While much of the completion and refurbishment industry was battling to remain afloat during the recession, Flying Colours in the quiet Canadian city of Peterborough, Ontario, discovered a niche market in converting retired Canadair Regional Jets (CRJs) to executive use, and more recently, abundant work outfitting green Challenger 850s from Bombardier.
Aviation International News » October 2011
Bell Helicopter is exploring new markets and missions for its Bell-Boeing Osprey V-22 military tiltrotor.
Later this year the Bell Helicopter Training Academy will begin offering a two-day tactical flight officer (TFO) or “spotter” training course for law enforcement officers. Bell announced the course at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association convention this past summer. “There’s been a lot of interest in the course,” said Trey Wade, director of Bell Training Academy.
While Bombardier recorded a healthy overall jump in net income in this year’s second quarter–from $138 million in 2010 to $211 million this year–news from the aerospace side of the house was somewhat less cheerful, but still positive.
Congress once again ran FAA operations almost to the wire last month before finally agreeing on a 22nd “temporary” extension of the agency’s operating authority, thus preventing another partial shutdown of the FAA and a work stoppage affecting more than 200 airport construction projects and safety improvements.
The only rotorcraft on display at Jet Expo 2011 was the Bell 429, of which the first example to be delivered to Russia arrived in June. The helicopter came in crates and was assembled at the Moscow aircraft repair plant with help of Russian rotorcraft maker Kazan.
After being dented by the financial crisis, Russian business aviation is back in growth mode. This trend was confirmed by Moscow’s Jet Expo show (September 14 to 16), staged for the first time in the Vnukovo-3 business aviation center of the Russian capital’s Vnukovo Airport.
Even as other aviation segments struggled in the throes of a recession deeper and more enduring than anyone expected, the rotorcraft industry remained at least healthy. But is that going to last? If Heli-Expo 2011 in March was an indicator, the answer is “yes.”
Colgan Air grounded the pilots who landed a Saab 340B at the wrong Louisiana airport on September 7, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
Hawker Beechcraft has appointed Karin-Joyce Tjon as its new CFO. Most recently she was managing director of global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal.
John Reimers, CEO of Seattle-based Aviation Partners Boeing, has resigned. Mike Stowell, the company’s chief technology officer and executive v-p of engineering, will assume the role as acting CEO.