This year’s RAA Convention virtually coincides with the introduction of Tuscon, Arizona-based Universal Avionics’s new FlexPerf trip performance module, on display this week in the Montreal Convention Center. Designed to provide “advanced” fuel savings predictions for aircraft performance during climb, cruise and descent, the system works with Universal’s Waas/SBAS flight management system (FMS) and multi-mission management system (MMMS).
News and issues relating specifically to regional airlines, including aircraft, engines, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security and training; and coverage of annual conventions of the U.S. Regional Airline Association (RAA) and European Regions Airline Association (ERA).
The 1:20 scale model of a Sukhoi Superjet 100 at the jointly occupied SuperJet International-Powerjet stand at the RAA annual convention in Montreal sports the colors of Mexico’s Interjet for good reason: The Mexico City-based airline expects to take delivery of its first SSJ100 by the end of this month.
Wichita, Kansas-based wire harness maker Global Aviation Technologies has introduced a new annunciator replacement panel for the de Havilland Dash 8 turboprop, the company announced here at the RAA Convention. A so-called “plug and play” modification, GAT’s new panel replaces and combines the current Honeywell-Grimes caution advisory panel (Part Number 80-5035-XX) and warning annunciator panels (Part Number 75-0434-X) for the Dash 8-100, -200 and -300, cutting in half the number of LRUs operators need to stock.
Bombardier Aerospace announced last month that Nordic Aviation Capital of Billund, Denmark, has signed a firm purchase agreement to acquire four Q400 turboprops. Bombardier places the value of the contact, based on list prices, at $134.77 million.
Virgin Australia completed its acquisition of Perth-based regional Skywest Airlines last month through a so-called scheme of arrangement governed by the laws of Singapore.
Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group has rejoined the Regional Airline Association (RAA) after a 12-year absence. Mesa’s admission increases the RAA’s airline membership rolls to 27 carriers operating half of all U.S. commercial flights.
As the Regional Airline Association gathers its membership in Montreal on May 6 to 9 for its first-ever annual convention held outside the U.S., few among the RAA leadership will get a chance to set aside thoughts of events back home in Washington, D.C. Talk of FAA rule changes and budget cuts will no doubt dominate the discourse within the meeting rooms at the Palai
Despite the difficulty ATR has encountered in penetrating the U.S. turboprop market, company CEO Filippo Bagnato continues to express optimism that the Franco-Italian partnership will experience a resurgence in what perhaps represents its final frontier of a sort. Now controlling some 60 percent of the market for 50- to 90-seat airplanes based on unit sales backlogs, the last Western maker of 50-seat-category turboprops sees itself as a potential lifeline for small U.S. cities and communities that can no longer support the services of regional jets of any size.
Despite some vacillation on the part of airframe OEMs still studying the form their respective 90-seat turboprop might finally take, development of Pratt & Whitney Canada’s engine offering continues on what company vice president of marketing Richard Dussault called a critical path leading to expected launch next year.
Britain’s skies are filled not so much with aircraft noise as with the sound of grinding axes, as regional airports vie for audibility during the latest UK government reconsideration of aviation strategy. Forever perceiving themselves as poor relations to major London-area facilities, some of Britain’s local airports (especially in central and southwestern regions) have taken to denigrating competitors, all the while proclaiming their respective “connectivity” to airline networks.