Flight planning and trip-handling company Air Routing has released a fuel stop analyzer as part of its new online Trip Quotes service. Customers can use Trip Quotes to “determine Air Routing arrangement fees, international third-party charges and estimated fuel costs before planning a trip,” according to the company. With the fuel stop analyzer, pilots and dispatchers can evaluate tech stops along a great-circle route and compare fuel prices.
The EAA announced that Elvis, one of 17 S-64 Aircranes operated and owned by Erickson, will be on display at its annual convention in Wisconsin this month and would likely fly demonstration slurry drops from its massive 2,650-gallon tank. The Oregon company builds, sells and operates S-64s in a variety of firefighting, construction and logging applications.
AgustaWestland’s order book for the AW139 medium twin now exceeds 430. The latest order is from Egypt’s Petroleum Air Services for two and options on two more. PAS services platforms in the Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea.
Vision Systems International, a joint venture between Elbit Systems and Rockwell Collins, has received a $54.1 million contract to begin production of Gen II helmet-mounted display systems for the F-35 Lightning II. Lockheed Martin awarded VSI the contract to deliver 52 displays and 30 aircraft shipsets. These HMDS components cover the requirements for Lots 1, 2 and 3 of F-35 low-rate initial production.
Austria-based cabin component supplier List here at EBACE revealed the first-ever flexible-stone product for business aircraft cabins. Applications include floors, lavatories and galleys. According to List, the technique of creating flexible stone is relatively simple but requires great precision.
NetJets Europe has become the first operator permitted to fly the Falcon 7X trijet into London City Airport (LCY), which requires special approval for the downtown airfield’s 5.5-deg steep approach. The fractional ownership provider last year flew nearly 5,000 flights to and from the airport, making London City the fourth most popular destination in the operator’s fleet.
Flightline First opened a new FBO facility at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans late last month. The FBO is located in a classic building dating from the 1920s next to the airport’s famous art deco terminal building, which is undergoing restoration to its former glory. Both the terminal and Fliteline’s 20,000-sq-ft hangar were heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina.
Bombardier Flexjet on February 3 launched a round-trip pricing program that reduces the cost of one- or two-day round trips for owners committed to at least 100 flight hours per year. The program gives owners a 15-percent discount for each hour of a qualifying round trip. Round-trip pricing can be used on any day of the year, even on peak days, and there is no minimum time requirement on use of the aircraft.