Although business has been tough for UK helicopter charter companies in recent times, Capital Air Services is in the process of increasing its managed fleet with the addition of two Sikorsky S-76++ helicopters. This will bring the S-76 fleet to three, to operate alongside a Eurocopter EC155 and a pair of EC135s.
A pair of major new suppliers for Embraer’s next-generation E-Jets identified themselves last week in a sign that program advancement continues apace despite the airframer’s reservations about communicating any details about its plans for an industrial launch or even performance specifications.
U.S. airlines have managed to stay profitable during a period of recession and spiking fuel prices, but small- and medium-sized airports have paid the price in reduced domestic air service, according to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) study.
A major restructuring at Air India has cut loss-making routes to 25 percent of its network in the fiscal year ending March 2013, down from 69 percent in the previous year. The airline attributes the improvement to a series of steps taken to cut costs, restructure loans, strengthen management and liquidate assets, including the spin-off of engineering and ground handling as independent profit centers.
After just a decade of operation, Switzerland- and U.S.-based Comlux (Booth 387) has a lot to be proud about. At EBACE the company is celebrating its 10th anniversary and five years of operations as Comlux USA in Indianapolis, Indiana. There are new VIP aircraft in the Fly Comlux fleet, and completions projects rolling into the hangars on both continents, as well as some intriguing plans for the future.
Embraer has appointed Jet Aviation Basel as a fully authorized service center for the Legacy 600 and 650, allowing it to provide line and base maintenance for the super midsized business jets.
“We can now provide any kind of maintenance, exterior painting and IFE upgrades, as well as warranty and AOG support, to the growing Embraer customer base in EMEA,” said Johannes Turzer, v-p and general manager of the maintenance center at Jet Aviation Basel.
Piaggio Aero announced a reduced maintenance program for Avanti I/IIs here at EBACE, extending the heavy inspection intervals for the twin turboprop. Under the new inspection schedule, C and D checks–previously due at 1,500 and 3,000 hours, respectively–have been stretched to 1,800 and 3,600 hours.
Signature Flight Support (Booth 364) is again handling all helicopter traffic in and out of Gatwick Airport after the helicopter aiming point (HAP) re-opened earlier this month. The development means that business and commercial aviation operators will again be able to land at Gatwick without a formal runway landing slot (they will need only an HAP slot, so ATC has prior notification) and without having to taxi on the runway.
Marshall of Cambridge has evolved over more than a century to become one of the UK’s leading engineering companies, and its Aerospace and Defence Group is a major player with a worldwide reputation for excellence. Within the group is the Aviation Services division (Booth 1019), which effectively parents the commercial operations, including MRO and aircraft charter.
FlightSafety International has already received approval from EASA for 49 of its practical maintenance training courses, which from August 1 are required to comply with European Community Regulation EC 1149/2011. The training provider has submitted changes to the remainder of its courses to EASA and expects these will also be approved under 1149/2011 well before the deadline.