While Sikorsky Aircraft’s parent company, United Technologies (UTC), reported improvement in its second-quarter earnings compared with last year, the helicopter manufacturer itself experienced a decrease of 3 percent in sales, a 24-percent decrease in operating profit and a drop in return on sales of 2.8 basis points. In a webcast today, Greg Hays, CFO of UTC, attributed the decreases partly to weak military aftermarket sales, which he said were down 25 percent, and the fact that sequestration is making it harder to process orders for spares.
AINalerts » July 23, 2013
Aviation authorities in China and Canada have completed type certification for Gulfstream’s new G280. The U.S. manufacturer confirmed the approvals late last week and the new super-midsize model now meets all airworthiness and environmental requirements in the two countries. The steps clear the way for customers to place G280s on the national registers of China or Canada for the first time. The aircraft has previously been certified in the U.S. and Israel, as well as having been approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency. It entered service on November 13 last year.
The International Bureau of Aviation (IBA) predicts the global business jet fleet will grow by almost 60 percent between now and 2025, rising from 19,700 to 30,750 aircraft.
The FAA has approved a process to remove an altitude restriction on 800-series Hawkers equipped with winglets developed by Aviation Partners (API). The agency issued an airworthiness directive in June, requiring operators to comply with API service bulletin SBH-13-001, which limited maximum altitude to 34,000 feet until a fix could be developed. AD 2013-11-16 was “prompted by reports of several instances of severe vibration and wing/aileron oscillations,” according to the FAA.
The first of some 80 EC225 helicopters subject to a series of airworthiness directives to address main gearbox lubrication issues will start resuming flight operations by the end of July, Eurocopter confirmed.
Jetcraft Corporation today announced the launch of the Hud Vision Access head-up display system for the Challenger 604. The equipment, based on Kollsman’s enhanced flight vision system, is covered by a new STC, which gives Challenger operators reduced-visibility landing credits for using the display. Jetcraft and its subsidiary Jetcraft Avionics have selected West Star Aviation to handle system installations.
Aruba recently introduced new rules covering the use of designated inspectors by the Caribbean island’s Department of Civil Aviation. The new regulation allows inspectors, who can be located anywhere in the world, to be used by the country’s aircraft registry in procedures including airworthiness inspections, crew licensing, approval of operator manuals and flight simulator compliance.
Jet Air Group in Green Bay, Wis., is to host a fly-in for Mitsubishi MU-2 twin turboprop operators. The event will convene at the MRO’s facility on July 26 and 27 as a prelude to the EAA AirVenture show in nearby Oshkosh the following week (July 29 to August 4). The meeting will include opportunities to conduct maintenance reviews and confer with Mu-2 vendors.
Greenwich AeroGroup has made management changes on the distribution side of its operation, which includes avionics installations, parts distribution and component repair and overhaul. The new structure is headed by newly promoted Frank Cowle, who is now senior vice president of distribution, in charge of the group’s DAC International, NASAM, GCGUS and Aero Precision subsidiaries. David Miller has joined the group as president for Professional Aircraft Accessories and senior vice president for component repair and overhaul and distribution for the Greenwich group.
Eurocopter demonstrated new automated landing procedures relying on Egnos (Europe’s Waas equivalent) satellite guidance. Part of Europe’s Clean Sky research project, the tests were performed on an EC155 medium twin. They showed significant reductions in the helicopter’s perceived sound footprint, the company said. The noise-abatement flightpaths were compatible with IFR operations and can be tailored to local requirements.
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