Brazil’s civil aviation authorities have certified the Kamov Ka-32A11BC coaxial-rotor medium twin. Helipark Taxi Aereo is to take delivery of one example of the aircraft this year. The operator will use it for commercial sling load transportation.
Aviation International News » January 2012
The helicopter accident rate in the Gulf of Mexico has been decreasing since 2007, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. For the years 2000 to 2009, an average of 8.2 helicopter accidents occurred in the Gulf of Mexico annually. Poor decision-making by pilots accounted for 47 percent of fatal accidents, while loss of engine power was the cause of one-third of all fatal crashes.
Eurocopter has inaugurated a new logistics center at its Marignane, France factory. The helicopter OEM already moves more than 300,000 parts per year among assembly lines, customers and industrial partners. The new center, which has an inventory of more than 1.5 million parts, will help accelerate shipments. Daher was a major partner in the project.
Sikorsky has settled a $20 million lawsuit brought by Cougar Helicopters and its insurers following the fatal crash of an S-92A off St. John’s, Canada, in March 2009. The helicopter crashed 11 minutes after losing main gearbox oil pressure. Cougar is still suing Transport Canada for improperly certifying the S-92A.
In a statement released December 14, Standard & Poor’s rating services said its ratings and outlook on Wichita-based Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) are not affected by the aircraft manufacturer’s retention of Perella Weinberg Partners to help assess its revolving credit agreement, the terms of which were last amended more than two years ago. The HBC decision followed Standard & Poor’s December 1 announcement that it would cut its credit rating of HB to Caa3, saying the manufacturer may be facing a distressed debt restructuring.
Evo Jet Services founder Chris Cartwright has confirmed that his 2008 conviction for alleged price fixing in U.S. government fuel contracts was overturned by the U.S. District Court in Baltimore on Sept. 28, 2011. Cartwright and his business partner Paul Wilkinson were arrested in January 2008, while running Far East Russia Aircraft Services (Feras).
A new 10-hour jet card is available from broker Magellan Jets. The card costs $34,950 and imposes no daily minimum flight times, federal excise taxes, positioning charges within the base service area, blackout dates or fuel surcharges. The card includes 10 hours in an Eclipse 500 very light jet for flights in the Northeast U.S.
After a year-long flight test program powering the Thrush 510G agricultural airplane, GE Aviation received type certification from the EASA last month for its M601H-80 turboprop powerplant, an upgrade of the M601 engine the company inherited in 2008 when it purchased Czech-Republic-based Walter Engines. This marks the first occasion where a GE engine received its initial certification from the European agency.
The Regional Airline Association (RAA) board of directors elected officers for 2012 during last month’s first American Association of Airport Executives/RAA Airport & Regional Airline Executive Summit in Memphis. American Eagle’s Dan Garton becomes RAA chairman; ExpressJet’s Brad Holt, vice chairman; Cape Air’s Dave Bushy, secretary; and Empire Airlines’ Tim Komberec, treasurer. The board also elected Air Wisconsin’s Jim Rankin and Jazz Air’s Joe Randell to its executive advisory committee.
One of the supreme ironies of the ongoing LightSquared saga is that the company’s efforts to promote its nationwide email initiative are not helped when emails about its own activities, written by U.S. government bureaucrats, become public under Freedom of Information legislation.