Vision Systems of Brignais, France, has introduced Noctis, what the aircraft cabin interior specialist describes as innovative shading that allows passengers to “instantly and uniformly control at any level, light and heat intensity entering the cabin.”
Aviation International News » July 2011
Bombardier reported $4.7 billion in revenue for its first fiscal quarter (which ended April 30), a 9-percent year-over-year increase, thanks in part to a stronger business jet market, “especially at the high end,” said Bombardier president and CEO Pierre Beaudoin. Profits in the fiscal quarter reached $220 million, compared with $195 million last year.
Business aircraft operators planning to fly to the UK for next summer’s Olympic Games are being encouraged to make early requests for mandatory landing and takeoff slots at airports in what will be heavily restricted airspace in southeast England.
AgustaWestland is purchasing full ownership of the BA609 civil tiltrotor program from Bell Helicopter. AW’s new CEO, Bruno Spagnolini, and Bell CEO John Garrison announced the deal at the Paris Air Show on June 21. Under the proposed agreement, subject to regulatory approval, Bell will continue to provide engineering, program management services, and key component manufacture on the 609. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Gulfstream has resumed test flying its G650, and two of the aircraft are now flying as part of the flight-test program. The program was suspended after the fatal April crash of one of the aircraft engaged in certification test flights.
Sikorsky Aircraft president (and Eclipse 500 owner) Jeffrey Pino shed more light on the company’s investment in Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aerospace, including the possibility of restarting production of the EA-500 very light jet, last month at the Paris Air Show. “We’re good at working with supply chains, driving them down in cost, positioning things in the market [and providing] good aftermarket support,” Pino told AIN.
Bryan Moss, the former president and vice chairman of Gulfstream, has joined private investment firm Guggenheim Partners as the chairman of its recently restructured business aircraft investment division. The company, which manages more than $80 billion in assets, provides investment management, investment banking and capital market services among other offerings to corporations, governments and individuals.
The Bombardier Learjet 45 will be the first business jet model offered at CAE’s new training facility in Toluca, Mexico, near Mexico City. Training in the light jet at this location will start next spring, CAE said. Meanwhile, the company is adding training capabilities for Challenger 605 pilots and maintenance technicians at its Emirates-CAE Flight Training facility in Dubai.
In response to the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (EU-ETS) regulations, Jet Aviation is offering an EU-ETS compliance service. According to the company, its new service supports all procedural requirements of the EU-ETS, from monitoring flight data and calculating CO2 emissions to managing production of the annual report and CO2 emission permits. Jet Aviation said it has more than 45 subscribers to its EU-ETS service.
The new owners of the SJ30 light jet program are renaming their company “SyberJet Aircraft,” shuttering the former owner’s Martinsburg, W.Va. assembly line and moving most of the aircraft’s production tooling to Cedar City, Utah.