Business aircraft flying activity in the U.S. returned to positive territory last month, with traffic rising 6.1 percent versus the year-ago period, according to TraqPak data released today by aviation services company Argus. As it has for much of the past year, Part 91 flying was solely responsible for the overall gain last month, with activity in this segment climbing a healthy 11.7 percent year over year.
AINalerts » March 8, 2012
GE Global Research presented new findings on nanotextured anti-icing surfaces and coatings last week at the American Physical Society Conference in Boston. While there are many applications for this technology, aircraft are at the top of the list.
Esterline CMC Electronics has secured the launch customer for its SmartDeck avionics suite–the twin-turboprop EV-55 Outback utility airplane under development by Czech Republic-based aircraft manufacturer Evektor.
According to Evektor marketing manager Petr Grebenicek, Avidyne and Garmin avionics were under consideration, too.
National Air Transportation Association (NATA) president James Coyne announced this week that he will be stepping down at the end of this year when his seven-year contract expires. Coyne has been at the helm of NATA for 18 years.
Western Aircraft recently received STC approval for an Aircell-based Wi-Fi system in Falcon 2000EXs with Rockwell Collins Pro Line 4 avionics. The upgrade brings Wi-Fi to the twinjet using the Aircell CTR router, allowing passengers to access email and surf the Web in the cabin using laptops and mobile devices. Western’s Wi-Fi STC works with both Aircell and Thrane & Thrane broadband solutions. Installations can be done at Western Aircraft’s Boise, Idaho facility or at Atlantic Aero in Greensboro, N.C.
William Hunter and Michael McCullough are the recipients of NBAA’s 2012 Donald A. Baldwin Sr. Business Aviation Management Scholarship, which benefits individuals seeking to become NBAA certified aviation managers (CAM). Hunter is a captain with ACM Aviation Services and is seeking CAM certification “to promote his continued learning and career development.” McCullough, the assistant director of operations for Aviation Resource Management, said the CAM program will “provide knowledge that benefits both his employer and his career.”
The FAA and a group of European air navigation service providers signed a joint statement of purpose to work toward a “future interoperable aviation system that is operationally driven and technology enhanced.” Europe and the U.S. are both undertaking ATC modernization programs: Sesar (Single European Sky ATM Research) in Europe and NextGen in the U.S. Under the agreement, the parties will coordinate on areas such as systems implementation, program management and transitioning to these new systems.
The venue for the G8 Summit scheduled for mid-May has been moved from Chicago to Camp David near Frederick, Md. It will now be held at Camp David on May 18 and 19, which will affect aircraft flying into Hagerstown and Frederick Airports in Maryland, as well as Franklin County Airport in Chambersburg, Pa. The Martinsburg (W.Va.) Airport, which is the closest airport outside the restricted area, has an 8,800-foot ILS-equipped runway and a control tower.
Bend, Ore.-based Epic Aircraft, maker of the Epic LT turboprop single kitplane, was acquired on Tuesday by Engineering llc, a Russian maintenance, repair and overhaul firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Epic Aircraft CEO Douglas King, who remains with the company in this same position, said it is “exciting to be a part of Epic Aircraft’s next chapter.” This next step is FAA certification, and the acquisition will give Epic enough funding to work on a certified version of the six-place turboprop. According to Epic, it will take about three years to certify the airplane.
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