Lately, I find myself growing tired of memorials, most recently the one that fills the empty hole in the ground where the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers once stood, which its creators hope will, in some way, fill the empty holes in the hearts of so many.
Diamond Aircraft appears to have secured new funding that will allow it to resume progress on the single-engine D-Jet program. The funding–“a significant investment”–is dedicated to the D-Jet, according to Diamond, and permits the company to recall furloughed engineers and technicians, resume flight testing and build the next test aircraft. This is subject, however, “to finalization of closing arrangements” for the funding.
Last week marked the 99th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. In her day, she was the biggest and best of her kind, incorporating the latest technology of the period.
Blackhawk Modifications opened a new office near Lanseria International Airport, South Africa, where many King Airs and Caravans are based and maintained. “Africa represents a quickly growing region for the aircraft we specialize in: the King Air and Caravan. We’re selling three aircraft in Africa to every one we sell in South America.
Three transportation organizations have announced the formation of a large aviation labor alliance to combine and coordinate lobbying efforts on airline safety and security. The American Aviation Labor Alliance (AALA) is a formal partnership of the Transport Workers Union (TWU), the Coalition of Airline Pilots Association (CAPA) and International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
Thrane & Thrane has taken the wraps off what it claims is the smallest, lightest satcom equipment available for linking through Inmarsat broadband services in flight. The company’s Aviator 200 satcom system can create a wireless hotspot in the aircraft cabin, allowing a wide range of Wi-Fi devices.
Germany-based ACM Air Charter achieved IS-BAO Stage 1 registration
Robert Wiles, the 26-year-old son of National Flight Services (NSF) owner Tom Wiles, is believed to be dead and a former coworker has been arrested for his death, the FBI said in late December. Robert Wiles disappeared in April 2008, at which time he was believed to have been kidnapped and held for ransom. Stobert “Tobie” Holt Jr.
Blackhawk Modifications continues to expand its ranks of distributors worldwide. The company most recently has completed distribution agreements both in the U.S. and in Europe and Australia, including Bromma Air Maintenance of Sweden; Scandinavian Air Technologies of Denmark; Cobham Aviation Service, UK; Approved Aircraft Maintenance, Australia; Hawker Pacific, Australia; and Lanmar Aviation, Conn.
Emivest Aerospace, formerly Sino Swearingen Aircraft, on September 23 delivered its first SJ30 light jet and continues to ramp up production at its San Antonio plant. The twinjet, S/N 008, was handed over to owner Harry Mohney of Déjà Vu Consulting of Lansing, Mich., for use in support of his entertainment business. Emivest said five more SJ30s are currently on the production line.