In a complaint filed on December 1 in the U.S. District Court in Austin, Texas, Airbus claims that Aviation Partners “has stated repeatedly…that Airbus’s winglet falls within the claims of the [Aviation Partners winglet] patent, and that Airbus must therefore pay API a royalty for its allegedly infringing design.”
Aviation Partners received STC approval from Transport Canada for its high-Mach, blended winglets on 900-series Dassault Falcons last week. The company obtained an FAA STC in September and EASA approval is expected “imminently.” The company plans to install the Falcon 900 winglets on its first Canadian-customer aircraft in January.
American Airlines last week revealed its choice of the Airbus A319 and A321 as part of its A320 family fleet order announced in July 2011. Plans call for the A319s to come equipped with CFM56-5B engines, while IAE V-2500-A5s power the A321.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support will make available factory-completed Hawker 400XPR and 800XPR business jets, the company announced here in Dubai. Through the program, GCS plans to help customers locate and buy airframes for installation of XPR program updates and any other customer-specific options.
FACC AG delivered the first set of winglets for a Falcon 2000LX to Dassault Aviation yesterday. The company signed a contract with the French aircraft manufacturer for delivery of OEM winglets for the Falcon 2000LX and 900LX in April.
Winglet Technology of Wichita, Kan., introduced an elliptical winglet design specifically for the Hawker 200 and Premier I/IA light jets, and will offer the winglet for retrofit on existing Premier I/IA jets beginning in the first quarter of 2013, the company announced at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas.
BLR Aerospace has achieved FAA certification for its latest upgrade package for the King Air 200 series turboprops. The Everett, Wash.-based performance enhancement specialist’s new Ultimate Performance Package (UPP) for the B200GT, developed in conjunction with Hawker Beechcraft, includes the BLR winglet system, the Raisbeck Ram-Air Recovery System and Hartzell’s newest composite four-blade propellers.
Charter operator XOJet today announced a firm order for seven Hawker 800XPRs, with delivery of all seven scheduled before the end of the year.
Nextant Aerospace received FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) approval last month for its 400XT conversion for the Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP. The company also announced that it is beginning a program to offer winglets on the jet and already has begun to study the next aircraft for conversion, according to Nextant president James Miller.
Wing-tip extensions–known as winglets–that reduce aerodynamic drag and improve fuel efficiency and range have become familiar features on a variety of business and commercial jets. Quiet Wing Technologies (Booth No. C10432), Redmond, Wash., says it was the first company to certify winglets on a transport category aircraft–the venerable Boeing 727, many of which are still in operation as VIP-configured aircraft.