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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Aircraft News North America) Nov 27, 2011

Bell Helicopter First international order for V-22 Osprey at Dubai is likely, exec says. The Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey debuted at the Dubai Airshow over the weekend. The tilt-rotor aircraft is likely to receive its first international order from the event, an executive said. "The first international customer will come from the Middle East," said Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison. Nov 14, 2011

Boeing, Hawai'i BioEnergy Boeing partners with Hawai'i BioEnergy for biofuel research. Boeing and Hawai'i BioEnergy are collaborating on new sources of renewable jet fuel, the companies said. Under terms of a collaboration agreement, the two companies will identify various crops, including sorghum and eucalyptus, as potential sources that can be grown locally and converted to jet fuel. The partnership will also assess new supporting technologies for aviation biofuel production. "As an Asia Pacific gateway and leading tourism destination, Hawaii can play a meaningful role in helping aviation reduce carbon emissions, while increasing regional energy resources," said Billy Glover of Boeing. Nov 14, 2011

Delta Air Lines Legroom, food make Delta Economy Comfort a good choice. The Economy Comfort class that Delta Air Lines is rolling out on its domestic flights is worth the extra cash, this review declares. Four inches of extra legroom and tastier menu choices are two of the noticeable upgrades. "Economy Comfort was pretty much perfect," this blogger writes. Nov 18, 2011

General Dynamics Gulfstream G650 Receives Provisional Type Certificate. Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced today that the Gulfstream G650 has received its provisional type certificate (PTC) from the Federal Aviation Administration. This clears the way for the company to begin interior completions of the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range business jet in preparation for customer deliveries in the second quarter of 2012, as originally planned. "We are pursuing a two-step certification approach to keep us on track for our planned deliveries in the second quarter of 2012," said Larry Flynn , president, Gulfstream. "With the PTC in hand, our plan is to move production aircraft into final phase manufacturing to ensure customer deliveries in the second quarter of 2012." PTCs have been common in general aviation programs over the past 15 years. Both the Gulfstream V and the Gulfstream G550 were issued PTCs before receiving full certification. The four G650 aircraft in the flight-test program have flown more than 2,225 hours during more than 675 flights. One of those aircraft has a fully outfitted interior, allowing the company to confirm weight projections and test new features, including its Cabin Essential* design for redundant cabin systems. Seven production aircraft have flown in preparation for their induction into final phase manufacturing. More than 20 aircraft are in various stages of initial or final phase production. Among its achievements, the G650 has flown for more than 14 consecutive hours, with flight test data confirming its ability to achieve 7,000 nm (12,964 km) at Mach 0.85. The aircraft has also demonstrated 5,000 nm (9,260 km) at Mach 0.90. With a top speed of Mach 0.925, the G650 is the world's fastest civilian jet. "The G650 will exceed the capabilities of anything on the market, flying faster and farther, with industry-leading fuel efficiency and reduced emissions," Flynn said. Nov 18, 2011

