U.S. Helicopter has had to suspend its scheduled service from New York’s Downtown/Wall Street heliport to Newark and JFK airports after the heliport’s new operator, FirstFlight, failed to develop a TSA-approved security plan. U.S. Helicopter serves the airports with Sikorsky S-76Bs.
Aviation International News » January 2009
Czech-based Aero Vodochody is bidding for the takeover of Polish helicopter manufacturer PZL-Swidnik, which is to be privatized.
Eurocopter’s final assembly line in Albacete, Spain, in late November delivered its first aircraft, an EC 135. The first customer is the Spanish army, but the plant is expected to deliver both civil and military EC 135s. The factory in Albacete is one of Eurocopter’s two final assembly lines for the EC 135, the other being
in Donauwörth, Germany. Eurocopter aims to deliver at least 13 EC 135s from the Spanish facility this year.
The Robert F. Maguire Heliport opened on December 4 in Los Angeles. The new heliport is located atop the 15-story Grand Ave. Garage at 240 West Venice next to the I-10 Freeway. It will serve corporate and EMS customers accessing California Hospital, the Los Angeles Convention Center, the Staples Center, the University of Southern California and L.A. Live.
The final report on the fatal crash of a CHC Scotia-operated Eurocopter SA 365N Dauphin 2 in the Irish Sea on Dec. 27, 2006, underscores the importance of simulator training and the need for landing guidance systems on offshore platforms.
In many ways, last year was an extraordinary year for business aviation, with a record of more than 1,000 jet deliveries but also a large number of new jet programs launched. Last year, Cessna kicked off the Citation Columbus, a more than three-quarter billion dollar program that brings Cessna into the large-cabin long-range jet market. Dassault is upgrading the Falcon 900 with winglets to make
Without the ability to understand and accurately forecast weather, NextGen technology won’t amount to much. For that reason, industry participants including Baron Services, NCAR and the FAA are not only working to integrate weather into the NextGen technology, but they are also working to improve forecasting techniques.
Rich Gage, who relinquished his position as president and CEO at CBAA in October, will become a member of Nav Canada’s board of directors in April. Gage will succeed John Lawson, the former president of sales for Bombardier Business Aircraft.
The Air Moorea DHC-6-300 Twin Otter turboprop that crashed near Moorea Island on Aug. 9, 2007, took off with an almost failed pitch-control cable, due to recent exposure to jet blast, according to French Bureau d’Enquêtes et d’Analyses (BEA) chief Paul-Louis Arslanian. Other causes include the omission of cable inspections and the use of stainless-steel cables, which are more prone to wear.
BAA Jet Management last month took delivery of its first managed Airbus, an A318 Elite, making the Hong Kong-based company the first in Asia to operate the executive version of the narrowbody airliner. The 18-passenger Elite is also the first A318 to be registered in the People’s Republic of China and is based in Shenzhen, where it is available for charter.