Helicopter pioneer, inventor and philanthropist Charles Huron Kaman died Monday at the age of 91. Kaman earned an aeronautical engineering degree in 1940 and later was employed at United Aircraft’s Hamilton Standard division, where he worked with Igor Sikorsky. In 1945, at age 26, he founded Kaman Aircraft and served as its CEO until 1999 and chairman until 2001.
AINalerts » February 3, 2011
In his latest outlook, business aviation analyst Brian Foley sees an industry poised for a growth spurt, “albeit from an extremely depressed base.” He noted that many industry segments–including charter and fractional providers, fuel sales, maintenance and other service providers–are already reporting “measurable improvement.” Business aircraft manufacturers are also recovering, though more slowly.
China’s aviation authorities started to allow helicopters to fly in low-altitude airspace last week, as a first step toward opening more access for private aircraft, state media have reported. The first tests, planned to last two months, involve four helicopters, flown by eight pilots from Shanghai-based Zhengyang Investment Group (a company the state media describe as a player in general aviation).
Sikorsky Aircraft completed a “minority equity investment” in Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aerospace yesterday. Neither company disclosed the value of the deal. An agreement “in principle” for Sikorsky to take a “substantial” minority stake in Eclipse was revealed in October at the NBAA Convention, and since then both parties have remained mum on the deal until yesterday’s announcement.
The U.S. Departments of Defense, Transportation, Commerce and Homeland Security, as well as the civil GPS Industry Council–of which NBAA is a member–have filed objections with the FCC over a new satellite-enabled cellular broadband service from LightSquared.