Russian Helicopters and Uzbekistan’s Uzrosavia last month in Moscow signed an agreement to cooperate on the maintenance of Russian-built rotorcraft. The five-year agreement also covers other countries in central Asia. In Iran, Russian Helicopters and Fanavaran Aseman Giti have signed an agreement to promote Russian rotorcraft in the country. Fanavaran will become the official representative in the Islamic Republic.
SimCom Training Centers is now offering a week-long maintenance training course for the MU-2 turboprop, to be held at MU-2 service centers in the U.S. twice a year. Two classes have already been held this year, and the next is scheduled for spring 2010 at a location to be determined. Training at the service centers allows instructors to combine classroom sessions with hands-on instruction and demonstrations in the service center.
Russia’s defense industry is looking both to compete and cooperate with its western European counterparts as it bids to expand its international customer base.
Corona, Calif.-based Single Point of Contact has introduced a new service:
single-point assist maintenance service exclusively for overseas destinations.
The subscription service provides on-site maintenance technicians with a single phone call from the aircraft operator.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is promoting Eurocontrol’s Pagoda as the best tool for business aviation operators to meet the monitoring process for emissions trading scheme requirements. Pagoda is a Eurocontrol-developed program that estimates fuel burn and greenhouse gas emissions directly from traffic data for
Bird Air Services of India has signed an exclusive marketing agreement with Swiss company VistaJet Holding to market VistaJet in the Indian subcontinent (India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Bird Air Services is a subsidiary of Bird Group, a fast-growing Indian travel conglomerate.
Universal Aviation Aruba will be able to pre-clear visitors for all U.S. customs and immigration at Aruba’s general aviation terminal starting early next year, according to Universal Weather & Aviation. The pre-clearance capability stems from an agreement signed by the U.S. and Aruba in May, which made Aruba the first country in the world to be able to offer pre-clearance.
Since the FAA issued the special regulation governing MU-2 pilot proficiency in February, nearly 300 pilots have completed the additional training required to fly the turboprop.
Bell UH-1N, Panama City, Panama, May 29, 2008–The Panamanian Air Service UH-1N crashed into an office building in Panama City, killing two of the three crewmembers and all nine passengers. No one on the ground was hurt. The passengers were Chilean and Panamanian police officials en route to a UN conference. Autoridad Aeronautica Civil of Panama is investigating the accident, with assistance from the NTSB.
A Mitsubishi MU-2 crashed into a car dealership April 15 at about 3 p.m. near San Juan, Puerto Rico. The sole-occupant pilot and one person on the ground were killed. The twin turboprop, N45BS, was registered to Maxfly Aviation of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and was being operated by Crucian International Airlines.