Aviation International News » March 2012

March 6, 2012 - 9:55am

The design team at Kalogridis International has new carpet done with thick (or fat) yarn, a novelty item to create a large “ultra-loop” pile that is “luxurious and gentle to the touch.”

In addition to using fat yarn, the company is employing a new technique for weaving fluorescent yarn into the same carpet, in everything from random patterns to scenes to corporate logos.

March 5, 2012 - 12:48am

The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) is calling on its members to urge their congressional representatives to include language in pending legislation to repeal the “fuel fraud” provision. The provision, part of the 2005 Highway Bill, changed the collection of taxes for non-commercial jet fuel and required them to be deposited into the Highway Trust Fund.

March 5, 2012 - 12:10am

Construction began at the end of January on a runway expansion project at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport with a price tag of nearly $800 million. The work will shift and lengthen Runway 9R/27L from its current 5,276 feet to 8,000 feet, giving the rapidly growing airport two parallel runways that can accommodate airline flights. The expansion is expected to increase the airport’s capacity from 84 flights per hour to more than 100.

March 4, 2012 - 5:35am

Swiss aerospace firm Ruag has agreed to partner with E Aviation on the management of its FBO at Lugano Airport. Ruag’s strong aircraft maintenance background and its experience with its FBO in Geneva will allow the Lugano FBO to offer products from passenger and crew services to technical assistance and line maintenance. The two companies believe that Lugano will become the business aviation hub for northern Italy and Italian-speaking Switzerland.

March 4, 2012 - 5:10am

Lakeland, Fla.-based Gulf Coast Avionics has entered into a marketing and sales partnership with Platinum Aviation in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. Under the agreement, Gulf Coast Avionics will be the exclusive supplier of avionics sales, service and installation and pilot supply products to Platinum Aviation.

March 4, 2012 - 4:55am

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) granted type approval in late January to Franco-Russian engine maker PowerJet for a more powerful version of the SaM146 turbofan. Designated the SaM146 1S18, the engine offers 16,100 pounds of takeoff thrust, compared with the 1S17’s 15,400 pounds, thereby increasing the Sukhoi Superjet 100-95 LR’s mtow and extending its range to 2,470 nm with a full passenger load.

March 4, 2012 - 4:40am

Export Development Canada (EDC) has agreed to defer $16.6 million worth of loan payments for the fleet of Bombardier Q400 turboprops operated by Pinnacle Airlines subsidiary Colgan Air, a Pinnacle filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission revealed in late January. According to the document, the EDC agreed to defer payments and withhold any “enforcement action” from January 14 through March 31.

March 4, 2012 - 4:40am
ATR CEO Filippo Bagnato

Toulouse, France-based regional turboprop manufacturer ATR is pressing ahead with plans to increase its production rate progressively over the next three years while preparing to add a larger, 90-seat model to its product line, which now consists of the 50-seat ATR 42-600 and 74-seat ATR 72-600.

March 4, 2012 - 4:20am

Townsend Leather has introduced a collection of brushed metallic lambskin. The select skins are aniline-dyed and hand-rubbed with a glazing finish that features a metallic glimmer “to accentuate the natural softness and unique textures of individual skins.”

According to the Johnstown, N.Y.-based purveyor of fine leather, while lambskins are relatively small, a skilled upholsterer can create beautiful small chairs, large tufted pieces and pillows.

March 4, 2012 - 4:05am

328 Design of Munich, Germany, and Turkish Technic of Istanbul have joined forces to work on cabin design jobs, the first of which is a Gulfstream IV major interior.

According to 328 Design, “The skills and experience of 328 Design’s aircraft interior engineers will be used to certify the designs and materials selected by Turkish Technic’s engineering group through an STC issued by 328 Design sister company AMDS.”

 
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