When Bell Helicopter sold its remaining stake in the BA609 civil tiltrotor program to partner AgustaWestland about two years ago, industry analysts figured that Bell was exiting this niche market. But might not be the case, since Bell unveiled a next-generation tiltrotor–the Bell V-280 Valor–yesterday at the Army Aviation Association of America (Quad A) convention in Fort Worth, Texas.
AINalerts » April 11, 2013
Business aircraft flying dipped for the second month in a row, with activity falling 2.6 percent year-over-year last month, according to TraqPak data released on Tuesday by aviation services company Argus. The company did note that the earlier Easter holiday–which fell in March this year but in April last year–could have affected business activity last month.
As expected, President Obama’s budget for Fiscal Year 2014, released yesterday, includes a proposed aviation user fee–just as previous budgets have since 2007 when the Bush Administration first floated the idea.
The second-annual Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) kicks off next week at the Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Centre FBO at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport in China, and it promises to play a vital role in stimulating and facilitating growth in the adoption of business aircraft as productivity tools in the region.
India has reduced the advance application requirements for foreign-registered aircraft from seven to three business days for landing permits and from three days to one business day for overflight permits. The legislation, which has been cleared by the state cabinet, is now awaiting amendment to the civil aviation requirements by India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to enable it to be enforced. That process is likely to take around two months, sources have told AIN.
In a vote before the San Jose city council on Tuesday, Signature Flight Support’s proposal for the development of an $82 million FBO in conjunction with Blue City Holdings (representing the private aircraft of the principals of Google) at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport received overwhelming approval. A final verdict is expected next week at the close of a brief public comment period.
With an estimated total of as many as 8,000 visitors and 500 exhibitors spread over nearly two million square feet in the giant Messe Center in Hamburg, Germany, Aircraft Interiors Expo organizers are expecting continued growth. Before the three-day show closed its doors today, more than 80 percent of the available space for 2014 had already been sold.
A cabin mockup of Bombardier Aerospace’s new Learjet 75 will make its Mexican debut in Toluca, from April 18 to 27. The mockup will be on display during the 10th edition of Aero Expo in Toluca, Mexico, from April 18 to 20, as well as for an extended display period in Toluca at Assertec’s hangar from April 20 to 27. Derived from the Learjet 45, the new Learjet twinjet will enter service later this year, Bombardier said.
Production of Cessna Aircraft’s new Citation Latitude is on schedule, and the company expects that full airframes will be on the manufacturing lines by year-end. The midsize business jet is scheduled to fly in the first quarter of next year. The Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer has already started building test articles, and has moved from engineering, analysis and modeling to cutting metal. Meanwhile, Cessna started a 19-city tour in the U.S. last week that showcases a Citation Latitude cabin mockup.
King Schools will release the first-ever online Helicopter Flight Instructor Refresher Course (FIRC) by early summer, the company announced yesterday at the Sun ’n Fly-in in Lakeland Fla.