Bell Helicopter announcedforeign approval of seven products distributed through itsAeronautical Accessories brand.Approvals were received in May from the Ukraine State Aviation Administration, Brazil’sAgência Nacional de Aviação Civil(ANAC) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for numerous products, including Ukraine approvals for Bell 407 cabin floor protectors and baggage floor protectors; ANAC approvals for the health and usage monitoring system for the Bell 429, an antenna kit for the Bell 407
Greenpoint Technologies, a VIP completions center for Boeing Business Jets, has acquired an equity position in MRO Aviation Technical Services (ATS). The two have worked together for 15 years on VIP and head‐of‐state programs. Acquiring an equity position ensures Greenpoint will have the hangar capacity and installation labor required to meet current and future completion needs. Jon Buccola, Greenpoint chairman and founder, will serve on the ATS board of directors.
Comlux has taken delivery of its first Airbus ACJ321. It is now being outfitted by Comlux America in Indianapolis and is slated for delivery next year. Additional center tanks are also being installed to give the ACJ321 extra range. “This is an important year for Comlux because we are celebrating our 10th anniversary. We started to operate the ACJ family in 2006 and to date we have flown more than 15,000 charter hours on our Airbus fleet,” said Richard Gaona, president and CEO of Comlux, the Aviation Group.
Bombardier will fail to meet its end-of-June target for first flight of the CSeries, according to a statement issued by the company Wednesday. It now expects first flight to happen by the end of July.
Bombardier Aerospace recently delivered the 400th Challenger 300 during a ceremony at the aircraft manufacturer’s facilities in Montreal. The milestone super-midsize jet will be operated by Russian business aviation firm BJet, which also has a Global 5000 and 6000, Challenger 605 and 850 and Learjet 60 in its fleet. The first Challenger 300 was delivered to Bombardier Flexjet in early 2004.
Offshore oil helicopter operator Bristow Group is retrofitting all 44 of its helicopters with Rockwell Collins Tcas II systems. Working with the avionics manufacturer, Bristow has already retrofitted the Collins TTR-4000 Tcas II system on 24 of its helicopters. Within the next year Rockwell Collins is to install its next-generation TTR-4100, which adds traffic computer capability and enables ADS-B IN applications, on 20 of Bristow’s helicopters.
Airbus Corporate Jet Center is the first completion shop to install and activate a Ku-band-based “global communication suite” on a single-aisle Airbus, in this case an ACJ319. Installed in close collaboration with Panasonic, the system’s Ku-Band antenna provides “superior performance” at high latitudes and in the equatorial region, offering high-speed data and live TV anywhere around the world. Ku-band antennas are typically used by airlines, though ACJC said demand is picking up for this technology in the business jet market.
At its 18th Annual Flight Attendants/Flight Technicians Conference, held June 20 to 22 in Washington, D.C., the National Business Aviation Association announced 32 recipients of scholarships valued at $60,000. More than 235 attendees gathered for the two-day conference, which focused on cabin safety, emergency training, cultural awareness and sensitivity training and networking.
The scholarship program is administered by NBAA and its Flight Attendants Committee, and was established to assist business aviation flight attendants/flight technicians in their roles as crewmembers.
Most of the resources to reduce runway incursions are already in place, according to the FAA’s group manager for runway safety, Jim Krieger, who believes the problem is well understood by pilots, controllers, airport managers and airport vehicle drivers. “Most of what we do now is evaluate an incursion after it occurs,” Krieger told AIN. “We need to look at all of the [data] outcomes and become more predictive about these events.
Two $2,100 American Eurocopter scholarship winners will attend a comprehensive training program aimed at improving the safety of air medical transport. Josh Weiland, safety officer for Sanford AirMed Enterprise, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Peter Carros, safety manager for Geisinger Health Systems in Danville, Pa., will attend the Safety Management Training Academy conducted annually by the Association of Air Medical Services.