Third-quarter revenues at General Dynamics’ aerospace division, which includes Gulfstream Aerospace and Jet Aviation, were $1.8 billion, up 30 percent from a year ago due to more green G650 deliveries, while profits rose 20.3 percent, to $261 million.
A French court recently ruled that the Bell 429 light twin helicopter production skid gear does not infringe Eurocopter’s landing skid gear patent, following a complaint filed by the European helicopter manufacturer.
“Integrity is woven into the fiber of our company,” said Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison, praising the decision. The French court also ordered Eurocopter to pay Bell Helicopter and Bell Canada, each, the sum of €65,000 ($85,000) in costs. A spokesperson for the European manufacturer told AIN Eurocopter now plans to lodge an appeal.
The voluntary fleet grounding at Avantair apparently is continuing into its sixth day. Avantair told AIN earlier this week that it stood down its entire fleet of about 60 Piaggio Avantis on Saturday to conduct safety checks. According to sources, the action was prompted by a July 28 incident in which an Avantair Avanti shed an elevator in flight.
While Embraer’s third-quarter numbers, released yesterday, showed “its best gross margin in several years,” the company’s 13 executive jet deliveries were the same as in the first quarter and seven below the second quarter. Deliveries in the third quarter–11 light jets and two large jets–were also five below those logged in the third quarter last year. Embraer expects deliveries in the fourth quarter to show a substantial jump, typical of industry as a whole in the final period of the year.
Monte Mitchell, 83, the former president of the Aircraft Electronics Association, died last week following a brief illness. He led the organization for nearly 20 years during which time he tripled its membership, introduced new programs and greatly expanded the group’s monthly Avionics News publication. He was also a key driver in the passage of the landmark General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA) of 1994, which reduced the liability faced by aviation manufacturers and spurred new product research and development.
CenTex Aerospace received FAA STC approval for its Halo 250 conversion for King Air 200s today. The conversion raises the mtow for 200-series King Airs from 12,500 to 13,420 pounds and moves the turboprop twin into the commuter category. Included in the Halo 250 conversion are new safety systems that provide improved stall warning in icing conditions, aural over-speed warning, elevator out-of-trim warning, engine fire extinguisher capability, emergency cabin lighting and illuminated escape path floor markings.
The director of Lockheed Martin’s En-route Automation Modernization (Eram) program has said the system’s deployment across the U.S.is on schedule and on budget since the FAA recalculated, or “re-baselined,” its cost and schedule in June last year.
General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) president and CEO Pete Bunce credits the No Plane No Gain program with helping to emphasize to policy makers the importance of business and general aviation to this nation.
While the 65th Annual NBAA Convention here in Orlando is the world’s greatest gathering of modern business aircraft, it isn’t the only great aircraft collection in the area. Drive just 15 minutes west on I-4 and you’ll find Kermit Weeks’s Fantasy of Flight, home to the “The World’s Greatest Aircraft Collection.” If you are a fan of early era through post-WWII aircraft, the museum is a not-to-be-missed destination.
In the upcoming movie Flight, starring Denzel Washington, the only way the captain can save everyone aboard his crippled airliner is to complete an aileron roll just before bellying it in. Sure the story is pure Hollywood hokum, but there have been a number of accidents where pilots, faced with unusual attitude or control situations, reacted either incorrectly or too slowly to save their aircraft. And, unfortunately, life didn’t imitate art.