Against the bitter aftermath of the 2006 midair between a Legacy 600 and a Gol 737 over the Amazon jungle that was fatal for all aboard the jetliner, Brazilian safety experts recently set out to show the nation’s prosecutors and judges that criminalizing aircraft accidents will never improve aviation safety.
Aviation International News » January 2013
Aeria Luxury Interiors, a start-up division of ST Aerospace in San Antonio, is at work on a long-haul bizliner that arrived in November for heavy maintenance and an extensive cabin refurbishment.
The San Antonio facility also delivered its first project this past summer, a Boeing Business Jet requiring light maintenance and installation of a new in-flight entertainment package.
With the clock ticking toward the start of next year’s World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil, construction is set to begin on São Paulo’s first business airport, which is expected to help handle the influx of private aircraft for the event. Approximately 40 miles from the city, vegetation has been cleared from the future site of the Catarina Aeroporto Executivo’s 8,100-foot main runway and a shorter companion, and bulldozers are scheduled to arrive mid-month when earthmoving permits are issued.
Marshall Aerospace has entered the pre-owned aircraft sales sector and is expanding its charter activities as part of a relaunch of its business aviation division. The Cambridge, UK-based group is combining its existing Marshall Business Aviation handling and maintenance subsidiary and Marshall Executive Aviation charter operator with the new sales unit in a bid to create a one-stop bizav services brand called Jetability. This also encompasses its concierge support and limousine services.
Future Falcon business jets may use composite materials for their wings, but the fuselages will likely continue to be constructed from aluminum alloys. Speaking at a conference organized by the French Air and Space Academy in Paris in late November, Philippe Vautey, a Dassault senior expert in aerostructure technologies, outlined the company’s vision for Falcons that might enter service “four to eight years” from now. He would not clarify whether this includes the still-under-wraps Falcon SMS.
Dassault is studying on-board sensors to anticipate corrosion better. Current corrosion-related inspections follow a one-size-fits-all program, and the programs tend to be quite restrictive. In future, sensors could inform technicians on the actual moisture and salinity the aircraft has been subjected to. “An aircraft sitting in the Arizona desert and one operating from Singapore see different corrosion risks,” Vautey pointed out.
AgustaWestland is giving serious consideration to building production models of the AW609 civil tiltrotor in the U.S., possibly in Texas, a senior executive told AIN last month. Robert LaBelle, managing director of the AgustaWestland TiltRotor Co., said that initially the aircraft will be built partially in Italy and the U.S. but that the ultimate decision on where to conduct final assembly will be “driven by the customer base.” Some 35 percent of that customer base, he noted, is predicted to be in the U.S.
Tac Air’s two newest FBOs have become the latest additions to Phillips 66’s branded FBO network. Tac Air acquired Keystone Aviation’s two Utah locations in May. Operators who have their aircraft serviced at either location during the month of January will have their tail number entered into a drawing for 1 million Phillips 66 WingPoints rewards, to promote Tac Air’s joining the Phillips 66 network.
In Greek mythology, when Achilles was a baby, it was foretold that he would die young. To improve his chances of immortality, his mother, Thetis, took Achilles to the River Styx, which was supposed to offer powers of invulnerability, and dipped his body into the water. But Thetis held Achilles by the heel… The rest of the myth is well known. If the mother of the helicopter concept ever dipped it into the River Styx, she probably held it by the main gearbox.
Bristol Flying Center (BFC), the aviation services provider at the UK’s Bristol Airport, has completed an expansion after its parent company signed two handling contracts, one of them with a regional airline that handles Airbus corporate business. The FBO expects to see its annual passenger numbers increase 1,700 percent as a result of the agreements, which take effect this month. The company has completed two new passenger lounges and a separate crew lounge, along with new security screening facilities and redesigned reception areas in its 6,500-sq-ft terminal.