Aviation International News » November 2009

October 30, 2009 - 6:45am

Eurocontrol is warning helicopter operators, especially offshore oil operators, of a potential threat posed by “skysails,” giant kites that help propel some large ships such as oil tankers and container carriers. On September 15 a helicopter was descending over the southern North Sea to a nearby oil or gas platform when the crew saw such a skysail. It was flying ahead of a vessel, at around 1,000 feet, just below the clouds.

October 30, 2009 - 6:44am

American Eurocopter has lodged a protest concerning the Maryland State Police’s (MSP) request for proposal (RFP) to replace its fleet of 11 aging AS 365Ns. Eurocopter asserts that the RFP was designed to favor the AgustaWestland AW139. Eurocopter had proposed refurbishment, rather than replacement, of the Maryland fleet along the lines of what it has done for the U.S. Coast Guard’s fleet of HH-65s.

October 30, 2009 - 6:42am

New York’s only scheduled helicopter shuttle service is no more, at least for now.

October 29, 2009 - 8:33am

New York’s only scheduled helicopter shuttle service is no more, at least for now.

October 29, 2009 - 8:28am

Embraer has received ISA+39-deg C certification for the E190 from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and the FAA, the company announced last month. With the certification, the 100-seat jet can fly without operational restriction at airports where temperatures reach as high as 129 degrees F at sea level.

October 29, 2009 - 8:27am

Pinnacle Airlines has decided to move the headquarters of its Colgan Air subsidiary to Memphis, placing the two operating units in the same location “mainly for operations, planning and communications purposes.” Some 50 Colgan employees plan to make the move to Memphis from Manassas, Va., “in the November-December time frame,” while another 45 chose not to move.

October 29, 2009 - 8:26am

Bombardier and ATR each announced orders for a pair of turboprops last month, the Canadian manufacturer from Papua New Guinea’s Air Niugini for NextGen Q400s and the Franco-Italian airframe maker from Libyan Airlines for ATR 42-500s. The Q400 order included an option on a single airplane of the same type. Air Niugini’s fleet now consists of three 26-seat Q200s and three 50-seat Q300s.

October 29, 2009 - 8:04am

Republic Airways plans to ground the last of nine remaining Boeing 717s it acquired with its purchase of Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines by November 3 and replace them with Embraer E190s flown by “non-legacy” pilots. At press time Midwest’s ALPA-represented pilots and the Teamsters-represented pilots at Republic failed to reach a deal to merge their seniority lists, leaving the last 68 Midwest pilots out of work.

October 29, 2009 - 8:03am

The charter segment has been hit particularly hard during this downturn, as the number of flights dropped drastically from year-ago levels. Flight activity has recently begun to show minor increases, but in many cases the downturn has shone a light on other challenges with which the industry must contend.

October 29, 2009 - 8:02am

Franco-Italian regional aircraft maker ATR last month presented to the public the ATR 72-600 during a ceremony in Toulouse, France, where it also confirmed progress on its work with engine makers on a 90- to 100-seat turboprop. Despite the cancellation of orders for 22 aircraft this year, ATR maintains a three-year delivery backlog. The -600 series has drawn orders for fifty-four 72s and five 42s by seven customers.

 
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