Has Signed Firm Orders For 145 Aircraft, Plus 72 Options, Since
The Beginning Of The Year
Officials for European regional turboprop maker ATR say 2011 has
been a record year for sales, with 145 firm aircraft orders and an
additional 72 options since the beginning of the year. The value of
these orders is estimated at 3.2 billion dollars (4.8 billion
including the options). The previous record was in pre-recession
2007, with 113 firm orders and 26 options.
Utility Company Did Not Report Two Rotor Strikes By Work
San Diego Gas & Electric is spending $2 billion to build an
electrical transmission line between San Diego and Imperial
Counties in California and the state of Arizona. It's called the
Sunrise Powerlink, and the project involves lots of work for
helicopter crews. But a few days after a newspaper revealed two
helicopter incidents which were not reported to the California
Public Utilities Commission, the agency has halted the project
until pilots receive safety reviews.
Luxembourg Airline Orders Four NextGen Turboprop Airliners
A firm order for four Q400 NextGen high-speed turboprop
airliners, which was announced on August 16, 2011, was placed by
Luxair, the national airline of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg,
Bombardier confirmed Thursday. The transaction also included
options on an additional four Q400 NextGen aircraft. As previously
announced, based on the Q400 NextGen aircraft list price, the firm
order contract is valued at approximately $126 million.
First A330-200 Freighter customer in Latin America
Avianca, part of the airline group AviancaTaca Holdings, has
signed a firm order for four Airbus A330-200 Freighter aircraft.
The new aircraft will be operated by Avianca's cargo subsidiary
Tampa. Avianca will announce its engine choice at a later date. The
new airplanes will replace Tampa's current cargo fleet and play a
key role in expanding Avianca's international cargo business.
PCSO Re-Defining Helicopter Mission With New Aircraft
The Pima County Sheriff's Department (PCSD) in Tucson, Arizona
has recently placed an order for its first helicopter from American
Eurocopter – an AS350 B3e (AStar). After a tragic accident
earlier this year, Lt. Bob Kimmins and Capt. Don Kester were tasked
with redefining the Department's helicopter mission and identifying
the appropriate aircraft for that mission.
Visits Phoenix October 7th, Dallas-McKinney October 14th For
The HondaJet will be making a couple of stops as it wends it way
to and from Las Vegas for the NBAA Annual Meeting & Conference.
On the way to the show, the airplane will be on display Friday,
October 7th and Dallas, TX, then following the convention it will
be in McKinney, TX, on Friday, October 14th. The local visits are
being scheduled to take place on the first trip of the HondaJet
proof-of-concept aircraft West of the Mississippi River.
Raytheon reports the FAA has certified that the company's
advanced electronics system has met a milestone for the Long Range
Radar Service Life Extension Program regarding the upgrade of aging
radar electronics. The new radar transmitters have greater range
and will provide improved detection and clutter management
Alliance Grows To 15 Members, Adds Taipei To Asian Hub
Global airline alliance Skyteam added China Airlines as its 15th
member at a joining ceremony held in Taipei Tuesday. The flag
passenger and cargo carrier of Taiwan, China Airlines becomes the
first Taiwanese airline to join SkyTeam.From its hub in Taipei,
China Airlines operates a diverse passenger and cargo network
throughout the wider Asia pacific region, North America and
Changes Expected To Improve Competitive Position And Long-Term
Following its recent acquisition of Goodrich, United
Technologies has announced a new organizational structure that
groups some of the company's businesses into new aerospace and
commercial organizations. Company management says this new
structure will allow United Technologies to better serve customers
through greater integration across product lines and to drive
growth by taking full advantage of technology investments and the
company's global footprint.
This may be a first. With WiFi becoming more prevalent on
airliners, it's not surprising that someone has used Skype in
flight, but using the lav as an impromptu TV studio ... that may be
another thing entirely.
Biplane Fever Comes In Many Forms... But Stearman
Fever May Be The Best Of Them All!
There is something about a biplane... especially when that biplane
happens to be a Stearman... one of the most iconic bi-wingers to
take flight since this whole shebang got going on Kill Devil Hill.
ANN happened upon an old friend, Steve McDonald, at a recent
aero-social gathering at the St. Augustine Airport (KSGJ) and
coerced him (OK... no actual coercion was involved... to get
Remarks In Testimony To The International Trade Commission
NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen told the U.S. International
Trade Commission (ITC) that the U.S. civil aviation industry
remains one of the strongest positive contributors to the nation's
balance of trade, despite the daunting economic challenges that
have confronted the industry in recent years.
In remarks Thursday at the European Airport Coordinators
Association’s (EUACA) Seminar held in Amsterdam, the European
Business Aviation Association (EBAA) applauded the European
Commission’s initiative to revise the Regulation on airport
slots, but cautioned against over-simplicity in the choice of
indicators for the purpose of the revision.
Carriers Say Anti-Terrorism Costs Are Taxpayers'
The airline industry, which two years ago was an active
proponent of user fees for general aviation, now finds itself on
the defensive against an Obama administration proposal to jack up
its own user fees by 50 percent to cover bloated airport security
costs. The proposal may bring a more serious look at the
cost/benefit of what is commonly called "security theater."
Industry Day Event Held In Huntsville, AL, Thursday
NASA leaders met Thursday to discuss acquisition plans for the
agency’s new SLS heavy-lift rocket with hundreds of
representatives of aerospace industry companies, small businesses
and independent entrepreneurs. The Industry Day event, hosted by
NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, provided
industry representatives with an overview of the SLS Program and
defined its near-term business requirements
Experimental Module Could Lead To A Chinese Space Station
China launched its Tiangong-1 module from the Jiuquan launch
center in the Gobi Desert Thursday, the first step in what the
government there hopes will be a Chinese space station 2020. The
module, whose name translates to "Heavenly Palace," is part of a
program developed to refine spacecraft docking technology.
Remarks Made During Speech At Air Force Air And Space
The Air National Guard is the affordable, operational, fully
accessible force the Air Force needs during uncertain economic
times, the director of the Air National Guard Lt. Gen. Harry Wyatt
said in a speech to the Air Force Association’s 2011 Air
& Space Conference and Technology and Exposition held in
Maryland. "The Air Guard provides to the United States Air Force 34
percent of the combat capability on seven percent of the budget,"
he said. "I like where the Air National Guard is positioned."
"The Air National Guard is positioned exactly where it
needs to be at this critical time to provide the most combat
capability for the least amount of money." Source: Air
Force Lt. General Harry Wyatt.
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