Eurocopter announced today that Starlite Aviation is the launch customer for the new AS332C1e Super Puma medium-twin helicopter, a shorter-fuselage version that observers see as the manufacturer’s response to low-cost alternatives from Russia. The contract calls for two of the new helicopters to be delivered by the end of next year, following FAA and EASA certification. Starlite also has options for another two helicopters.
Jet Aviation St. Louis plans to deliver its 200th green business aircraft completion next month. According to Jet Aviation, this will happen sooner than originally planned, thanks to continuous improvement initiatives that have increased the efficiency of the completions process and resulted in improved delivery times. Jet Aviation St. Louis has completed 197 aircraft to date since spooling up its completion business in earnest in 1997 with its first Challenger 601 completion. Its completions pace has accelerated in recent years, with 97 aircraft delivered since 2008.
Offshore operator Bristow “entered into an agreement” yesterday to order 10 Sikorsky S-92 medium-twin helicopters and secured options for another 16. The move emerges as the operator is keeping 16 Eurocopter Super Pumas on the ground, following two controlled ditchings that affected the EC225 type in just six months. Both ditchings were caused by a failure of the main gearbox.
Bombardier has appointed Flying Colours of Peterborough, Ontario, and its subsidiary JetCorp Technical Services of St. Louis as authorized service facilities (ASF) for its Learjet and Challenger business jets. Flying Colours is known for its new green Challenger 850 completions as a Bombardier- authorized completion center.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) has named Horizontal De Aviación at Aeropuerto Internacional el Dorado in Bogotá, Colombia, an authorized service center to support the Beechcraft King Air line. “The Colombian aviation market is one of the fastest growing Beechcraft aviation segments in Latin America,” said Christi Tannahill, Hawker Beechcraft senior vice president of Global Customer Support.
Jet Aviation St. Louis installed Honeywell’s DU- 875 flight-deck upgrade in an Embraer Legacy 600; it also recently gained approval for the Legacy 650. The MRO has also installed the system in the Bombardier Global Express. The new liquid-crystal DU-875 can display XM Weather and paperless charts and incorporates an LED backlight and patented wide-angle visibility technology. According to the MRO, the upgraded system weighs less than previous displays and is more reliable.
Bombardier’s new CSeries CS100 will not fly until at least the end of next June, roughly six months later than the most recent target, according to the latest schedule published by the Canadian airframe maker. If all goes according to the latest plans, the smaller of the two-member narrowbody family will consequently enter service in the middle of 2014.
Tamarack Aerospace has unveiled the first of what it promises will be a series of active winglet systems designed to relieve wing bending loads caused by winglets. The company’s active technology load alleviation system (Atlas) should be certified and available for installation on Cirrus SR22 G1 and G2 piston singles early next year, but Tamarack is also testing Atlas, which includes new winglets, on a Cessna CitationJet 525. Tamarack brought the Atlas-equipped CitationJet to the NBAA Convention in Orlando and gave demonstration rides during the show.
Sussex County Airport has broken ground on a $4.46 million runway expansion that will extend the length of its main runway to 5,500 feet, opening the facility to larger aircraft. Scheduled for completion next summer, the improvement at the Georgetown airport is the first part of a process that will eventually extend the runway to 6,000 feet. The second stage, scheduled to take place during the next few years, will relocate a local road and cost approximately $20 million.
The FAA has released details of a new ADS-B-based oceanic airspace trial that started October 26 with the goal of reducing longitudinal separation between participating aircraft in the Oakland air route traffic control center’s oceanic control area. The in-trail procedure (ITP), which applies to climbing and descending aircraft, is designed to prove that more aircraft will be able to fly at their requested altitudes using the ADS-B reduced separation standards. A number of conditions must exist during the trial period in order for controllers to apply reduced separation standards.