A TBM 700 has apparently gone down in the median on an
Interstate highway in New Jersey, and as many as five people are
thought to have been on board. Witnesses report seeing the airplane
'spiraling out of control' before impacting the ground.
The launch of ESA's IXV Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle on
Europe's new Vega rocket is now in detailed planning, a major step
towards the craft's flight in 2014. After launch into a suborbital
trajectory from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, IXV will
return to Earth as if from a low-orbit mission, to test and qualify
new critical technologies for future reentry vehicles.
UAE National Carrier To Provide Five-Year Financing Facilities
Of Up To $255 Million
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab
Emirates, has agreed to increase its stake in airberlin,
Europe’s sixth largest airline, to 29.21 per cent, becoming
airberlin’s largest single shareholder. The strategic move,
announced Monday in Berlin by Etihad Airways Chief Executive
Officer James Hogan and airberlin CEO Hartmut Mehdorn, connects the
airlines’ extensive networks and frequent flyer programs to
offer travellers 239 destinations across 77 countries.
The Earth's shifting magnetic core has necessitated the
re-numbering of the runways at Jacksonville International Airport
in Florida. The main runway at KJAX is now designated 08-26,
while the secondary runway has been re-numbered 14-32.
Airline To Add More Than 100 New Flights In Largest New York
Expansion In Decades
Delta Air Lines late last week unveiled its schedule for its new
domestic hub at New York's LaGuardia airport (KLGA), expanding its
service to include more than 100 new flights and 29 new
destinations. The investment will be the largest single expansion
by any carrier at LaGuardia in decades.
Three More Business Aircraft RSO Locations Now Operational In
Singapore; São Paolo, Brazil; And Sydney, Australia
New business aircraft Regional Support Offices (RSOs) have been
opened in Singapore and São Paulo, Brazil by Bombardier. The
company has also expanded capabilities at its Sydney, Australia,
commercial aircraft RSO to include business aircraft. The new
offices are now operational and serving the growing number of
Bombardier business aircraft customers in the Asia-Pacific and
Latin America regions.
Boeing Business Jets has announced the delivery of a BBJ
to Nanshan Jet of Yantai, China, rounding out a strong year of
orders and deliveries to Chinese customers. Representatives of
Nanshan Jet took delivery of the airplane at the Boeing Delivery
Center in Seattle.
Available Lease Space Grows To over 102,000 Square Feet
A new 12,000 square-foot hangar has been opened at Houston
Executive Airport (KTME), bringing the airport’s hangar lease
space to over 102,000 square feet. “The expansion is a
tribute to the outstanding customer service and attention to detail
provided to our business and personal aircraft owners and
pilots,” said EA Executive Director Andrew D. Perry.
Now Ranks Number Five Among Key Business Aviation Airports In
London Oxford Airport continued to see its business aviation
traffic grow throughout 2011. The airport now supports around 6,000
business aircraft movements a year (15% of Oxford’s overall
aviation activity). As 2011 closes, growth is up 12.2% compared
with last year, according to independent analysis by
Nestled among the multi-million-dollar business jets and high-performance turboprops at the NBAA static display in Las Vegas in October was something a little unusual... a motorglider. Alexander Papenberg, CEO of Stemme USA, was showing off the Stemme S10-VT at NBAA for a simple reason. "Lots of corporate pilots fly from A to B IFR during the workday, and on weekends they want to fly a real airplane. They come here, they look at it, and fall in love."
Nestled among the multi-million-dollar business jets and
high-performance turboprops at the NBAA static display in Las Vegas
in October was something a little unusual... a
motorglider. Alexander Papenberg, CEO of Stemme USA, was
showing off the Stemme S10-VT at NBAA for a simple reason. "Lots of
corporate pilots fly from A to B IFR during the workday, and on
weekends they want to fly a real airplane. They come here, they
look at it, and fall in love." And, Papenberg says, "it goes like
hell. 140 knots at 10,000 feet on five gallons of gas ... and you
can use mogas," he said. But the real beauty of the airplane is
when you shut of
Deal Includes A Three Percent Annual Pay Raise Through
Qantas and the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers
Association (ALAEA) have reached a proposed agreement on terms and
conditions covering around 1,600 licensed aircraft maintenance
engineers. The proposal is intended to form part of a workplace
determination that the parties will ask Fair Work Australia to make
and would remain in force until December 31, 2014.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
has upheld new labor rules that make it easier for unions to form
at airlines ... an issue which has been largely credited with
stalling a long-term funding bill for the FAA.
Will Serve Time In Washington State, Where His Crime Spree
Colton Harris-Moore, who became known as "The Barefoot Bandit,"
has been sentenced to over seven years in prison for his two-year
crime spree which ended after he ditched a stolen Cessna Corvalis
in the ocean off the coast of Abaco in the Bahamas.
Attorneys Argued That Skymaster Was Improperly Maintained,
Leading To The Crash
One of the largest verdicts resulting from an airplane accident
was handed down on December 14 by a Philadelphia jury. Dr. Robert
Marisco Jr. and his fiancee Heather Moran, both of Akron, Ohio,
were awarded $11.35 million in compensatory damages in an action
against Winner Aviation Corporation, a repair facility based at
Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Ohio.
U.S. Cites Possible Pilot Error ... Iran Claims It Took Control
Of The Aircraft
Reports differ as to how an RQ-170 Sentinal UAV fell into the
hands of Iran. U.S. officials say the drone may have been lost due
to a combination of pilot error and mechanical problems, but Iran
says it used a GPS hack to convince the aircraft to land.
Milestone Airplane Goes To Middle East Low-Cost Carrier
The 7,000th Boeing 737 to come off the assembly line was
delivered last week to Dubai-based flydubai. The airplane is
flydubai's 14th Next-Generation 737-800 with the new Boeing Sky
Interior. The Boeing 737 is the best-selling commercial jetliner of
all time with total orders exceeding 9,300 airplanes, including
orders for the new 737 MAX.
Thales Instrumentation Offers 'Click And Fly'
The Thales TopDeck avionics suite to be installed in Sikorsky's
new S-76D helicopter will offer new "click to fly" ability based on
a concept that has never been installed on a helicopter before: the
Icube-S concept of Intuitivity, Interactivity, Integration and