With the appointment of a new manager to lead its bid for a joint civil/military UK Search and Rescue service, Bristow Helicopters is giving notice of its desire to win the contract back from Canadian nemesis CHC. Bristow director Allan Blake is confident that the loss of the work last year was “just a hiccup” for the helicopter services company.
Aviation International News » September 2006
Simplex has introduced a new DC electric hover pump for its Fire Attack helicopter firefighting system that it says slashes fill times by nearly 50 percent. The first system has been installed on a San Diego Sheriff’s Department Bell 205A1, and deliveries of two more are expected soon.
Company president Paul Spring said it will be used mostly in support of Phoenix’s work in the “oil sands” area of northern Alberta, where shallow-lying bitumen is processed into oil.
By some accounts, riding as a passenger in the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey military tiltrotor is memorable not for its comfort level but because of the aircraft’s pronounced vibrations.
Garmin in late July announced plans for a retrofit version of the G1000 avionics system in the Beech King Air C90 through an STC program with Executive Beechcraft in Kansas City, Mo. Scheduled for certification by the middle of next year, the cockpit will include the G1000 system’s glass displays, air-data computers and a long list of standard features.
After an initial round of meetings with potential OEM partners on its supersonic business jet (SSBJ), Aerion is refining its business case. To lead this effort Aerion hired James Stewart, former CFO of Bombardier Aerospace, as its CFO.
The Falcon 7X flight-test program is progressing on schedule, with four of the trijets logging more than 850 hours during 275 test flights. Certification flights with the EASA have begun and will be completed by year-end, to be followed by final certification and first deliveries early in the new year. As a further mark of progress, Falcon 7X S/N 04 joined the test fleet in late July.
Cessna began function and reliability (F&R) flight-testing on the Citation Mustang early last month, the last step before gaining type certification from the FAA, a goal now clearly in sight. EASA approval is expected in the second quarter next year.
The new Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) is jointly promoting the new-format Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) conference and exhibition with Dubai Air Show organizer Fairs & Exhibitions (F&E). MEBA will be staged at the Airport Expo Dubai center in the United Arab Emirates on January 31 and February 1, the venue having been switched from nearby Abu Dhabi.
Transport Canada (TC), the government agency that regulates the country’s aviation activities, has presented its future policy philosophy in the recently published “Flight 2010–A Strategic Plan for Civil Aviation.” The document describes the agency’s planned transition from a prescriptive, or totally regulation-based, organization to one that is performance-based.