Aviation International News » April 2013

April 5, 2013 - 2:00am

Ross Aviation has bolstered its West Coast holdings with the purchase of Tradition Aviation, one of the three service providers at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Thermal, Calif. The Palm Springs-area airport has an 8,500-foot main runway and a 4,995-foot secondary runway.

April 5, 2013 - 1:25am

The Swiss Accreditation Service has officially acknowledged Lantal Laboratory as a “test center for railway and aircraft typical flammability tests pursuant to the ISO/IEC 17025 standard.”

According to the Langenthal, Switzerland-based transportation and fashion specialist, the laboratory is authorized to perform burn tests with all materials and components used in aircraft interiors.

April 5, 2013 - 1:07am

JA Air Center in Sugar Grove, Ill., opened its new completion and refurbishment shop in January and, according to sales director Rodd Caldwell, “business is picking up and the full crew of six has been busy over the past year, with a steady backlog of about two months.”

The center is focusing on interior work from the King Air through super-midsize jets. Currently in the shop are a Cessna 210, Learjet 40 and Challenger 300, “all of them in for partial cabin refurbishment.”

April 5, 2013 - 12:40am

Canadian MRO, completions and refurbishment specialist Flying Colours is rapidly expanding its presence in the Asian market.

Since the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) last year, the company has delivered four Challenger 850 cabin completions in the Chinese market and has another five 850s in the pipeline, scheduled for delivery over the next year.

April 5, 2013 - 12:20am

In years gone by (many of them, in fact) the pilot would often provide a running narrative, a travelogue if you will, pointing out landmarks, rivers, mountains, cities. With “Flying Over,” creators Ted Roberts and Pat Woolley have revived the nostalgia of those years, adding professional flair and a nod to the latest technology.

April 4, 2013 - 5:50am

ExpressJet Airlines has joined the University Gateway Program, a now-five-party collaboration also involving Cape Air, JetBlue Airways, the University of North Dakota (UND) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) designed to provide pilots with a structured channel to employment at the regional airlines and, ultimately, JetBlue.

April 4, 2013 - 5:35am

Indonesia’s Sky Aviation took delivery of its first Sukhoi Superjet 100, Sukhoi announced on February 27. Superjet S/N95022–the first of 12 SSJ100s ordered by Sky Aviation–flew to Jakarta Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport following interior installation and painting at the Aviastar plant in Ulianovsk, Russia.

Sky has sent the airplane to its base in Makassar, South Sulawesi, from where it planned to begin flying routes to Denpasar, Bali; Balikpapan, East Kalimantan; and Sorong, Papua, on March 10.

April 4, 2013 - 5:10am

The Regional Airline Association (RAA) expressed alarm in late February over the potential for drastic cuts to regional airline service as a result of automatic spending cuts in the U.S. federal budget known as sequestration. The legislation, which took effect on March 1, calls for $600 million in cuts to the FAA budget through September, resulting in the elimination of midnight shifts at 30 secondary airports and the likely closure of 100 control towers at airports frequented by regional airlines.

April 4, 2013 - 4:45am

Mesa Air Group inked an eight-year deal with US Airways to add another nine aircraft to its fleet of 38 Bombardier CRJ900s, the airline announced in late February.

April 4, 2013 - 3:25am

Texas state Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw said the agency will no longer shoot suspects from the air unless the suspects fire first, either at the helicopter or another target on the ground. Last October a DPS helicopter opened fire on a fleeing pickup truck, killing two illegal aliens hiding inside.

 
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