The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) issued a validation type certificate for the Sikorsky S-76D, allowing the U.S. manufacturer to begin deliveries of the helicopter to Chinese customers. The approval, announced yesterday at ABACE 2014 in Shanghai, follows earlier CAAC validation of the S-76A and S-76C models. More than 30 Sikorsky S-76-series helicopters currently operate in China. Yunnan Jingcheng Group will be the first company in China to take delivery of an S-76D, scheduled for this month.
The China Business Aviation Group (CBA) and Utica, N.Y.-based JetNet agreed to develop a program to provide the latter company’s aviation database and information services to business aviation users throughout Greater China. JetNet’s database includes information on airframes, engines, avionics and cabin amenities, as well as details on aircraft owners, operators, lessors, lessees, share owners in fractional programs and transaction histories dating back more than 25 years.
Nextant Aerospace is announcing today at ABACE 2014 that it has selected AVIC International Aero-Development as its exclusive sales representative for the Greater China region (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau). This follows Nextant’s appointment of Nextant Pacific as its dealer in the Asia-Pacific region (not including Greater China).
Comlux has won a contract to conduct major maintenance and refurbishment work on a Boeing Business Jet “bizliner” based in Asia. The airliner-size business aircraft, operated on behalf of its private owner by Hong Kong-based management company Sino Jet, is due to arrive at the Comlux America completions center in Indianapolis during the second quarter of 2014 and will spend four months there.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has described the results of its 2013 annual safety report as “very positive for global aviation safety outcomes.” The report, released on April 10, showed the 2013 global accident rate to have declined to 2.8 per million departures last year versus 3.2 per million in 2012. The number of fatal accidents among scheduled air carriers, however, remained steady at nine last year. Fatalities plummeted 55 percent from 2012, to 173 from 388. Compared with a 2010 baseline, fatalities are down 74 percent.
One hundred International Civil Aviation Organization member states and nine international organizations agreed on April 7 to adopt new protocols to the 1963 Tokyo Convention related to offenses committed aboard aircraft. ICAO said the agreement was reached after four years of work focused on the increased frequency of incidents involving disruptive and unruly passengers on scheduled commercial flights.
The FAA announced on April 9 that the aviation safety rating of the Philippines has been upgraded to category one from category two after the agency completed an international safety assessment last month. The Philippines’ safety rating was set to category two in 2008 for unspecified safety deficiencies.
Kanata, Canada-based First Air said it fired two Boeing 737 pilots last week after an incident in which the crew allowed the aircraft to stray from its programmed flight plan on a March 31 trip between Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, and Iqaluit. Initial reports claim the pilots might not have followed the company’s standard operating procedures and mis-programmed the aircraft’s flight management system. The aircraft, carrying 19 passengers and four crewmembers, arrived safely at its destination, 20 minutes late.
German air navigation service provider DFS (Deutsche Flugsicherung), which has criticized air traffic management (ATM) performance targets sought by the European Commission, announced 2013 results showing improved management of Germany’s airspace, which has Europe’s highest traffic volume.
The Greater Chinese business jet fleet grew 21 percent last year, to 371 aircraft, according to the latest data compiled by Hong Kong-based aircraft sales, management, charter and consultancy firm Asian Sky Group. From 2007 to 2013, the fleet expanded at a compound annual growth rate of 34 percent, significantly more than the global rate of 5 percent.