Many years ago, airline managers could occasionally be heard quietly grumbling that investments in safety were mostly a waste of money. But no longer. Today, it’s regarded throughout aviation as an essential cost of doing business, with a valuable payback in real safety enhancement, customer confidence and, occasionally, for members of IBAC's IS-BAO program, in cash as well.
Aviation International News » April 2011
In an all-too-predictable development, members of Congress have launched their annual attack on the Essential Air Service (EAS) program, again forcing the Regional Airline Association (RAA) to devote disproportionate energy toward defending a relatively paltry $200 million out of the more than $129 billion in transportation spending the Obama Administration has proposed for FY2012.
Embraer announced the signature of a new contract with Brazil’s Trip Airlines last month for the sale of four E190s. The firm order, valued at $172 million based on list prices, brings to 24 the number of E-Jets ordered by Trip, either from Embraer directly or through leasing companies. Embraer noted that it had included one of the four E190s sold to Trip in its fourth-quarter 2010 sales totals as an order from an undisclosed customer.
More than a month before release of the FY2010/11 financial results by parent company Bombardier, Inc., Bombardier Aerospace released business jet delivery numbers for FY2010/11, and despite an “especially strong” fourth quarter, deliveries for the fiscal year were down, to 143 from 176 in FY2009/10.
A year after announcing a move into the helicopter market with its G500H glass panels, Garmin International revealed the G1000H system at last month’s Heli-Expo show. Like the G500H, the G1000H features an attitude heading reference system (AHRS) redesigned for helicopter dynamics, including the ability to align while in motion, in-flight dynamic restarts and helicopter maneuvering.
Brazilian regional airline Azul took delivery last month of an ATR 72-200 painted in pink, in recognition of breast cancer awareness. The fourth of eight
As single-aisle airliner conversions to executive use increase, so does demand for high-end cabin outfitting. It is this demand that brings M&D Aviation and Avocet Aviation Services–both located at Orlando-Sanford International Airport–into that market segment with “turn-key interior solutions” for Airbus and Boeing customers.
According to Honeywell, tests during installation of a Wi-Fi system in an airliner found that LCDs in the airplane experienced a “momentary blanking… when exposed to higher-than-normal levels of electrical interference. STC [supplemental type certificate] testing is conducted before aircraft are certified to fly. There are no instances of a Honeywell screen blanking in flight.
Lately many in the aviation industry are speculating that the FAA’s enforcement pendulum has swung once again with the change in Administration. The more business-sensitive Bush policies, the speculation goes, have been reversed and one of the upshots is more enforcement and higher penalties. Many in the industry are nervous about this and wonder where the agency’s commitment to working together has gone.
In the world of executive cabin outfitting, there are a number of independent cabinetry shop suppliers turning out high-quality, and in some cases spectacular, woodwork. Odyssey Aerospace of Denton, Texas, recently provided bulkhead panels, cabinetry and trim for an executive MD-87 interior designed by Strack & Associates and refurbished by Jet Works Air Center in Denton.