The “partial” U.S. government shutdown that began on Tuesday as a result of a congressional budget impasse has had a more profound effect on business aviation than initially expected by industry watchers. What caught observers, including GAMA, off guard was the closure of the aircraft registration office in Oklahoma City, a move that has paralyzed both new and pre-owned aircraft sales transactions.
AINalerts » October 3, 2013
Cessna is completing certification flight-testing on its new $4.395 million M2 light jet and expects certification within “a few weeks,” company vice president Brad Thress told AIN. Earlier this week, Garmin provided the Wichita aircraft manufacturer with the final data load for the aircraft’s new Intrinzic cockpit, which features a touchscreen G3000 avionics system.
The first customer delivery of the Sikorsky S-76D medium-twin helicopter is “imminent,” the Stratford, Conn.-based aircraft manufacturer said. According to a Sikorsky executive, the first example will be handed over this month to an offshore operator in the Gulf of Mexico. The first executive S-76D is scheduled for delivery in January to a customer in Europe. The OEM expects EASA certification toward the end of the year.
Avantair’s bankruptcy trustee filed a motion last week that seeks to sell a Socata TBM 700 owned by a wholly owned subsidiary and used solely for company executive transport. If Middle District Florida Bankruptcy Court judge Catherine McEwen approves the motion during a scheduled hearing on October 17, aircraft sales broker Corporate Jet Solutions would list the turboprop single for $1.85 million.
The crash of a chartered Bell 212 helicopter on Sunday in the outskirts of Mumbai that killed five will likely force India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to scrutinize procedures related to preserving wreckage and the altitudes at which helicopters fly.
Hartzell Propeller’s “advanced swept airfoil” composite five-blade propeller for the Socata TBM 700/850 has received STC approval from both the FAA and EASA. The new design, specifically engineered for the TBM turboprop single, delivers faster takeoff acceleration, higher cruise speeds and better climb, as well as less noise, it said. According to Hartzell, the new propeller provides for a 100-feet-per-minute faster climb rate, while cruise is two knots faster than with the current four-blade propeller.
FlightSafety International is introducing a new-generation Vital 1100 visual system that provides “mission-specific imagery with vastly improved scene content and unprecedented levels of detail” for its flight simulators. With the upgraded system, hundreds of millions of scene elements are processed every second and presented along with environmental effects such as “physics-based weather models” of rain, snow and hail that develop and react as they would in the real world.
Actor and general aviation pilot Harrison Ford will receive NBAA’s Al Ueltschi Award for Humanitarian Leadership during the opening session of the association’s annual convention in Las Vegas on October 22. “In addition to his extensive work as an outspoken champion for general aviation, including numerous appearances before Congress, Ford also regularly flies missions in support of humanitarian and philanthropic causes,” NBAA said. “For example, Ford has participated in the Cessna Citation Special Olympics Airlift.
Embraer Executive Jets will hold four more Embraer Executive Operator Conferences (EEOCs) over the coming month, in addition to one held for the Legacy 600/650 on Tuesday in Jakarta. Today in Bangalore, Embraer is holding an EEOC for the Phenom 100 and 300. Next Monday and Tuesday it will hold conferences for the Legacy 600/650 and Lineage 1000 in Dubai, and it will repeat this EEOC for these three jets on October 10 and 11 in Hong Kong. Finally, the EEOC North America will be held in Los Cabos, Mexico, for the Phenom 100 and 300 from November 4 to 6.
AgustaWestland expects that its 16- to 18-passenger AW189 medium-twin helicopter will be EASA certified by year-end. Four prototypes and two pre-production aircraft have logged a combined 1,900 flight hours, it said. Certification, once hoped for this summer, is now “very close,” according to a company spokesman. The first delivery, to offshore operator Bristow, is scheduled to take place by year-end, he told AIN.