Goodyear Goodyear Blimp Gondola Goes to Smithsonian. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is making another significant gift to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Tuesday - the second in two years - with the donation of the Goodyear blimp gondola, or car C-49. The C-49 car goes to the Smithsonian on the heels of last year's donation of a lifeboat used on the 1911 airship, Vaniman's Akron , which utilized Goodyear's first airship envelope. "The C-49 is a welcome addition to our collection as it fairly represents the scope of military and commercial roles played by the Goodyear blimps," said Tom Crouch , the Museum's senior curator of aeronautics. It will have a place of honor, joining the control car of the first Goodyear blimp, Pilgrim, in the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia . "The C-49 has a rich history within the Goodyear blimp fleet and with the U.S. Navy and we are very proud it has been accepted by America's most prestigious repository for aeronautical history, The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum," said Nancy Jandrokovic , Goodyear's director, global airship operations. OSince its founding in 1898, Goodyear has been focused on providing superior performance; and doing so while protecting our troops on duty is especially notable and dear to us," she added. The C-49 was first put into service as the Goodyear blimp Enterprise on August 23, 1934 . For the next eight years it flew the Goodyear brand and company guests over scores of large and small towns such as Detroit ; Washington, D.C. ; Chicago ; Louisville, Kentucky ; and Allentown, Pennsylvania . In 1942, like some active Goodyear blimps, the C-49 was sold to the U.S. Navy and designated L-5 where it served until 1946. Goodyear made and supplied hundreds of airships to the U.S. Navy during World War II. The Navy used airships for submarine patrol during naval convoy deployments, coastal and inland patrol and trainers. When used on convoy escort duty, the Navy never recorded losing a ship. Following the war, Goodyear repurchased C-49 and stored it as a spare in the company's airship hangar at Wingfoot Lake in Suffield, Ohio . The car was rebuilt in 1969 and put back into service as the Columbia N4A in 1975. From 1975 to 1986 Columbia N4A was a shining jewel for the Goodyear blimp fleet. It flew tens of thousands of Goodyear customers and thousands of hours of night sign messaging. As are all the Goodyear blimps, it was a celebrity on television, working with all three of the major networks ABC, CBS and NBC. "If only it could talk to us," Jandrokovic said. "This blimp car flew over major sporting events such as the 1977, 1980, 1983 and 1985 Super Bowls; the 1981 and 1984 World Series; Rose Bowl games and parades as well as the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California ." The Columbia N4A C-49 car was permanently retired in 1986 and once again stored at the Goodyear blimp base in Suffield, Ohio . It makes its final journey to the Smithsonian on Tuesday. Goodyear owns and operates three airships in the United States and frequently leases airships in other countries around the world. Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs approximately 72,000 people and manufactures its products in 54 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. Nov 14, 2011

Honor Flight Honor Flight from Minnesota visits WWII memorial. Air Force veteran Bob Bergstrom participated in an Honor Flight from Minnesota to visit Washington, D.C. Honor Flight is a nonprofit organization that flies veterans to the nation's capital to visit the World War II memorial. "It was so magnificent," Bergstrom said. "That WWII Memorial -- you can't imagine how they put that together. It's hard to keep from crying when you look at it." Nov 15, 2011

N3 Pup Column: Flying home-built aircraft challenges pilot. Columnist Jimmy Reed shared his experience flying a home-built aircraft known as the N3 Pup shortly after receiving his private-pilot license. "I began a slow spiraling descent," writes Reed. "Not knowing how much rollout the little plane required, I chose to land as closely as possible to the end of the runway." Nov 17, 2011

Portage Collegiate Institute Canadian air cadet receives award as top student pilot. Canadian pilot Patrick Gray received an award for his achievements with the air cadets. "Before I was aware that I was the top student pilot in Steinbach, and I just found out [recently] that I was actually the top student pilot in Manitoba," said Gray, 17, who is studying at Portage Collegiate Institute. Nov 16, 2011

Republic Airways Republic Signs OnPoint Fuel & Carbon Solutions Agreement. Republic Airways Holdings Inc. has signed an OnPointSMFuel & Carbon Solutions agreement with GE Aviation. Under this agreement, GEOs Fuel & Carbon Solutions team will use proprietary decision software and fuel consulting expertise and work with Republic Airways to identify and track operational improvements that could reduce the airlineOs fuel spend by an average of three percent. "We are extremely proud to enter into this market leading agreement with GE Fuel and Carbon Solution,O said Brian Bedford, chief executive officer, Republic Airways Holdings. OThis strategic relationship will enable us to meet or exceed our short-term goal to cut our fuel consumption and carbon emission by 2 to 3 percent per year. This partnership, together with our recent order of 80 firm and 40 price-protected options of the fuel efficient Airbus A319/A320 neo aircraft powered by the LEAP engines, will enable us to reach our long-term goal to cut 20 percent of our fuel burn and carbon emissions." ORepublic Airways is focused on improving the operations of its airlines, and GEOs Fuel & Carbon Solutions provides customers with the data and expertise that can help them further reduce their fuel usage and emissions,O said John Gough, leader of GE Aviation's OnPoint Fuel and Carbon Solutions of GE Aviation Services. With volatility in fuel prices over the last two years, airlines are looking for ways to manage this major portion of their cost base more effectively. GEOs Fuel & Carbon Solutions will work with the operations of Republic Airways Holdings to develop effective fuel management solutions. Nov 16, 2011

