Dassault Falcon Jet broke ground this week on an expansion and upgrade of its Little Rock, Ark. completion facility to accommodate the French airframer’s recently launched Falcon 5X and 8X. A 250,000-sq-ft hangar is part of the $60 million project, which adds production and completion space to the existing one million sq ft at the campus. Older hangars and the cabinet, upholstery and headliner shops will undergo a refurbishment.
The Embraer Executive Jets service center in São José dos Campos, Brazil, is now an authorized Rolls-Royce line maintenance center for the AE3007 in the South American country. The agreement allows Embraer to perform Rolls-Royce’s warranty or CorporateCare program services, which covers the cost of replacement parts, labor and scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. AE3007s power the ERJ-135 and -145 regional jets and Legacy 600/650 business jets.
Honeywell Aerospace appointed ABS Jets as a new authorized service center and authorized avionics dealership in the Czech Republic. The Prague-based group, which has been in business for 10 years, operates aircraft under management, and provides maintenance for Embraer Legacy and Phenom models, as well as for the Cessna Citation Bravo. It expects to be busy supporting and upgrading Honeywell equipment in the Legacy, and said it will now be able to offer customers preferential pricing.
Nextant Aerospace is back at JetExpo again this year with its 400XTi remanufactured business jet on the static display. Regional sales agent FortAero ordered two 400XTi aircraft at last year’s JetExpo event, and reports good results in charter operations since then.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) dismissed an exemption Norwegian Air Shuttle sought for its Ireland subsidiary to operate to the United States, saying it needs more time to consider the airline’s application for a foreign air carrier permit.
Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison wants more “national investment” to develop advanced rotorcraft to keep U.S. OEMs globally competitive.
Speaking at the Aero Club of Washington on July 29, Garrison noted, “Industry investment, coupled with a regulatory environment that keeps pace with innovation, will go a long way to meeting the growing demands [for helicopters]. But the final component of innovation is national investment and a sustained investment in technology.”
As more aircraft equip with ADS-B out capability, which broadcasts position, velocity, altitude and other information in unencrypted formats on easily received frequencies, business aircraft operators are concerned about whether they can continue blocking their aircraft from display on flight-tracking websites.
Operators for the first time successfully launched and recovered a small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) from a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker, the service said. They achieved the feat on August 18, launching an AeroVironment Puma AE from the flight deck of the Coast Guard cutter Healy, under way in the Arctic Ocean.
Two manufacturers shared the spoils of Japan Airlines’ major commitment announced last week covering a total of 47 regional jets. But the potentially bigger and undoubtedly more desperate winner proved to be Mitsubishi, the upstart regional jet manufacturer whose orderbook now shows memoranda of understanding, tentative agreements and firm orders from six customers.