Aviation International News » August 2013

August 7, 2013 - 4:05am

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Aug. 26, 2013:

Harmonization of FAA Gust and Maneuver Load Requirements with EASA Airworthiness Regulations

August 7, 2013 - 2:25am

Mitsubishi has contracted with Sikorsky to acquire 11 S-76Ds for search-and-rescue operations by the Japan Coast Guard. Meanwhile, in China, Citic Offshore Helicopter has ordered two S-92s for offshore oil transportation. Sikorsky plans to deliver the new S-92s in December next year and March 2015. In another Chinese deal, Sikorsky and Zhuhai Helicopter announced a contract for four Sikorsky S-92s to be used for offshore missions.

August 7, 2013 - 1:25am

Bristow is retrofitting a fleet of 44 Sikorsky S-76C++s and Sikorsky S-92As with Rockwell Collins’s traffic alert and collision avoidance (Tcas II) system. Installations are in progress. A new-generation system, the TTR-4100, will be fitted to 20 of the helicopters. It adds traffic computer capability and enables automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) in.

August 7, 2013 - 1:05am

Erickson Air-Crane’s acquisition of Evergreen Helicopters earlier this year is drawing fire from at least law firms representing the former’s shareholders. On March 20, Erickson announced it had agreed to acquire Evergreen for $250 million.

August 7, 2013 - 12:40am

Eurocopter delivered three new EC225s to customers in Vietnam and Malaysia for offshore oil-and-gas operations. The three customers are Southern Vietnam Helicopter Company (VNH South) and Malaysian firms Awan Inspirasi Sdn Bhd (AISB) and MHS Aviation. All were already EC225 operators.

August 7, 2013 - 12:25am

China-based Avicopter has delivered the first three AC311 Air Sprites. The six-seat light single can be powered by a Honeywell LTS101-700D-2 or a license-produced Turbomeca Arriel 2B1A. Its mtow is 4,850 pounds and endurance claimed to be four hours. The helicopter received its Chinese certification last year. The AC311 resembles the Eurocopter Ecureuil/AStar.

August 6, 2013 - 4:55am

Bombardier Aerospace has signed a letter of intent to authorize Ethiopian Airlines of Addis Ababa to perform line and heavy maintenance on Q400 turboprops, the manufacturer announced last month. The parties expect the agreement to take effect this month.

Ethiopian Airlines’ overhaul and repair facilities at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa employs an all-Ethiopian workforce of more than 750 licensed technicians and support staff.

August 6, 2013 - 4:25am

The UK’s BMI Regional signed a deal last month to supply an Embraer ERJ145–along with pilots, cabin crew and support–to Swedish regional airline Flyglinjen. Flyglinjen plans to replace a Fokker 50 turboprop on a route between Kristianstad, Sweden and Stockholm Arlanda Airport. The contract’s term extends 10 months, starting from August 12, using the Flyglinjen brand. Plans call for the airplane to operate under BMI Regional’s certificate using BMI Regional flight and maintenance crews, while Flyglinjen provides sales and ground services.

August 6, 2013 - 4:05am

Delta Air Lines regional subsidiary Pinnacle Airlines begins operating under the name Endeavor Air on August 1, marking the second name change for the airline established as Express Airlines I in February 1985. Operating as a Delta Connection partner since the Atlanta-based major absorbed Northwest Airlines in 2008, Pinnacle became a wholly owned Delta subsidiary in April following its emergence from bankruptcy. The regional airline recently moved its headquarters from Memphis to Minneapolis.

August 6, 2013 - 3:40am

With acquisition of an equity position in Aviation Technical Services (ATS), Greenpoint Technologies, a Kirkland, Wash.-based center specializing in executive outfitting of Boeing bizliners, has expanded its ability “to meet current and future completion needs.”

 
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