India’s attorney general, Goolamhussein Essaji Vahanvati, ruled last week that AgustaWestland breached contractual obligations and an associated “integrity pact” in winning a $787 million contract to supply 12 AW101 VIP helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF) in 2010, raising the possibility the government will cancel the deal.
The U.S. Congress passed legislation to end the 16-day government shutdown late last night, but getting agencies such as the FAA fully back up to speed is likely to take several days or possibly even weeks. “While the agreement reached does reopen the government, it may be some time before services at the FAA and other agencies are fully restored to pre-shutdown effectiveness,” NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen said.
ExecuJet Aviation has begun aircraft handling operations at a temporary general aviation terminal at Indonesia’s Bali International Airport. The facility is ExecuJet’s first to open following the last year’s signing of an MoU with state-owned Indonesian airport manager Angkasa Pura I for the design, construction and management of general aviation terminals at up to 13 airports in the Asian country.
Premier Aviation Overhaul Center and Cape Air announced the signing of a three-year agreement for the painting of Cape Air’s fleet of Cessna 402C passenger aircraft. The work will be performed in Premier’s paint facility in Rome, N.Y.
“This agreement solidifies our relationship with Cape Air and emphasizes the importance of value-added services such as aircraft painting as part of an overall airframe maintenance offering,” said Premier president and CEO Ronnie DiBartolo.
Cape Air’s fleet consists of 75 Cessna 402Cs, two ATR 42s and three Britten-Norman Islanders.
Jets has announced the promotion of Phil Grey to continuing airworthiness, planning and technical services manager for its Bournemouth and London Biggin Hill facilities. Since 2008 Grey has held the position of continuing airworthiness manager at Bournemouth. In that capacity he was responsible for EASA Part M and Subparts G and I requirements for the company’s growing range of MRO capabilities.
AgustaWestland continues to be on pace to certify its new AW189 medium-twin helicopter late this year, with the first non-test production model making its first flight on Thursday. The helicopter is slated for December delivery to oil-and-gas service operator Bristow Group. Two other AW189s are on the production line in Italy.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) welcomed the entry into force of the Brazil-European Union (EU) aviation safety agreement. While it was enacted on August 27 following an exchange of diplomatic notes between Brazil and the European Union, the two parties held their first certification meeting under terms of the agreement just this past Thursday.
Jeppesen has begun development of FliteDeck Pro (for commercial operators) for Microsoft’s Windows 8/Surface tablet. Delta Air Lines is the launch customer and plans to equip its 11,000 pilots with Microsoft Surface 2 tablet computers as electronic flight bags, with Boeing 757 and 767 pilots scheduled to receive their units later this year and the rest next year. The Surface 2 tablets will run Jeppesen’s FliteDeck Pro and will be used for document viewing and checklists, replacing 38 pounds of paper per airplane and saving Delta $13 million a year in fuel and associated costs.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has concluded that the improper installation of a fuselage crown skin panel during the manufacturing process was the probable cause of substantial damage to a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 during a rapid decompression incident in April 2011.
Pilot unions have condemned as unsafe new flight and duty time rules approved by the European Parliament on October 9. The decision overturned an earlier 21 to 13 vote against the new rules by the Parliament’s own transport committee on September 30.