Lockheed Martin announced yesterday that it is partnering with Sikorsky to promote the latter’s H-92 medium-lift helicopter for the new VXX presidential transport mission. This is the latest development in the tortured process to replace the fleet of aging Sikorsky VH-3Ds and VH-60Ns operated by the Marine Corps to transport the President and other government VIPs.
AINalerts » April 20, 2010
Bombardier Aerospace, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and NBAA yesterday announced that the fourth annual European Safety Standdown will be held on May 2 and 3 on the eve of this year’s EBACE show at the Crowne Plaza Geneva Hotel in Geneva. Practical workshops, a staple of the North American Safety Standdown, will be introduced to the European seminar this year.
Fractional Piaggio Avanti operator Avantair late last week announced more fleet expansion, further growth and new personnel hires. Avantair is continuing to take deliveries of new Avanti II turboprop twins and expects to more than double the size of its fleet over the next three years from 52 to 107 aircraft, the Clearwater, Fla.-based company said.
Some flights to large parts of Europe resumed today after six days of widespread disruption caused by ash from an erupting volcano in Iceland. Following the political intervention of European Union transport ministers late yesterday, restrictions were partially lifted in some countries but there was little or no flying in a core area of northern Europe.