Marenco Swisshelicopter, which announced its helicopter project last year at Heli-Expo, has unveiled the “high-visibility cockpit” of the SKYe SH09 light single, which features a wide windshield, thin uprights, large windows (including chin windows) a
AINalerts » January 31, 2012
Bombardier Aerospace and NetJets celebrated the rollout of the fractional provider’s first Global-series jet today, in this case a Global 6000 (neé XRS). Last March, NetJets placed an order for 50 Globals worth $2.8 billion, as well as options for an additional 70, breaking the fractional provider’s tradition of buying only Gulfstreams for its large-cabin jet fleets.
The 400th Citation Mustang rolled off Cessna Aircraft’s Independence, Kan. assembly line on Friday, marking a milestone reached slightly more than five years since the first twinjet was delivered. “What an achievement for Cessna and for the employees in Wichita and Independence who engineer, design, support and manufacture this airplane,” said Citation Mustang and M2 business leader Brian Rohloff.
Jet Aviation Zurich said it handled the majority of aircraft and passengers attending the 42nd annual World Economic Forum meeting, which was held late last week in Davos, Switzerland. From Wednesday through Sunday, the FBO handled 726 aircraft movements and 1,600 passengers, the same number as it did last year’s economic forum. “We welcomed and assisted most heads of state attending the World Economic Forum,” said Jet Aviation Zurich director Robert Whitehead.
LightSquared’s planned nationwide 4G broadband network got yet another reprieve from Sprint today. Last year, Sprint agreed to provide $15 billion to LightSquared for infrastructure needs, with one condition: LightSquared must obtain FCC approval by Dec. 31, 2011. The FCC didn’t come through–saying LightSquared has yet to prove its transmissions will not interfere with GPS signals–but last month Sprint extended its offer until the end of this month. And with barely 12 hours to spare, Sprint again extended this until mid-March.
NBAA air traffic services and infrastructure director Bob Lamond said that the Super Bowl, to be held this Sunday in Indianapolis, is drawing “very large interest” from the business aviation community. “Ramps are full and reservations are scarce at FBOs requiring them,” he said, adding that firm reservations are a must. A TFR will be in effect starting on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. CST.
Quest Aircraft Company received type certification for its Kodiak turboprop single from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Authority (ANAC). The airplane is now certified in seven countries around the world, and the company continues to work on additional approvals. The Kodiak completed a three-week demonstration tour in Latin America last fall, and Quest is preparing to embark on another tour of the region next month.
NBAA launched an “Election 2012” web resource yesterday to help the business aviation community be better informed and involved in this year’s elections in the U.S. While the association does not endorse any candidate in any race, the intent of the website is to help those in the business aviation community determine where candidates stand when it comes to issues affecting business aviation.
University of Cambridge Professor Holger Babinsky has created a one-minute video to dispel the myth that an airplane wing generates lift because the airflow moving over the upper surface has a longer distance to travel and “needs to go faster to have the same transit time as the air traveling along the lower, flat surface.” What actually causes lift, he said, “is introducing a shape into the airflow, which curves the streamlines and introduces pressure changes–lower pressure on the upper surface and higher pressure on the lower surface.
Fractional provider Flight Options donated 10 hours of fractional jet flight time to Corporate Angel Network, which arranges free flights to treatment for cancer patients using the empty seats on corporate jets. This contribution expands the relationship between Corporate Angel Network and Flight Options, which has donated flight time to the organization since 2001. “Corporate Angel Network provides a unique and extremely valuable service to those afflicted with cancer, and we are proud to be able to support this life-giving organization,” said Flight Options chairman Kenn Ricci.