Aviation International News » July 2012

July 1, 2012 - 5:40am
The Eclipse production team mated the forward keel assembly to the fuselage for the first Eclipse 550 during a dealer and sales conference at the company’s Albuquerque, N.M. headquarters on May 31. The airplane will be delivered next year.

Sales professionals from more than 30 countries who attended the first International Eclipse Dealer and Sales Conference on May 31 may have noticed a not-so-subtle change to the buildings that house Eclipse Aerospace at the Albuquerque, N.M. International Sunport. Before the meeting, Eclipse CEO Mason Holland arranged for bucket loads of blue paint to be delivered to the company’s facilities, and painters quickly erased the bright orange that had been the hallmark of the old Eclipse Aviation and dabbed on the blue that is the color of Eclipse Aerospace.

July 1, 2012 - 3:50am

Eclipse Aerospace released its Quick Reference Application (QRA) for the Apple iPad in February, and since then the adoption rate has penetrated most of the fleet of 259 operational Eclipse 500 very light jets. “More than 80 percent of the entire fleet has at least one iPad they’re using for our app,” said Eclipse Aerospace CEO Mason Holland.

July 1, 2012 - 3:30am

Bombardier’s Q400 became the largest Western-manufactured turboprop aircraft to gain approval to operate in Russia and the CIS last month, when the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC)–commonly known by its Russian acronym, MAK–awarded the airplane AP-25 type certification.

July 1, 2012 - 2:50am
American Eagle president and RAA chairman Dan Garton noted that only 46 percent of all pilots hired by regional airlines during last year’s first three quarters had accumulated 1,500 hours, or enough for an ATP certificate. (Photo: Gregory Polek)

Few doubt that the new rules governing pilot duty time and first officer qualifications will challenge human resource departments at regional airlines throughout the U.S. But to a nation that depends on regional airlines for some 50 percent of its flights, the extent to which the new regulations will affect the supply of pilots and service to small communities remains largely underappreciated, much to the frustration of the Regional Airline Association and its members.

July 1, 2012 - 2:35am

Fractional-share provider NetJets has ordered up to 425 Bombardier and Cessna jets worth as much as $9.6 billion, with deliveries to begin in 2015. The purchase is the largest general aviation aircraft order in history and includes a firm order for 75 Bombardier Challenger 300s (plus options on another 125), a firm order for 25 Challenger 605s (plus options on 50 more) and and a firm order for 25 Cessna Citation Latitudes (plus options on an additional 125).

July 1, 2012 - 1:45am
The FBO at New York’s JFK was operated under the control of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for the last 64 years. That changed in October, with Sheltair taking over the facility with the goal of delivering the high level of service operators and private aviation travelers demand.

Last October, for the first time in its 64-year existence, the FBO at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport came under private control as Sheltair took over management from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). The Florida-based chain operates 13 other FBOs, including six in New York State alone. It was awarded the JFK location after the PANYNJ issued a request for proposals that attracted more than a half-dozen contenders, according to the agency.

July 1, 2012 - 12:10am
Two tough years of harsh business conditions  since the 2010 Farnborough International show  have not dented prospects for this year’s event,  say organizers. (Photo: Mark Wagner)

The 2012 Farnborough International airshow will fly in the face of still-tough business conditions, according to organizers of the biennial event, to be staged in the UK from July 9 to 15. “The last two years have seen a very difficult economic environment, but 2012 is looking like it will be a really great show,” said Farnborough International chief executive Shaun Ormrod.

July 1, 2012 - 12:09am

Farnborough International organizers say that both static and flying displays for the 2012 show will be full, with a significant portion of the aircraft roster still to be publicly confirmed as of press time. Among the anticipated highlights could be one of the earlier in-service examples of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by high-profile Arabian Gulf carrier Qatar Airways. Also on the cards are two other, as yet undisclosed, Boeing transports.

April 1, 2012 - 2:55am

Charter operator JetFlite International has found that growing competition has made doing business in traditional strongholds in the U.S. much more difficult, and thus the company has expanded its services to tap new sources of revenue. This includes serving new markets in Russia and other countries and the October 2011 opening of JetFlite’s FAA-approved Part 145 repair station at the company’s Long Beach, Calif. headquarters.

 
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