Predictions for the number of civil helicopter deliveries over the next decade differ widely, according to forecasts released at the Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo in Dallas by engine manufacturers Honeywell and Rolls-Royce. According to Rolls-Royce, 5,191 civil turbine rotorcraft will be delivered during the 10-year period from 2006 through 2015, equating to an annual average of about 520 units.
The European Business Aviation Association and NBAA are requesting nominations for the 2006 European Business Aviation Award, which is to be presented during the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva (May 3 to 5). The deadline for nominations is March 31.
The first quarter of this year continued the downward trend in fatalities from turbine business aircraft accidents. According to safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla., there was one fatal accident involving a business jet in the first quarter, the same as the tally during the first three months last year, but four people were killed compared with eight last year.
Blurry photos supposedly taken from the inside of the Gol Airlines 737 after it collided with an Embraer Legacy 600 on September 29 over the Amazon jungle making the rounds through e-mail are a hoax, according to several reputable sources, including mythbuster Snopes.com and the NTSB. “The images displayed above have nothing to do with that tragic accident,” Snopes.com said.
Zodiac customer support specialist IN-Services & Al Rumaithy is about to move. At Abu Dhabi International Airport, the new facility will accommodate both the existing administration and technical support offices (currently in Abu Dhabi City) with the stores and add a repair shop. The company expects to start operations at its new site at the end of the fourth quarter of 2006.
Jet Aviation’s Dallas MRO operation has been acquired by Premier/West Star. Jet Aviation will continue to provide FBO services such as fuel at the Love Field location, while Premier/West Star will provide aircraft maintenance services. The arrangement gives Premier/West Star the facility’s factory-authorized Cessna Citation rating and it will continue to specialize in Hawkers, Learjets, Falcons, King Airs, Beechjets and Westwinds.
Hamburg, Germany, plans to present the first Crystal Cabin Awards at the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo, to be held in the city from April 17 to 19 next year. The awards will be divided into several design categories, including comfort and health, environmental, entertainment and communication, innovation, safety and security, and future concepts, as well as an overall winner. Winners will receive a Crystal Cabin trophy.
Bob Pond, who owns the first production Piaggio P.180 Avanti, has ordered a new Avanti II to replace it. He plans to add the superseded airplane to the 25-plus aircraft in the Palm Springs Air Museum in California, which he founded in 1996 after retiring as CEO of Advance Machine Co.
Business aviation is enjoying a higher profile worldwide, as evidenced by the presence of BBC television here at the EBACE show this week to film a documentary for its Fast Track series of business travel reports. The show will be broadcast this weekend on the BBC World and BBC 24 news channels (including 8:30 a.m. on BBC World this Sunday morning).
AgustaWestland (Outside OE2) here announced that the Mexican government has ordered five A119 Koala single-turbine and three A109S Grand twin-turbine helicopters. They will be used in civil protection and emergency medical service roles, among others.