Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison told AIN that his company is seeking airframe partners on its new 525 Relentless super-medium twin, which was announced last month at Heli-Expo in Dallas. “We’re looking at that. On the airframe side there are some potential partners that we are in detailed discussions with, but it is too early to announce anything yet,” he said.
Aeria Luxury Interiors has been launched as an affiliate of ST Aerospace San Antonio. Ron Soret, general manager of completions, outlines his plans for the new company in an interview with AIN contributing editor Thierry Dubois.
Just what is behind the curtain? Nearly a decade of speculation surrounding trademark and patent filings, leaked inter-company memos, and rumors concerning a major new model may be coming to an end for Bell Helicopter. The company is set to make a big announcement at its booth (No. 9846) at 11:30 this morning here at Heli-Expo.
After constructing two hangars totaling nearly 44,000 sq ft last year, Fort Worth Meacham International Airport-based service provider Texas Jet has expanded its operations again with the acquisition of neighboring FBO Fort Worth Flight Support (formerly Phazar Flight Support). The purchase adds two hangars and an executive terminal that will serve as the facility’s new private terminal, according to Texas Jet president Reed Pigman. The FBO–which fuels approximately 10,000 private turbine aircraft a year–now operates 22 hangars at Meacham, totaling more than 400,000 sq ft.
Transport Workers Union president James Little expressed “shock” last week at the depth of concessions AMR Corporation has asked from its employees as part of its plan to emerge from bankruptcy.
American Eagle last month confirmed plans to replace all of its ATR 72 turboprops operating from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport with Embraer ERJ 135s, 140s and 145s. As a result, 14 markets throughout Arkansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas gained all-jet service beginning January 31.
Bell Helicopter has put a price on playing catch-up: $1 billion. That’s how much the Textron company plans to spend on accelerated research and development, new and renovated facilities, taxable inventory and operations during the next four to five years. It’s all in an effort to recapture some of the market share Bell has lost to Eurocopter and AgustaWestland over the last three decades.
L-3 Platform Integration has selected PAC Seating Systems of Palm City, Fla., to provide a range of 16-g seats, divan frames, slouching seats and full-flat sleeper seats as part of a 747-8 head-of-state completion project by the Waco, Texas completion center.
West Star Aviation has named John Hayes general manager at its Dallas Love Field facility. Hayes has more than 33 years’ experience in the aviation industry and was most recently director of maintenance with Business Jet Access in Dallas. Before that he held positions with NJI, Executive Jet International, Net Jets Middle East, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Gulfstream.
Some 50 students from a Las Vegas magnet school crowded the Mitsubishi MU-2 exhibit to hear Barrington Irving describe his around-the-world flight in a Columbia 400, in his own words.