This year’s Eurocopter Golden Hour Award went to a rescue crew formed by captain Daniel Aufdenblatten and rescue specialist Richard Lehner of Air Zermatt, Switzerland, and captain Sabin Basnyat, chief pilot of Fishtail Air, Nepal. On April 29, 2010, the team successfully rescued a party of three Spanish mountain climbers stuck aton a steep slope of Mount Annapurna, the world’s second highest mountain, at an altitude of 22,800 ft.
Aviation Fabricators of Clinton, Mo., received EASA and FAA STC approval for the new “Traveler” upgrade of its Air Econo high-density seats for the King Air. Like the Air Econo seats, a King Air B300 reconfiguration will allow a total of 15 passengers in what is typically an 8- to 11-passenger cabin. The design of the Traveler seat allows more passenger legroom and is slightly more comfortable on longer hauls.
Lufthansa Technik is busy and expects to become busier. The Hamburg, Germany-based MRO and completion and refurbishment company is currently working on an A318 for a Middle East customer, a BBJ for a Far East client and two A340-400s for the German government.
Universal Weather & Aviation has introduced the second release of its Universal Mobile application. This allows UVAir cardholders to access their online fuel management accounts through any Web-enabled mobile device, including iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry or Android.
Aircraft charter and management group Rizon Jet (Stand C310) yesterday signed a contract with Private Flight Global, a New Zealand catering group, to become its preferred in-flight cuisine provider.
Universal Weather and Aviation (Stand C325) has introduced the second release of its Universal Mobile application. This allows UVAir cardholders to access their online fuel management accounts through any Web-enabled mobile device, including iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, or Android. Via Universal Mobile, UVair customers can look at what their total fuel charges will be for a planned trip.
This is my first trip to Dubai, so a blog post from me on the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) show is appropriate. Because I’ve attended many NBAA shows, people from AIN who’ve been to Dubai before have been preparing me for MEBA, with a note that this is no more than a mini-NBAA. While many of the players are the same people I just saw in Atlanta a little more than a month ago, the way the show is built seems pretty alien to me.
This AIN editor had an opportunity to tour Emirates/CAE Flight Training Center in Dubai. I was quickly impressed not simply with the size of the center, but also the pristine nature of the entire facility, a location that appears to have thought of almost every possible customer comfort, from snacks and drinks for crewmembers, no matter when their classes might operate, to limousine services to carry customers to and from their hotels.
Last month Louisiana-based helicopter operator PHI settled lawsuits with four crash victims’ families in the wake of the Jan. 4, 2009, fatal crash near Morgan City, La., that killed both pilots and six of seven oil platform passengers aboard a Sikorsky S-76C. The helicopter collided with a red tail hawk at 850 feet agl and was fitted with a lighter-weight replacement windshield.
MIU Events and Exhibitions Group India is hosting the Indian Business Aviation Expo from February 21 to 23 at the Hotel Shangri-La in New Delhi. The 2011 event has been expanded to include more exhibitors, and delegates can attend sessions that include the prospects for business aviation in the region, aircraft financing issues in India and regulatory and infrastructure challenges in the emerging country. Registration is $240 per person.