AgustaWestland has suspended talks with China Chongqing Helicopter to assemble an unspecified AW model in Chongqing. The Chinese enterprise had sought to assemble the AW helicopter for both domestic sales and export, as well as those from other OEMs, at the site. AW already assembles AW109s in China under a separate arrangement with Avicopter.
Recent upgrades to India’s Defense Procurement Policy (DPP) 2011 that are to be incorporated in DPP 2012 could soon allow foreign vendors to buy from Indian companies assemblies that contain foreign content while getting credit for the entire assembly, as long as the content is paid for in rupees.
The civil aviation authorities for mainland China, Macau, Canada and the Cayman Islands have accepted Hongkong Jet as an approved aircraft maintenance organization. They follow recognition by the Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department. “With the strong growth in business aviation in mainland China and customers’ increasing level of sophistication, more customers on the mainland are requesting maintenance services to international standards as they travel to Hong Kong and beyond,” said Chris Buchholz, CEO of Hongkong Jet.
Dassault Falcon promoted Jean-Michel Jacob to senior vice president of international sales. In his new position, he will oversee all sales activity for Dassault Falcon in Asia, the Pacific Rim and South America. Jacob, who has worked for the French aircraft manufacturer in several sales capacities since 1987, will be based in Beijing. He was named vice president of international sales in 2005 and established the company’s Asian sales headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2007.
Members of both houses of Congress have sent letters to President Obama decrying his advocacy of a $100-per-flight user fee on turbine-powered aircraft that fly in “controlled airspace” in his proposed Fiscal Year 2013 federal budget.
In a March 12 letter, 28 senators told the President that bipartisan passage of the comprehensive, multi-year FAA reauthorization bill was possible “in part because it did not assess new user fees on general aviation (GA).
Embraer will establish an Engineering and Technology Center in its aeronautical cluster in Melbourne, Fla., to conduct R&D activities for both product and technology development. Initially it will focus on executive jet interiors and will include a materials and interiors laboratory. Embraer plans to partner with educational institutions to develop programs of mutual benefit. It is the second research and development center established outside its headquarters complex at São José dos Campos, Brazil.
Aerochine Aviation (Booth P702), the independent representative for Bell Helicopter in China, Hong Kong and Macau since 2009, reports that last year was a banner one for the company’s sales in China.
Go to AIN’s ABACE landing page to find the latest news and photos from the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition, being held from March 27 to 29 at the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre in Shanghai, China.
India’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence has slapped a $3.3 million penalty and fine on New Delhi-based Bharat Hotels for not paying customs duty on the Embraer Legacy 600 it imported for charter services in 2009.
Jet Aviation (ABACE Booth P516), a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S.-based General Dynamics, has added interior completions to the capabilities of its facility in Hong Kong.