After a slight slump in November, business aircraft activity last month climbed 5.1 percent year-over-year, according to the latest TraqPak data from aviation services company Argus. Numbers were positive nearly across the board, hopefully positioning business aircraft flying off to a good start for this year.
Canada’s Mechtronix has been selected to build a full flight trainer (FFT) for the Piper Meridian at its Montreal facility. The FFT is being acquired by OK Business Aircraft, which acts as the Piper dealer for central-eastern Europe. The contract was signed on the wing of the Meridian in the static park at EBACE 2013.
The Argus Prism annual audit of safety management system (SMS) implementations has been released and reveals deficiencies in areas different from those of the 2011 results.
According to Argus, “The objective of this report is to highlight those recurring problem areas found in SMS implementation and execution.”
Bad weather, fewer patient transports and a higher percentage of uninsured patients combined to create a surprise loss during the first quarter at Air Methods, the largest air ambulance provider in the U.S. CEO Aaron Todd hinted that the downturn was just temporary.
Chameleon Products has added a new dimension–a third dimension, to be more accurate.
The new product–Visionairy–was created to introduce 3-D images into the aviation sector. According to the Birmingham, UK-based firm, “The process applies a vast range of images into substrates, creating three-dimensional scenes that can then be attached to aircraft bulkheads or other cabin interior surfaces.”
Engineering researchers at the University of Arkansas have created a statistical model of daily operations at general aviation airports that might uncover unusual activity that could indicate a security threat.
Sometimes, editors simply have to guess. No, not about the facts in their articles, but about what editorial projects will pay off on the time, effort and resources invested in them.
Vector Aerospace will maintain its separate identity as a stand-alone MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) company even after it is acquired by Eurocopter Holdings, according to Vector CEO Declan O’Shea.
Eurocopter Holding, a subsidiary of EADS, will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Vector Aerospace by way of a takeover bid at $13.49 in cash per common share. The offer values Vector Aerospace equity at approximately $648.7 million. Vector Aerospace provides both rotary-wing and fixed-wing maintenance, repair and overhaul services.
MRO Vector Aerospace has announced that its Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services North America has signed a service agreement with West Coast Helicopters of British Columbia, Canada, effective through the end of next year. The service agreement includes an optional two-year extension in support of its fleet of five Eurocopter AStar B2s, two MD500Ds and a Bell 206. Vector Aerospace will provide coverage for all engines and components.
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