HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, prime minister and vice president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, officially opened the Dubai Air Show 2011 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of the Royal Pavilion yesterday. Afterward he led a royal delegation on a tour of the static display and exhibitor stands.
Boeing and Emirates Airlines announced at the Dubai Air Show today the airline’s order for 50 Boeing 777-300ERs and options for an additional 20 aircraft. The order is valued at $18 billion, making it, by dollar value, the single largest commercial airplane order in Boeing’s history.
Bell Helicopter received type certification this week for the Bell 429 from the Civil Aviation Administration of China. The OEM said the milestone is important as it continues to expand in the Asia Pacific region. According to Bell, the 429 has conducted “extensive” flight demonstrations in every continent except Antarctica, and the helicopter has now been certified in more than 40 countries.
Bell’s Aeronautical Accessories brand will distribute the TrueView Enhanced Visions Systems infrared thermal imaging system worldwide. It is currently certified via supplemental type certificate in the U.S. and Canada for the Bell 206B and 206L. TrueView is developing systems for the Bell 407 and 429.
This year’s Farnborough airshow came and went without the long-anticipated announcement by either Bell or AgustaWestland as to what would become of their joint program, now well into its second decade, to develop a civil tiltrotor. Without offering specifics, a Bell spokeswoman told AIN last month, “Bell/Agusta Aerospace is committed to certifying and delivering the world’s first commercial tiltrotor.”
Last month at the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) annual conference in London, Cessna vice president of corporate communication Robert Stangarone emphasized the need for the industry to continue communicating the value and benefits of business aviation. “Everyone in our industry should consider himself [an] ambassador,” he said.
In a move to end the longstanding dispute between helicopter operators and residents around the exclusive sea resort of Saint-Tropez in southeast France, local authorities have issued new rules. Ten spots in Saint-Tropez and neighboring Ramatuelle and Gassin are allowed for helicopter landings and takeoffs. Hours of operations are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Daily aircraft movements are limited to 10 or 20, depending on the city.
Bell Helicopter here on Monday announced an order for 14 helicopters–12 Bell 407s and two Bell 206B3s–from Australia-based sales representative Hawker Pacific. “Strong growth in the Oceania market ranges from aviation logistics support in Papua New Guinea, aerial support of mining in New Caledonia and corporate/private operators in Australia/New Zealand,” Hawker Pacific CEO Alan Smith explained.