Indianapolis-based Comlux America expects to receive a supplemental type certificate (STC) for 600-series Bombardier Challengers by the fourth quarter. The STC project installs and certifies the equipment required for operation in airspace requiring Fans/controller-pilot datalink communications. The system incorporates equipment from Universal Avionics Systems, International Communications Group and L-3 Aviation Recorders. Comlux America will start the initial installation in early spring for an unidentified launch customer.
Jet Aviation has appointed New Delhi-based Arrow Aircraft Services as its MRO sales representative for India, effective April 1. As the regional sales representative for India, Arrow Aircraft Services will help promote Jet Aviation’s maintenance and refurbishment business, including the company’s MRO facilities in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Singapore; Geneva and Basel. Arrow Aviation Services was founded in 2009 and is part of the Arrow Group, a provider of business aviation sales, charter and operation management in India.
While the FAA acknowledged that “economic uncertainties” still affect the business jet market, the rate of decline slowed last year and the agency expects a recovery in the near term. In its annual 20-year aerospace forecast, released last Thursday, the FAA is calling for “robust growth” in the long term, driven by higher corporate profits and the growth of worldwide GDP, although at rates slightly lower than those predicted last year.
The Jan. 1, 2020, mandate for installation of ADS-B Out equipment in U.S.-registered aircraft was a hot topic last week at the Aircraft Electronics Association show in Nashville, Tenn. FAA officials noted that of the estimated 157,000 aircraft that need the upgrade, fewer than 3,500 had undergone the work as of March 11.
Vulcanair delivered the first P68 Observer 2 in China yesterday, less than two weeks after the Chinese Civil Aviation Authority (CAAC) granted type certificate validation for the twin turboprop. The aircraft was delivered to Vulcanair’s Chinese distributor, Tianjin-based China Aero Supply, which will in turn hand over the turboprop to its undisclosed customer. Vulcanair said this Observer 2 will be used for aerial photo missions. China Aero Supply also has “a number” of P68 Observer 2s on order, which will be delivered to China “soon.”
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) will hold a general aviation rally on March 28 at Bombardier’s Dallas Service Center at Dallas Love Field. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R) and House Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D), Sam Johnson (R), Pete Sessions (R) and Marc Veasey (D) will be the featured speakers.
India’s next government needs to press ahead with the development of domestic air routes, according to a new report published by consultants KPMG last week. India’s Five-Year Plan for the period 2012 to 2017 included a policy to improve flight connections between second- and third-tier cities, but progress all but stalled due to the political inertia that has gripped government ahead of elections to be held in April and May. At the same time, the recent downgrading of the country’s aviation authorities to Category 2 by the U.S. FAA has compromised India’s ability to develop further international air service.
Australia’s Defence Materiel Organization awarded Boeing Defense Australia a five-year contract extension valued at AUD $901 million ($819 million) to maintain Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) E-7A Wedgetail airborne early-warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft. Nearly half, or AUD $443 million, of the money will be spent in Australia, Defense Minister David Johnston said.
Airbus has started final assembly of the first A320neo in Toulouse, France, with the attachment of the forward and aft fuselage sections, which recently arrived from St. Nazaire in France and Hamburg in Germany, respectively.
Air traffic controllers calling in sick on March 30, 2012, left two ATC sectors–Kimberley and Cable–too short of personnel to keep them operational, according to a recent report from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). Airservices Australia, the air navigation service provider, erected a temporary restricted area (TRA) designed to prevent aircraft from entering because there was no one to provide necessary ATC service. Despite the TRA, two Airbus A330s somehow entered and flew through the unmonitored airspace.