Mitsubishi Aircraft’s official launch of the proposed 100-seat MRJ100X will likely have to wait at least another year–or until after the first flight of the 88-seat MRJ90 some time in the middle of next year, as the company waits for the European airline market to show more tangible signs of recovery.
JetNet released its first 10-year business jet delivery forecast last month, predicting worldwide deliveries of 11,476 new business jets worth $258 billion by 2020. In January, the company launched its new JetNet iQ survey program and used the more than 1,000 global responses it received, combined with product life cycle, market value analysis and other economic indicators, to shape its forecast.
Volvo Aero has launched the Volvo Life Tracking System for “accurately calculating usage of critical engine components.” The product is designed primarily for Volvo Aero’s RM12 engine, which powers the Saab Gripen multi-role fighter.
Newly hired general aviation industry workers are most at risk for suffering on-the-job injuries, according to a study released recently by United States Aviation Underwriters (USAU). In an attempt to categorize the areas where most injuries and worker-compensation claims occur in the GA industry, USAU studied the last 10 years of insurance claims from its clients.
While the overall number of turbine helicopter accidents in the U.S. declined last year to 62 from 69 in 2009, those accidents were more costly in terms of human life, according to statistics released by Boca Raton-based industry safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.
Helicopter engine manufacturer Turbomeca is working on a 50-50 basis with Chinaπs Avic Engine on the WZ16 turboshaft that will power the Avicopter AC352 medium twin, formerly known as the Z-15. Avic Engine is in charge of the compressor and accessory gearbox, Turbomeca officials told AIN. The France-based company is responsible for the combustor, turbines and control system.
Cavu Companies has added a new hold-over time (Hot) module to its EFB-Pro performance software to help pilots ensure compliance with regulatory re quirements for ground anti-icing/de-icing fluid application and pre-takeoff icing checks. The Hot module costs $250 for the first year and $100 for annual renewal. Current EFB-Pro subscribers can upgrade for the $100 renewal price.
As U.S.-registered business aircraft have begun to fly more hours compared with last year, accidents (at least those involving turboprops) have been on the rise. In the first half of this year compared with the first six months of last year, the number of turboprop accidents has increased, according to statistics released by Boca Raton, Fla.-based aviation safety analyst Robert E. Breiling Associates.
Identifying strengths and spinning them off into new profit centers is one of the key elements of corporate growth, and that is precisely what Jim Spinder has done at Atlantic Aero, where he is president and COO.
The HondaJet program has once again been delayed. Honda Aircraft began notifying buyers last month that delivery of the first HA-420 HondaJet is now planned for the third quarter of 2012. “Regrettably we’ve experienced delays in some components,” a HondaJet spokesman told AIN. He declined to identify the suppliers involved in the latest setback for the program.