Aviation International News » November 2012

November 1, 2012 - 3:30am

In the first nine months of this year, accidents involving both U.S.-registered and non-U.S.-registered business jets increased over those recorded in the same period last year. According to figures compiled by AIN, the total number of nonfatal N-registered business jet mishaps increased from 21 in the first three quarters of last year to 23 in the same time frame this year. Fatal accidents climbed from one event last year to four this year and fatalities jumped from four last year to 17 this year. All the fatal accidents in both periods befell Part 91 operations.

November 1, 2012 - 3:00am
Daher-Socata TBM 850

New turboprop sales continue their slow, steady climb out of the cellar. For the first six months of this year, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reports sales of the segment are up 10.5 percent compared with the same period one year ago, with 243 delivered. Hawker Beechcraft King Airs, Pilatus PC-12s and Cessna Caravans lead the pack, as usual.

November 1, 2012 - 2:20am

The FAA is making progress implementing safety management systems (SMS) both within the agency and for the aviation industry as a whole, but the effort is likely to take many years to complete, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

November 1, 2012 - 1:45am

Dublin, Ireland-based Milestone Aviation claims to be on track to lease $1 billion worth of helicopters by year-end. The company, created in 2010 by former NetJets top execs Richard Santulli and William Kelly, provides various leasing arrangements to helicopter operators, from lease on new helicopter delivery–the customer chooses the aircraft, negotiates the contract and then assigns it to Milestone–to sale-leaseback.

November 1, 2012 - 12:35am
Proposition 65 ad

The aviation industry is slowly headed toward development of an unleaded replacement fuel for avgas-burning piston-powered aircraft, and a recent move by the FAA is an encouraging sign that progress will continue. The FAA recently agreed to open a new Fuels Program Office, according to NATA, that will provide “technical expertise and strategic direction in the planning, management and coordination of activities related to aviation fuels.”

November 1, 2012 - 12:35am
Bond Wind Farm

Bond Aviation Services began flying a Eurocopter EC135T2+ and crew to maintain wind farms within the Greater Gabbard field off England’s Suffolk coast early last month.

November 1, 2012 - 12:15am
Florida’s Venice Airport

Venice Airport on Florida’s Gulf Coast stands out among the 40 or so fields that received FAA Airport Improvement Program grants totaling more than $260 million in August. It’s not because Venice is a bastion of business aviation activity–the field is lucky to see six bizjet movements per day–nor did it receive the largest ($32.9 million) or smallest ($791,000) grant.

November 1, 2012 - 12:15am

Venice Airport on Florida’s Gulf Coast stands out among the 40 or so fields that received FAA Airport Improvement Program grants totaling more than $260 million in August. It’s not because Venice is a bastion of business aviation activity–the field is lucky to see six bizjet movements per day–nor did it receive the largest ($32.9 million) or smallest ($791,000) grant.

October 1, 2012 - 3:25am
Lamboo Elite “engineered bamboo.”

Bamboo? In a business jet cabin? Luke Schuette laughs, the kind of satisfied laugh you get from an entrepreneur who took a chance, launched a company and turned the dream to reality.

 
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