approved 2002 budget (H.B.3207) will eliminate the 5-percent sales and use tax when aircraft and aircraft parts are sold in the state, starting in March. Even though the tax- break amendment was approved as the legislature completed its business for the year, state tax officials will need until March to make the required procedural changes that formally extinguish the tax.
The CanPass general aviation border-crossing program resumes on April 2 at 176 airports in Canada. The program, which allows pre-screened travelers to clear customs quickly, was suspended immediately after September 11. The restored program will be available only for flights from the U.S. For more information, visit the Canada Customs Web site at www.ccra-adrc.gc.ca/.
At press time the inaugural Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (LABACE) was still officially scheduled for January 16 to 18 in Saõ Paulo, Brazil, but NBAA said it was giving serious consideration to changing the show’s date, a move prompted by the country’s presidential election next month and the expected formation of a new national civil aviation agency, which the association said needs time “to become fully establ
The FAA has installed nearly 30 Webcams in Alaskan mountain passes, rocky coasts and remote villages to supplement the agency’s aviation weather reports. Each of
the sites includes the direction being viewed plus a “loop” feature that permits a nearly 360-degree view. Images can be viewed at http://akweathercams.faa.gov.
The families of nine people killed in a February 2004 Super King Air crash cannot sue the manufacturer, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District has ruled. The court upheld a lower court’s decision, which stated that the General Aviation Revitalization Act of 1994 precluded the lawsuit. The act states that manufacturers cannot be held liable if the aircraft is more than 18 years old. The King Air in question was built in 1980.
Hawker Beechcraft King Air 200, Huambo, Angola, Jan. 19, 2008–Thirteen people, including the pilot and copilot, were killed when the Gira-globo charter flight crashed in the mountains on an IMC approach to Huambo Aerodrome. The Angola Department of Civil Aviation is investigating the accident with the help of an NTSB representative.