Million Air Dallas completed the validation flight requirements to obtain authority to conduct RNP-AR (formally SAAAR) approaches in its Gulfstream G450. The Dallas FBO developed its own RNP-AR program without the help of any consultants, it added.
AINalerts » October 4, 2011
Eurocopter has entirely opened the flight envelope of its X3 compound helicopter (F-ZXXX), Jean-Michel Billig, Eurocopter executive vice president for research and development director, told AIN last week at the Helitech show in Duxford, UK.
Eurocopter announced today that it has flown a “hybrid” AS350 Ecureuil/AStar, a production helicopter that combines a turboshaft internal combustion engine with an electric motor. To explore the hybrid concept, the company is using the “supplementary” electric motor to replace the main engine during what would otherwise be called an autorotation.
Opposition to the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) continued to gain airspeed and altitude last week with the addition of long-range Middle Eastern air carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar.
Demand for charter flights during October looks set to remain somewhat flat, according to the latest projections from online charter portal Avinode. On Friday, the company’s forward-looking demand index stood at 124.75, marginally down on where it had been on August 31, but nonetheless, almost 26 points from 12 months ago.
After hearing arguments for more than two hours yesterday, a California Federal Judge has postponed until next week any preliminary rulings on a legal actions barring the sale of avgas in the state.
Can GPS and LightSquared coexist? Within the civil and military GPS community, the answer has been emphatically and unequivocally, “No.” Until last week, that is. Attendees at the annual convention of the U.S. Institute of Navigation held in Portland, Ore., had been confident that the laws of physics made coexistence of the two impossible.
Kevin Bredenbeck, the pilot who flew Sikorsky’s X2 technology demonstrator last year to an unofficial speed record for conventional helicopters (reportedly 260 knots), has been recognized by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots with the Iven C. Kincheloe Award for the year’s outstanding professional accomplishment in flight testing.
Goodrich yesterday completed its acquisition of Lake Suzy, Fla.-based Winslow Marine Products, a provider of life rafts to the business aviation, helicopter and marine markets. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The life raft manufacturer was founded in 1941 and privately owned until this month.
TAG Aviation expects to complete construction of a new three-bay hangar complex at the London-area Farnborough Airport next month. The new structure doubles available hangar space by adding 120,000 sq ft and takes TAG’s total investment in the site well beyond $150 million.