London Oxford airport-based operator Capital Air Services has taken delivery of a second-hand Eurocopter EC135 “L’Hélicoptère par Hermès.” Managing director Michael Hampton said, “We are sure that the immaculate presentation and elegance of this particular aircraft will be popular with our clients.” Eurocopter designed this luxury version of the light twin jointly with the exclusive French brand and unveiled it in 2007, but sales have been slow.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) certified the country’s “new” home-grown heavy-lift helicopter on January 9. Built at state-owned Avic, the AC313 tips the scales at 27,600 pounds, can carry up to 27 people and has a maximum ferry range of 485 nm and a service ceiling near 28,000 feet. The AC313 appears to be an outgrowth of the 14,000-pound Chinese Zhi-8. That medium helicopter is based on the 1970s-vintage Aérospatiale SA321 Super Frelon.
Every now and then, I go through the voicemails on my office phone and delete the ones I no longer need. I usually end up trashing all of them–with the exception of two that I’ve held onto for years.
Dassault Aviation has selected Nordam to provide cabin window assemblies for its Falcon 900 and Falcon 2000.
The Tulsa, Okla.-based aviation products supplier also provides Dassault with contoured cabin interior liners for the Falcon 7X, Falcon 900 and Falcon 2000. The company has been a Dassault vendor for 30 years and is a major supplier of transparency products for both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.
Embraer’s next new business jet, the fly-by-wire Legacy 500, rolled out of the manufacturer’s São José dos Campos headquarters in Brazil on Dec. 23, 2011. The jet’s first flight had been planned by the end of last year, but has been delayed until the third quarter this year due to a software problem with the fly-by-wire flight control system’s remote electronic unit made by Parker Aerospace, according to Embraer.
Gulfstream’s G650 received provisional type certification from the FAA on Nov. 18, 2011, and the manufacturer expects full FAA certification shortly, allowing planned deliveries in the second quarter. The provisional certification let Gulfstream keep the production line moving, with final-phase manufacturing, including completion activity, continuing on customer aircraft so they can be delivered on schedule.
This is The Jet Business’s new store in Mayfair, London’s fanciest neighborhood. It opened fully in January, complete with purpose-built 32-inch iPads that allow prospective clients to specify their private aviation preferences and view specifications and cabin layouts on life-size video walls. Sales discussions take place in a full-size mockup of an Airbus ACJ, featuring a living room, dining room and office. Company founder Steve Varsano tells AIN he is already busy fielding inquiries from visiting clients drawn from around the globe.
Cirrus has restructured more than $13 million worth of loan and lease obligations related to its Grand Forks, N.D. production facility with that city’s Growth Fund. Cirrus employs approximately 90 people in Grand Forks who make composite component parts for its SR-series piston aircraft, which are then shipped to the company’s assembly line in Duluth, Minn.
Spurred by sluggish demand for light and midsize jets and the threat from Brazil’s Embraer, Cessna has enlarged its midsize cabin cross-section and refreshed one of the lightest jets it builds. The new contenders were revealed last fall in the form of the 680A Latitude midsize and the M2 update of the CJ1+. They compete with, respectively, the Embraer Legacy 450 (slated for certification in late 2014 and service entry in early 2015) and the Phenom 100 (in service since 2009).