AINalerts » September 27, 2012

September 27, 2012 - 4:15pm

With FAA type certification of its new G650 and G280 in hand, Gulfstream is stepping up efforts to ensure that it meets its goal of making first customer deliveries during the last three months of this year. “We are focused on ensuring that deliveries start in the fourth quarter,” Gulfstream president Larry Flynn told AIN today at Jet Expo 2012 in Moscow. He added that G650 deliveries to Russian customers are scheduled to begin during the first few months of next year.

September 27, 2012 - 4:08pm

Hawker Beechcraft, which is in the process of restructuring under U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, posted a $33.8 million net loss on sales totaling $149.9 million last month. In documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York earlier this week, the company reported spending $1.5 million on restructuring costs, $5.4 million on reorganization items and $8.8 million on research and development.

September 27, 2012 - 4:00pm

The saga involving a Gulfstream GV and its crew detained in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo and attempted gold smuggling has finally come to a close. A jury in Dallas County, Texas, awarded the owner of the GV, Southlake Aviation, $32.4 million in damages to be paid by Camac International, subsidiary Camac Aviation and Camac vice president of African operations Mickey Lawal, according to a Southlake Aviation statement.

September 27, 2012 - 3:58pm

Since the withdrawal of approval in February for LightSquared’s planned use of frequencies adjacent to those of GPS to set up a nationwide 4G mobile broadband network, things have recently taken an unexpected turn. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) withdrew LightSquared’s approval earlier this year after transmission tests revealed interference issues with GPS receivers.

September 27, 2012 - 3:52pm

The Navy has spent nearly a decade and $3.4 billion researching candidates for a new fleet of helicopters to transport the President and other government VIPs. Now, as the Navy starts the process anew as the VXX program, AgustaWestland announced that it will again enter the fray with its medium-lift three-engine AW101, this time partnered with Northrop Grumman.

September 27, 2012 - 3:50pm

Pan-Asian business aviation consulting group Asian Sky Group and Avic International Aero-Development (Avic ADE) announced an agreement yesterday to source pre-owned fixed- and rotary-wing business aircraft from “key” global markets for resale into China to meet growing demand. The agreement also covers the resale of Mainland Chinese-owned aircraft into the global market.

September 27, 2012 - 3:46pm

Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support celebrated the grand opening of its newest service center at the Aeropuerto Internacional del Norte in Monterrey, Mexico, yesterday. Besides maintenance, repair and modification of airframes, powerplants and avionics systems, the Mexican Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil-certified Hawker Beechcraft Services facility also offers interior modification and exterior paint. This is the second HBS facility opened in Mexico.

September 27, 2012 - 3:43pm

Eclipse Aerospace has added an anti-skid braking system as an option for its new-production Eclipse 550s, and it plans to offer it as a retrofit for in-service Eclipse 500s early next year. Eclipse says that in-aircraft testing of the anti-skid braking system is complete and that it expects to begin delivering certified systems by late March. Performance demonstrated during testing has prompted Eclipse to seek to adjust the aircraft flight manual performance numbers for Eclipse 500s and 550s with the improved braking system.

September 27, 2012 - 3:40pm

Today’s start of the Jet Expo show in Moscow brought evidence of growing demand for aircraft management services in Russia. UK-based Gama Group signed deals to operate a Bombardier Challenger 850 and a Boeing BBJ2 on behalf of their Russian owners.

September 27, 2012 - 3:35pm

Volo Aviation announced today that it has been awarded a five-year contract to manage Sebring Flight Center, the municipally owned FBO at Sebring Regional Airport in Central Florida. To increase traffic at the field, the company plans to reach out to commercial and corporate clients who might be able to take advantage of Sebring’s designation as a U.S. Foreign Trade Zone. According to Volo, this designation allows operators departing Sebring on international flights to uplift fuel without having to pay federal excise taxes.

 

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