PlaneSense took delivery of the 1,200th PC-12 at its Portsmouth, N.H. headquarters last month during a ceremony hosted by company founder and CEO George Antoniadis. The aircraft is the 49th PC-12 acquired by PlaneSense since its founding in 1995 and launch in 1996. With retirements (typically after 6,500 hours of service) and replacements over the years, PlaneSense’s current fleet counts 30 of the turboprop singles, with an average age of five years (including the four core aircraft).
Airbus aerostructures supplier Aerolia has received the 500th shipset of nose landing gear bays for the A320 series from Russia’s Irkut. The landmark was celebrated on Tuesday at the MAKS airshow in Moscow. Irkut has been supplying structures and systems to Airbus since 2004 with work packages including keel beams, flap tracks and landing gear bays.
British aircraft services company BBA Aviation is in talks with StandardAero over a $4.2 billion deal, according to a Reuters report. The news agency said it “would hand Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), owner of Arizona-based engine repair and maintenance business StandardAero, a large stake in the combined business.”
Duncan Aviation recently delivered its 56th pair of Aviation Partners winglets installed on Dassault Falcon 900s and 2000s. Morrie Harris’s 15-person airframe team at Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek, Mich. facility performed 36 of the mods. Team Harris has more than five years of experience installing winglets, and Duncan Aviation has several other teams in Battle Creek as well as its Lincoln, Neb. facility with experience completing the modification.
A new fuel-saving and safety-focused aircraft taxi system is being tested at Frankfurt Airport (EDDF), Germany. The new taxi tool, called “follow the greens,” allows crews to add just enough power to taxi–without intermediate stops–to reach their airport destination. Controllers communicate the go/no-go signals to crews by turning on and off various portions of the airport’s green taxiway centerline lighting, which are also expected to help prevent runway incursions. Constant cockpit throttle positions are expected to save fuel.
Approximately 350 aviation workers, pilots and enthusiasts in New Mexico joined with elected officials and alphabet group leaders yesterday at Cutter Aviation in Albuquerque for a general aviation jobs rally hosted by the General Aviation Manufacturing Association (GAMA.)
Business aviation’s hopes for the famous BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) were somewhat dented last year by mixed economic fortunes across the board, but they continue to be the focus of long-term optimism.
Aircraft spares specialist Global Parts is expanding its manufacturing capability in order to be able to make a variety of machined items under contract from manufacturers. Equipped with five-axis machining facilities, the U.S. company’s capability in this area now includes items such as wing assemblies and landing gear braces.
The French Air Force accepted its first A400M airlifter on August 2, when an all-military crew flew the first production aircraft–MSN7–from Seville to its operational base at Orleans. The flight followed a July 31 declaration by the pan-European procurement agency OCCAR that Airbus Military had achieved the contracted specifications for the initial operating capability of the new airlifter.
The first Airbus ACJ321 interior is being completed at Comlux America in Indianapolis, with delivery to sister company and charter operator Fly Comlux in Zurich expected next year.
The airplane is the newest private jet from the Airbus ACJ series, and when Fly Comlux takes delivery, its fleet will include at least one each of the entire ACJ single-aisle bizliners: the ACJ318, ACJ319, ACJ320 and ACJ321. The ACJ321 will be the largest of that ACJ series in the Fly Comlux fleet.