RLC and FlightSafety International RLC Inks Multi-Year Agreement With FlightSafety International. RLC, the largest privately-held helicopter operator in the Gulf of Mexico, today announced it has signed a four-year contract with FlightSafety International, the worldOs leading aviation training company and provider of flight simulators and advanced flight training devices used by the aviation industry, governments and military agencies worldwide. This agreement extends a relationship between RLC and FlightSafety International that has been in place since 2010. Under the terms of the agreement, RLCOs team of more than 100 FAA-licensed pilots will use advanced flight training devices (FTDs) located at FlightSafetyOs Lafayette, Louisiana Learning Center as part of the companyOs comprehensive helicopter training program. All RLC pilots receive continuous, in-house, FAA-approved training to ensure stringent performance standards. New pilots go through recurrent training after six months [ETH] then annually thereafter. OWe are committed to having the most qualified, best-trained pilots in the Gulf,O said Dru Milke, CEO of RLC. OFlightSafetyOs world-class flight simulators offer our pilots the opportunity to actively train under a variety of simulated real-world conditions, honing their skills and equipping them to ensure the comfort and safety of our customers and staff in a wide variety of flight situations.O OFlightSafetyOs simulators are an integral part of industry-leading flight training programs worldwide,O said Ampy Calatayud, Manager of FlightSafetyOs Learning Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. OFlightSafety is proud to serve RLC and to provide its pilots with access to advanced technology flight simulators and training devices that will further enhance the companyOs robust pilot training program.O RLCOs training team is housed in the companyOs newly constructed, state-of-the-art training facility and is led by a full-time director of training and supported by a staff of instructor pilots. In addition to rigorous flight training, all RLC pilots are trained in customer service and are expected to build and maintain strong relationships with RLC customers.

Nov 16, 2011

The WomanOs Hospital of Texas and REACH Air Medical Services The WomanOs Hospital of Texas and REACH Air Medical Services Partner to Provide Emergency Air Transport to Houston Region. The WomanOs Hospital of Texas (WomanOs) and REACH Air Medical Services, LLC (REACH) announce a collaboration to provide life-saving 24/7 emergency medical helicopter service to Houston and outlying areas. The service will provide air transport exclusively for high-risk maternal and neonatal patients to WomanOs for specialized care. WomanOs and REACH are combining resources to provide a high level of quality care for mothers and babies needing specialized treatment. The collaboration provides unique staffing using highly-trained nurses and paramedics from each organization, configured specifically for high-risk maternal and neonatal transport service. OWomanOs is truly proud to establish a partnership with a quality company like REACH,O said Linda Russell, CEO of The WomanOs Hospital of Texas. OOur respective missions, values and emphasis on specialized care for the smallest of patients and high-risk mothers will allow us to provide a faster, more efficient means of emergency medical transport service.O REACH will provide paramedics, pilots, aviation maintenance technicians and a state-of-the-art EC-135 helicopter equipped to carry an incubator or isolette enabling care of neonates en route. WomanOs will provide neonatal and maternal nurses to complete the emergency flight teams. The program, called AIR CARE, a service of The WomanOs Hospital of Texas, operated by REACH Air Medical Services, will locate the aircraft and 24/7 crew quarters at the main WomanOs campus in Houston. OFor nearly 25 years, REACH has enjoyed tremendous success in providing safe and efficient emergency patient transport, and we are pleased to join with WomanOs as our partner. We are impressed by, and honored to work with, The WomanOs Hospital of Texas,O responded REACH CEO, Jim Adams. The EC-135 helicopter, capable of cruising at a speed of 160 miles per hour, will operate under instrument flight rules (IFR), allowing flights in a variety of weather conditions. All REACH aircraft are equipped with night vision goggles (NVGs) to enhance safety of nighttime operations, as well as helicopter-specific terrain awareness equipment. Nov 16, 2011

