Business & General Aviation News - Europe.
Aero Sekur A new airbag system designed to increase helicopter crew survival and minimise airframe damage in the event of forced landings is being previewed today by Italian developer Aero Sekur. The "shock attenuation system" is designed for civil and military applications and limits inertia loads on the fuselage and frame, paving the way, according to Aero Sekur, for a "new generation of lighter construction helicopters with improved performance and enhanced crashworthy capability". Jul 19, 2010
AgustaWestland AgustaWestland has officially launched the AW169, a new 4.5t class twin helicopter meant to challenge Eurocopter's Dauphin and EC145 lines. While the company has not yet put a price tag on the 10-passenger multi-role design, AgustaWestland chief executive Giuseppe Orsi during the unveiling ceremony here on Monday said the company expects "at least" 1,000 sales over the next 20 years. The company first discussed the helicopter at Farnborough in 2008, referring to the design as the XX9. Jul 20, 2010
Dassault Aircraft Dassault Falcon has received certification from both the European Aviation Safety Agency and the US Federal Aviation Administration for the newest member of the Falcon family of business jets, the 4,750nm (8,790km) Falcon 900LX. The large-cabin Falcon 900LX is based on the Falcon 900EX, with enhanced performance and economy. The Falcon 900LX burns 35-40 percent less fuel than other aircraft in its class because of advanced lightweight structures, an extremely efficient wing as well as Aviation Partners' blended winglets. At its maximum take-off weight, the Falcon 900LX climbs to 39,000ft (11,900m) ) in just 20min. Jul 19, 2010
Eurocopter Eurocopter UK says it will work with police forces to mitigate the effects of expected deep public spending cuts by offering them alternative ways to acquire helicopters. It comes as Eurocopter consolidated its market-leading position in the UK law enforcement market by handing over an EC135 at the show yesterday to assistant chief constable of the West Midlands Police, Sharon Rowe. The constabulary ordered the EC135 in September last year after its previous helicopter was destroyed by arson. The EADS subsidiary claims 75 percent of the UK police helicopter fleet and will have delivered seven EC135s and two examples of its EC145 big sister to police air support units between September last year and the end of 2010. Jul 20, 2010
Eurocopter, EADS Eurocopter was extant for eight years before its absorption into EADS, and the rotorcraft manufacturer has set an example not just as a pioneering exercise in European co-operation but with its tireless international expansion. The latter has yielded major dividends in the US market. Eurocopter's Grand Prairie, Texas-based subsidiary American Eurocopter puts its share of 2009's US civil helicopter market - by units - at 53 percent, more than twice that of nearest rival Bell (26 percent), with Sikorsky and AgustaWestland taking 7 percent each, MD Helicopters 6 percent and Enstrom 1 percent. Jul 20, 2010
Hawker Beechcraft Hawker Beechcraft plans to stregthen its sales force in the Europe, Middle East and Africa by two thirds over the next 18 months in an effort to stimulate demand for its business aircraft line throughout its largest market. The US aiframer - which has a Hawker 4000, Beechcraft King Air 350i and the C90GTx on display at the show - has also realigned its sales force in the region to focus on the individual Beechcraft and Hawker brands. "This move mirrors what we have already instigated in North America," says Hawker Beechcraft EMEA president Sean McGeough, adding that the market for each aircraft family has become segmented over the years. The Hawker customer is typically corporate or VIP with no special mission applications unlike customers of the Beechcraft products, he says. Jul 20, 2010
Piper Aircraft, Mecaer Aviation Piper Aircraft has selected Italy's Mecaer Aviation to supply the undercarriage system for its PiperJet. The six-seat aircraft is set for service entry in 2013. Mecaer is responsible for the design, engineering, certification, system integration and production of the complete "bolt-on" systems, comprising main and nose gears, electro-mechanical actuators, emergency release, wheels, brakes and tyres. The Borgomanero, northern Italy-based company already supplies landing gear systems for the Eclipse 500, and Diamond D-Jet business aircraft and the AgustaWestland AW109, AW169 and Bell 429 helicopters. Jul 20, 2010
PremiAir Aerospace executives looking for a quick and stress-free way of getting in and out of this year's Farnborough Airshow can take advantage of private helicopter charters from The London Heliport with UK helicopter charter operator PremiAir. PremiAir's return shuttle trips are operated by Eurocopter AS355 Twin Squirrel and Sikorsky S76 VIP helicopters, with executive seating for four and up to seven passengers respectively. The trip takes approximately 20min each way from The London Heliport at Battersea and day-return fares start from GBP1,050 per person in the Twin Squirrel, and GBP870 per person in the S76 (based on full occupancy). Jul 20, 2010
Thales, Boeing Thales has delivered the software for the first Project "Julius" cockpit upgrade for the UK's Boeing CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter fleet, keeping the first modified example on track to fly later this year. "We are finalising the qualification work now using a simulator, and will marry up the hardware and software in around one month," says Peter Hitchcock, vice-president avionics for Thales UK. Two of the Royal Air Force's aircraft are in modification at Fleetlands in Hampshire under the Boeing-led modification deal, signed in December 2008. Modifications include the integration of new multifunction cockpit displays, a digital moving map and a tablet-based electronic flight bag. "We have re-used as much as possible from the core [Thales] TopDeck system," Hitchcock says. Jul 21, 2010
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