The AgustaWestland AW609 civil tiltrotor achieved another milestone on the road to certification, recently completing autorotation testing at the company’s facility in Arlington, Texas. Over the course of 10 flight hours in March and early this month, an AW609 test aircraft made more than 70 power-off conversions from airplane to helicopter mode.
FlightSafety International will build a new learning center in Columbus, Ohio, replacing the current facility there that dates back to 1999, the company announced today. Construction of the new facility will be completed in two phases, it said.
Phase one, scheduled for completion in December, will include a 55,000-sq-ft facility to house six full-motion flight simulators, 13 pilot and maintenance training classrooms, 12 briefing and debriefing rooms and 12 graphical flight-deck simulators.
The FAA issued a Special FAR on Friday that prohibits “certain flight operations” in a portion of the Simferopol Flight Information Region (FIR) by all U.S. airlines and commercial operators, and–with narrow exceptions–those with a U.S. airman certificate and operators of U.S.-registered civil aircraft.
Airbus Group’s electric E-Fan experimental aircraft made its first public flight on Friday during an E-Aircraft Day event in Bordeaux, France. The all-composite, electric E-Fan training aircraft is an experimental technology demonstrator. Airbus Group and its partners are using the platform to perform electric and hybrid aircraft research and development. The research efforts also support the environmental protection goals of the European Commission, as outlined in its “Flightpath 2050” program.
Mesinger Jet Sales has been selected to facilitate the Gulfstream and Learjet 60 fleet renewal for Abu Dhabi-based aircraft charter firm Royal Jet. Over the next two years, Royal Jet plans to replace three of its existing medevac and VIP aircraft. Mesinger Jet Sales will help Royal Jet with the acquisition of the newer aircraft, as well as disposal of the three older jets. Royal Jet said the fleet upgrade will “provide its VIP clients an improved experience and further expand its network.”
Long hindered by political and economic sanctions, Myanmar has emerged as one of the remaining frontier markets in Southeast Asia. Since the 2012 elections, the Thein Sein Administration has taken great strides to unlock the country’s economic and tourism potential. A highly competitive market has developed in just two years.
In her last public talk as National Transportation Safety Board chairman on April 21, Deborah Hersman made a final pitch at the National Press Club for child safety restraints in commercial aircraft. The NTSB has been trying to convince the FAA to mandate the equipment for several decades, and Hersman used the 1979 crash of United Airlines Flight 232 in Sioux City, Iowa, to make her point. Although the accident claimed 111 lives, another 185 people on board survived. A number of small children were among the passengers that day.
France’s civil aviation authority, the DGAC, has approved the idea of training medical personnel as helicopter emergency medical service (Hems) “technical crewmembers,” beginning October 8. This change should meet the EASA IR-OPS requirement, which France opted out of for two years. Most helicopter EMS flights in the country today are conducted by a single pilot.
Ryanair’s legal team is to challenge an April 17 ruling by an Amsterdam court against an earlier lawsuit filed by the Irish carrier against Dutch TV station KRO. The court found that the KRO documentary “Mayday Mayday” did have sufficient evidence to support its report into alleged low fuel reserves during three different emergency landings by Ryanair aircraft in Valencia, Spain back in July 2012.
Ukraine International Airlines on Friday operated its first ever transatlantic flight—a nonstop trip with a Boeing 767 from Kiev to New York—some seven months after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration reinstated Ukraine’s Category 1 status under its International Safety Assessment Program (IASA). UIA now flies a single round trip each day between Kiev Boryspil International Airport and New York JFK Airport.