The higher capacity RG-224 Concorde battery has been certified
for installation in the Bell LongRanger. Concorde’s sealed
lead acid recombinant gas (RG), absorbed glass mat (AGM) RG-224 is
a 24Ah battery designed for improved performance and longer life in
August Conference Will Focus On Off-Airport Hazards
The Bird Strike Committee-USA has issued a all for papers,
presentations, and posters to support the theme for its August
conference: “Beyond the Fence: Operations and Off-airport
Hazards”. The 2012 meeting will be held August 13-16 in
AgustaWestland has announced that Gulf Helicopters of Qatar has
signed a preliminary sales contract for 15 AW189 helicopters for
use in offshore oil transport missions. The AW189 was developed to
serve what the company says is a growing need for a versatile,
affordable, multi-role helicopter in the eight-tonne class, and
adds it has quickly found success for long-range missions,
especially in the offshore oil and gas market.
The Columbia River Bar Pilots in Oregon has selected the
GrandNew light twin engine helicopter as its platform of choice.
AgustaWestland made the announcement Tuesday at Heli-Expo in
Dallas. The GrandNew will replace an existing AW109 Power
helicopter that has served as their transport since the early
AgustaWestland has announced a contract to sell 15 AW119Ke
helicopters to Life Flight Network for use in meeting future needs
for air medical transport. The contract was signed Sunday at
Heli-Expo in Dallas, TX. Aircraft deliveries will start in late
2012 and continue through to 2014 operating from bases in Oregon,
Washington and Idaho.
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, has
issued a NASA Research Announcement for the Space Launch System
(SLS) Advanced Booster risk-reduction effort. NASA is looking for
an advanced booster concept with the goal of reducing risk in the
areas of affordability, reliability and performance.
Bombardier Aerospace announced today that an airline, which has
requested to remain unidentified at the present time, has signed a
firm order for six CRJ1000 NextGen regional jets and has taken
options on another 18. Based on the list price of the CRJ1000
NextGen aircraft, the airline’s firm order is valued at
approximately $297 million US and could increase to approximately
$1.32 billion US should all 18 options be exercised.
Dallas, TX Facility Can Accommodate Blades For Aircraft As
Large As CH-53
One of the world's most powerful structures to dynamically
balance helicopter main rotor blades has been opened by Composite
Technology Inc. (CTI), a Sikorsky Aerospace Services company based
at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
Company Will Provide Control Computers For New Bell Helo
Bell Helicopter has selected BAE Systems to provide fly-by-wire
flight control computers for its 525 Relentless super medium class
helicopter. BAE says its systems flight control computers provide
the ability to operate in austere environments safely and reliably,
with decreased pilot workload.
A 1957 T-33 trainer came in for a belly landing at St. George,
Utah Friday, after the gear malfunctioned. The pilot, Kay Eckardt,
flew to burn off excess fuel, then executed the landing flawlessly.
He was not injured, and the plane is said to have sustained little
One Of The Most Inventive Companies In GA
Propulsion Updates ANN On Their Plans For The
It would be hard to make a list of some of the most inventive
and innovative companies in GA without putting Tornado Alley near
the top. The creator of a number of upgrades and the inventor of a
host of GA technologies, this company (we believe) is poised for
even greater things than it has accomplished already... despite
some pretty tough impediments in recent years (even beyond the
vagaries of an economy hitting the dumpster).
DOT Report Shows Lowest-Ever Rate Of Mishandled Baggage
Airlines for America (A4A) on Tuesday released a report showing
the best performance ever in 2011 for three key customer-service
metrics, including the best on-time arrival rate for any fourth
quarter in history. According to the DOT Air Travel Consumer Report
released Tuesday, airlines also posted the lowest-ever recorded
annual rates in mishandled baggage and bumped passengers.
Twelve Aircraft Now Ready For Final-Phase Manufacturing
Gulfstream's G650 continues to make significant progress in the
flight-test program on the path to type certification later this
year from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European
Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). As of January 25, the four aircraft
in the flight-test program had accumulated more than 2,675 flight
hours over 820 flights.
Airbus Estimates The Region Will Require Nearly 10,000 New
Aircraft Over 20 Years
Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region will take delivery of around
9,370 new aircraft over the next 20 years, according to the latest
market forecast by Airbus. Valued at $1.3 trillion, the deliveries
will account for 34 per cent of all new aircraft with more than 100
seats entering service worldwide over the forecast period, with the
region overtaking North America and Europe as the world's largest
air transport market.
A start-up airline based in Virginia has resurrected the
PEOPLExpress brand for its new regional carrier. Airliners painted
in PEOPLExpress livery last flew in 1987, when the airline declared
bankruptcy and was acquired by Continental Airlines.
Deal Struck With Government Of Japan For Defense Force Primary
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation signed a follow-on contract
Monday for 28 aircraft contract with Aero Facility Co. Ltd., of
Japan, at the HAI convention. This signing, which took
place at the Enstrom display, follows a contract awarding the
aircraft between the Japanese government and Enstrom’s
Monday Success Of Vega Completes Suite Of Capabilities
Monday morning saw the successful launch at 1000Z of the first
Vega by the European Space Agency (ESA), putting two scientific
satellites and seven picosatellites into orbit. Arianespace now
claims the largest range of commercial launch services.
Wipaire Joins the Twin Otter Series 400 Support
Viking Air of Victoria, BC, Canada has appointed Wipaire of
Saint Paul, Minnesota, as a Factory Endorsed Service Center
(“FESC”) to join the Twin Otter Series 400 and legacy
de Havilland support network. Wipaire was selected for their proven
track record providing quality products and service to the world
wide Twin Otter fleet.
“We will eliminate most fees for items such as
checked bags and seat assignments aboard our fleet of Boeing
737-400 aircraft. Passengers will be seated in a single cabin with
158 seats with a pricing structure that is significantly more
affordable than regional service provided by feeder
airlines.” Source: Mike Morisi, Chief Operating
Officer of the new PEOPLExpress airline.