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News Note:Lockheed Martin formally opened its presidential helicopter integration facility near Binghamton, Mass., last month.

The $25 million facility at Lockheed’s Owego plant will house administrative offices, laboratories and an aircraft integration hangar.


Rotorart for Mozart

This example of public art is currently on display in the Residentsplatz in Salzburg, Austria, as part of the city’s 200th anniversary celebrations of its
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Cabin Interior and Electronics

Brisk helo sales boost completions business

If the helicopter industry has been going nowhere fast in recent years, the direction now appears to be up, and shops doing special-mission and corporate h
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R&D Center Loses Funding

American Helicopter Society (AHS) president Rhett Flater warns that the rotorcraft industry risks losing one of three university-based Rotorcraft Centers o

NVG Specialists Reach STC Milestone

Aero Dynamix has received an 11th STC approval for a night vision goggle (NVG)-compatible cockpit modification, this time for the Eurocopter AS 350B3.

PZL Swidnik Delivers 500th Airframe

PZL Swidnik in Poland has handed over its 500th airframe–an AW139–to AgustaWestland, marking 10 years of cooperation between the two companies.


Latvia To Get A109 Powers

The Latvian Border Guard has ordered two Agusta A109 Powers to increase its border-patrol capabilities before joining the European Union’s Schengen (open b

Extra Comfort for S-92 Crew

Sikorsky has taken delivery of a new, ergonomically improved crew seat for the S-92.

Third bizav option likely in New Jersey

A new business aviation airport appears set to emerge in New Jersey, where the two major facilities serving business jets, Teterboro and Morristown, are at

Mesaba, Comair head back to court

Mesaba Airlines last month filed a new bankruptcy court petition to void its contracts with its pilots, mechanics and flight attendants, only three weeks a

Q400s Fly into Iraq

Royal Jordanian Airlines began flying direct flights to the Kurdish city of Sulaymaniah in northern Iraq last month with one of its recently acquired 70-se

Arik Takes Delivery of Two CRJ900s

Arik Air, Nigeria’s new airline, took a solid step forward last month when it accepted delivery of the first two Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets in Africa
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RAA 06 Convention Report: Ornstein bullish on Go! following June 9 launch

Mesa Air Group CEO Jonathan Ornstein reported that load factors at his new inter-island Hawaiian market entrant dubbed Go! “significantly exceeded…expectat

RAA 06 Convention Report: T-props grab top billing at annual meet

The resurgent turboprop market showed no signs of retreat during late May’s Regional Airline Association convention in Dallas, where word leaked that Conti

RAA 06 Convention Report: Interests clash as group takes pass on ATC funding

The relatively heavy traffic in the exhibit halls during this year’s RAA Convention in Dallas might have obscured an underlying atmosphere of anxiety if no

Cockpit Avionics

The earliest versions of the Internet and e-mail trace their existence back to the 1950s, when Rand researchers first started thinking about ways to connec
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News Update: Pinnacle Ready for a ‘Beating’

Pinnacle Airlines CEO Phil Trenary told a gathering of journalists at the RAA convention in Dallas in late May that he fully expects his airline to, in his

News Update: ASA To Lose ATRs

Delta Air Lines has decided to allow the leases to lapse on Atlantic Southeast Airlines’ ATR 72s, spelling the end of the fleet by June 30 of next year, ac

News Update: Embraer Takes Back Wing Work

This month will mark the end of Kawasaki Aeronautica do Brasil’s wing production in Gaviao Peixoto, Brazil, as the company transfers work packages for the

News Update: Buttrell Quits Comair

Fred Buttrell resigned his position as president of Delta subsidiary Comair in late May, days after a bankruptcy court judge rejected the airline’s request

Start-up hopes to outfox other VLJ competitors

Tony Fox, the 84-year-old entrepreneur credited by those with long memories as being the father of the very light jet, last month sold the 1970s-era Foxjet
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Europe ready to test technical results of in-flight cellphone use

As regulatory agencies in Europe and North America grapple with whether to permit the use of personal mobile phones in flight, the companies that intend to

Insurers evaluate VLJ risks

As the industry prepares for very light jets (VLJs) to live up to their billing to transform personal transportation, air-taxi and charter operations, memb

Air-to-Ground Spectrum Explained

The total 4-MHz slice of frequency spectrum that was the subject of the FCC’s 800-MHz auction is the same spectrum that has been allocated for air-to-groun

Pilot Pleads Guilty to Drug Smuggling

Former Flight Options pilot Franklin Rodriguez, 36, last month pleaded guilty in federal court to charges that in April last year, while in the Air Nationa

Child’s Play with a Heart

Last month, Signature Flight Support presented a check for $126,847 to Give Kids The World, a charity that creates magical memories for children with life-

Pentastar Approves EFB through AML Process in Falcon 2000

Pentastar Aviation in Waterford, Mich., last month announced it has received STC approval to install an electronic flight bag portable computer from CMC El

Innotech-Execaire Teams on EFBs

Innotech-Execaire has selected On-Board Data Systems (OBDS) as its partner for software and services in support of a fleet-wide electronic flight bag (EFB)

Axxess Makes Debut in Falcon 2000

Duncan Aviation last month reported that it installed and certified the first AirCell Axxess onboard communications system, in a Falcon 2000.

24/7 FBO Opening at Berlin Schoenefeld

ExecuJet Europe this month is opening what it describes as the first dedicated executive aircraft FBO at Berlin Schoenefeld Airport.