Yesterday during the NBAA Awards Luncheon, Olivier Dassault accepted the NBAA Meritorious Service to Aviation Award for his father, Serge, who wasn’t able to attend due to other business in Europe. The elder Dassault was chosen for NBAA’s most distinguished honor because he is “one of the most innovative leaders in business aviation,” according to NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. Serge is currently chairman and CEO of Dassault Group.
On the shoulders of what it describes as a healthy order book with multiple new completion contracts and signed letters of intent, AMAC Aerospace of Basel, Switzerland, has embarked on the second phase of a major expansion project.
Phase-two construction began in July on a 90,000-sq-ft widebody bizliner hangar that will include backshops and offices. The total investment for the second phase is approximately $21.6 million.
Negative attention has prompted the business aviation industry to promote airplanes as tools of productivity rather than luxurious transportation for the wealthy. However, two French airports–Chambéry and Grenoble–are bucking that trend and specializing in serving wealthy clientèle who like winter stays in nearby ski resorts, including the most exclusive ones such as Courchevel.
Airbus has launched a study for improving flight data recovery, including extended data transmission for commercial airliners, the company announced last week in an apparent acknowledgement of the deficiencies highlighted by the crash of Air France Flight 447 and subsequent efforts to recover its FDR and CVR.
The condition of the wreckage recovered from that Air France A330-200 that plunged into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1 indicates that the airplane broke apart upon hitting the water, not while in flight as previously hypothesized, according to an interim report issued by the French civil aviation accident investigation bureau (BEA) today.
The National Transportation Safety Board has launched investigations into two recent incidents in which airspeed and altitude indications in Airbus A330s might have malfunctioned, adding to the suspicion that an instrument failure could have led to the June 1 loss of an Air France A330-200 (Flight 447) in the Atlantic Ocean, killing 228 people.
Search teams have found the bodies of the captain and a flight attendant among the victims of the crash of Air France Flight 447, the company confirmed today. So far crews have recovered at least 50 bodies from the Atlantic Ocean out of the 228 aboard the Airbus A330-200 when it crashed in the early morning hours of June 1.
Louis Gallois would not fuel speculation about what caused the Air France A330 to crash into the Atlantic Ocean on June 1, but he did say that the replacement of pitot tubes had been instigated due to problems in takeoff and landing, not in cruise. This contradicts more than a week of speculation that a pitot tube failure may have been a major contributory factor to the accident.
Brazilian search teams found more wreckage from Air France Flight 447 yesterday and today as evidence mounted that the Airbus A330 likely broke apart above the ocean while flying through a violent storm.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy will be flying in a style more becoming the nation’s leader with a recent government decision to acquire an Airbus A330-200 that will be outfitted as the country’s newest head-of-state aircraft.