Bangladesh and Vietnam are close to buying the Yakovlev Yak-130 advanced jet trainer, according to Russia’s weapons exporter, Rosoboronexport, but in other Asian countries the aircraft faces growing competition from China in the form of the Hongdu L-15. “There are no sales prospects for our aircraft in China, because the local engineers have developed their own design. Outwardly, the L-15 bears a distinct resemblance to the Yak-130,” said Sergei Kornev, head of the Rosoboronexport department for aviation.
Fractional provider Bombardier Flexjet launched Coastal Connect under its Flexjet 25 jet card program, which is operated by U.S. air carrier Jet Solutions. The new feature provides special rates for customers who fly to and from designated zones between the East and West Coasts on Flexjet Challenger 300s. The Flexjet 25 jet card starts at $100,000, with the cost of each flight deducted from the debit card balance, which can be replenished via an automatic or manual recharge option.
Milestone Aviation Group, the helicopter leasing firm headed by NetJets founder Richard Santulli, is raising $250 million to purchase aircraft and refinance previously purchased aircraft. It is doing this by offering senior unsecured notes that are due in 2017. Milestone, which provides 100-percent operating lease financing for helicopters, has leased more than 60 aircraft worth more than $850 million since its launch in August 2010.
Embraer Executive Jets’ first U.S.-assembled Phenom 300 was rolled out and made its first flight yesterday, exactly one year after the first Phenom 100 to be produced in the U.S. took its maiden flight. The Phenom 300 started rolling down the company’s Melbourne, Fla. assembly line in September. Delivery of this light jet is scheduled in the first quarter; it will go to the Embraer Executive Jets Melbourne-based flight department, which will use it as a demonstrator.
Honeywell Aerospace and China’s Avicopter signed a “strategic cooperation framework agreement” to consider equipping the latter company’s helicopters with Honeywell engines and avionics. Rishi Singh, Honeywell’s business and general aviation leader in the Asia-Pacific region, told AIN that his company is slated to provide avionics and engines for Avicopter’s proposed “next-generation single/twin,” which has yet to be given the green light to proceed.
Edra Aeronautics, a major aviation services center in Ipeuna, Brazil, about 90 miles north of São Paulo, celebrated its 15th anniversary, marking the occasion with the addition of two Schweizer 300CBi helicopters to its fleet.
The new helicopters bring the total training fleet to eight aircraft—seven Schweizers and one Comco-Ikarus C42B light piston single.
The Brazilian Association of Air Taxis (ABTaer) has protested what it describes as the illegal use of helicopters for passenger shuttle purposes during the Formula 1 World Championship auto race in São Paulo in November.
With an eye to increased air traffic with soccer’s FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Summer Olympics in 2016, Brazil’s air navigation service provider DECEA (Departamento de Control do Espaço Aéreo) is upgrading its technology.
Bombardier Aerospace received a major boost for its sagging CRJ regional jet program on Thursday, when Delta Air Lines placed a firm order for 40 dual-class CRJ900s and reserved options on another 30.