United Airlines United Launches Economy Plus on First Continental Aircraft. United Continental Holdings, Inc. today announced that the first Continental Airlines aircraft with Economy Plus will enter service Nov. 19 , offering Continental customers four inches of extra legroom in the forward rows of the Economy cabin. The aircraft, a Boeing 767-400, will also feature new flat-bed seats in BusinessFirst and new touchscreen seat-back monitors in Economy. In addition, the aircraft will be the first in the Continental fleet to feature the popular Channel 9 air traffic control communications. Customers in both cabins also will have advanced audio/video on demand and in-seat power outlets. "The merger of United and Continental is a unique opportunity to build an airline with leading products and services that customers value and are willing to pay for,'' said Jim Compton , executive vice president and chief revenue officer of United Continental Holdings. "United's customers who sit in Economy Plus consistently tell us they are more satisfied with their travel experiences, and we are excited to expand this option to more customers of the new United.'' United introduced Economy Plus in 1999. Today, the airline offers the extra-legroom seating on all mainline aircraft and more than 150 larger United Express regional jets. When the company fully deploys Economy Plus on Continental and Q400 regional aircraft, the new United's fleet will include more than 40,000 Economy Plus seats, providing customers more than 122,000 extra-legroom economy class seats each day, more than any airline in the world. Customers with elite status in United's MileagePlus and Continental's OnePass frequent-flyer programs may confirm complimentary seat assignments in Economy Plus, when available. Customers may also purchase Economy Plus seating on United and United Express aircraft, through a reservations agent or during the check-in process online or at the airport. Customers booked on Continental flights that include Economy Plus may purchase available Economy Plus seating during check-in. In 2012, after the airline retrofits a larger number of Continental aircraft, customers will also be able to purchase Continental's Economy Plus seating online and through a reservations agent. The expansion of Economy Plus to Continental aircraft comes as the company continues with plans to invest more than USD550 million to upgrade aircraft interiors, including new flat-bed seats in premium cabins, larger overhead bins and improved in-flight entertainment options. The new flat-bed seats are available today on more than 125 aircraft. In addition, more than 160 aircraft feature DIRECTV. Nov 17, 2011

United Airlines United Inaugurates Houston-Lagos Flights. United Continental Holdings, Inc. today inaugurates the first daily scheduled passenger service between Texas and Africa with new nonstop flights between Houston and Lagos, Nigeria . The service, operated by Continental Airlines, links the two energy capitals on a route which no other airline currently serves. Flight 142 departs Houston 's Bush Intercontinental Airport at 7:05 p.m. and arrives at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos at 1:40 p.m. the following day. On the return, flight 143 departs Lagos at 11:05 p.m. , and arrives in Houston at 5:25 a.m. the following day. Flying times are approximately 11 hours, 35 minutes eastbound and 13 hours, 20 minutes westbound. The flights will operate using Boeing 777 aircraft with a total of 276 seats -- 50 in BusinessFirst and 226 in Economy. The 777 aircraft feature new, flat-bed seats in the BusinessFirst cabin. The seat, reclining 180 degrees and providing 6 feet 6 inches of sleeping space in the fully extended position, is one of the widest business-class seats in the air, measuring up to 27 inches when the adjustable armrest is positioned flush with the seat cushion. In addition to the flat-bed seat, BusinessFirst amenities include a state-of-the-art personal inflight entertainment system, gourmet menu selections, with Nigerian cuisine options on westbound flights, and an award-winning wine and champagne selection. Economy class on the 777 is also comfortable and spacious, in a 3-3-3 seating configuration with wider-than-usual aisles. All seats on the Boeing 777 feature an Audio/Video On Demand (AVOD) inflight entertainment system, which enables customers to choose from 250 movies, 300 TV shows and 3,000 audio tracks with a jukebox feature to make individual playlists. In addition, this entertainment system has 25 video games and the interactive Berlitz Word Traveler foreign language program. All seat rows are equipped with in-seat power outlets, which do not require an adapter. Nov 16, 2011

United Airlines, Alaska Airlines Higher demand for aviation biofuels could lower costs, experts say. Demand for aviation biofuels in the U.S. could spur an increase in production, which would also lower costs, experts say. "The focus is on working with industry to figure out how best in 2012 to push the construction of biorefineries," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. United Airlines and Alaska Airlines this month flew flights powered by biofuel blends. Nov 15, 2011

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