A Brazilian/Portuguese consortium won the top prize in the “Aircraft Interior Innovation” category of the Crystal Cabin Awards in Hamburg, Germany, with its Life project executive cabin.
Aviation International News » May 2012
Abu Dhabi’s emergence as a leading business aviation hub in the Arabian Gulf was further enhanced by the March staging of the inaugural Air Expo. The event, held at the Al Bateen Executive Airport nine months before rival Dubai’s Middle East Business Aviation show, attracted a reported 10,700 visitors and 105 exhibitors.
The first-time delivery of an executive aircraft completion project in February by SR Technics was also an on-time delivery that went to an undisclosed Middle East customer.
A spokesman for the Zurich, Switzerland-based executive cabin outfitter declined to name the model or make of the airplane but said it was reconfigured from a conventional widebody airliner layout. As part of a major modification, the interior was equipped with a cabin management system, in-flight entertainment package and such amenities as a VIP lounge and meeting room, and concierge facilities.
Italian interiors specialist Iacobucci, perhaps best known for its high-end galley appliances, has found a customer for its new executive seating line in a place on the other side of the world.
Altitude Aerospace Interiors of Auckland, New Zealand, has selected the executive seat, from Iacobucci HF Executive Seat division, for its latest Boeing Business Jet completion project. A team from both companies combined to develop the production version based on Iacobucci’s initial prototype.
For U.S. Part 91 business jet operators that fly to Europe, the upcoming Future Air Navigation System (Fans) mandate means not only new operational procedures but also yet another letter of authorization (LOA) requirement from the FAA. Fans and controller pilot datalink communications (CPDLC) are essentially functions that will be baked into the flight management system (FMS), yet each operator’s implementation of procedures, training and a maintenance program for Fans/CPDLC will need a formal stamp of approval from a local FAA office.
“All of aviation, including general and business aviation, as well as the airlines, is working together really well to continually improve the environment,” NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen declared last month during opening comments on a panel discussion about the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme. But he quickly added, “We are also working together to fight wrong-headed environmental regulations that don’t work.”
The first of two multi-role Bell 429 light twins delivered to the Fairfax (Virginia) County Police Department helicopter unit is already logging long hours with demonstrably better performance than the 407 it replaced, according to tactical flight officer (TFO) James Greeves, a 13-year veteran of the unit. “It really has been a game-changer for us,” he said. Compared with the 407, the 429 can insert into tighter landing zones and arrive on scene more quickly. Crews are seeing speeds of 144 to 146 knots despite the added drag of the external searchlight and camera.
Just when it seemed the LightSquared-GPS contest had run its course, a pair of latecomers–Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.)–wrote to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski proposing that the agency should now find a vacant block of radio spectrum in which LightSquared could launch another attempt at its nationwide Internet plan.
Dennis Keith, president and owner of Jet Solutions, has been selected as chairman of the Air Charter Safety Foundation. He succeeds Jim Christiansen, whose term expires at the end of June.
A broad-based and international FAA-industry committee is working to simplify Part 23 of the Federal Aviation Regulations in a way that doubles aircraft safety while reducing costs by as much as 50 percent.
The potential new rules will also serve as a new international set of standards for aircraft weighing less than 12,500 pounds.