Moscow FBO Avia Group opened a helipad at the Russian capital’s Sheremetievo International Airport today. The company, which operates Terminal A as a business aviation center, is responding to rising demand for helicopter transfers in and out of the airport, especially in view of the heavy road traffic in surrounding areas.
With the exception of the heavy jet category, charter flight demand seems to be tailing off at the end of the Northern Hemisphere summer vacation season. The latest forward-looking demand index from online charter portal Avinode shows demand dipping for light and midsize jets over the next 30 days.
In the UK AAIB’s second update on the investigation into the August 23 Eurocopter AS332L2 Super Puma fatal accident, it appears the helicopter was “intact,” with “both engines delivering power,” when it struck the sea. The attitude was near level pitch with a slight right bank.
GE Aviation has reached agreements with IHI of Japan and Techspace Aero (Safran) to become joint-venture partners on GE’s new Passport engine, which will power the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000. Under the agreements, IHI and Techspace Aero will be responsible for more than 37 percent of the Passport engine–IHI for the low-pressure turbine module, aerodrive systems, fan hub frame and aft fan case; and Techspace Aero for the booster module, lubricant tank and pump and the heat exchangers. Engine certification is expected in 2015.
Online flight-planning service FltPlan.com has launched a completely redesigned website. The new site, which the company said is simplified and easier to navigate, features all the same previous tools, such as weather/notams, airports and FBOs, area fuel prices, nearby airports, quick trip information, digital charts, and aircraft tracking. This is the first major redesign of FltPlan.com since it started 14 years ago. Pilots create more than five million flight plans annually using FltPlan’s website and apps.
Increasing customer demand is the motivation for a new agreement under which Tulpar Interior Group of Kazan will provide scheduled interior refurbishments from Jet Aviation’s maintenance facility at Moscow Vnukovo Airport. Tulpar is said to be the only company in Russia that provides a full range of aircraft interior services for commercial and VIP aircraft.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released a training video highlighting some near catastrophes that occurred after experienced pilots incorrectly entered takeoff data in the flight management computer aboard large airline aircraft, including a Boeing 747 and 767 and an Airbus A340.
New work rules governing occupational safety and health conditions for cabin crew will become effective September 26. The new rules will apply to anyone working aboard any aircraft that legally requires a cabin crewmember, whether operating under Part 121, 135 or 91 rules.
Construction begins today on Runway 6/24 at Trenton Mercer Airport (KTTN), New Jersey, that will significantly restrict its use. The work, to install engineered material arresting systems (Emas) on both ends of the runway, will continue until November 8. Some approach and runway lighting and instrument approach systems will be unavailable and the runway will be closed to aircraft with approach speeds greater than 121 knots. The runway’s usable length will also be shortened by more than 750 feet. Construction work will be under way for approximately 20 hours each day.
Temporary landing restrictions on foreign airlines at San Francisco International Airport (KSFO) in California have been withdrawn. Non-U.S. aircraft were banned in July from landing while another aircraft was using a parallel runway. Instituted shortly after the crash of Asiana Flight 214, a Boeing 777, on July 6, the ban was lifted with the recent return to service of the ILS for Runway 28L.