PAMA Mx News Watch
May. 15, 2014

European business aviation flying continues climb
AIN Online
According to data released recently by business aviation research and consulting firm WingX Advance, there were 52,931 business aviation flights in Europe in March, a 22 percent month-over-month increase and a 2.1 percent year-over-year rise. After three consecutive monthly increases, business aviation flight activity in Europe was up by 1.6 percent from the same period last year.More

Boeing awards $19 million avionics production contract for super hornet
Product Design & Development
Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has received a two-year, $19 million full-rate production contract to provide key avionics components that will enhance flight crews' targeting capabilities on the U.S. Navy's F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet fighter aircraft.More

Alaskan company handling $17 million in Navy aircraft maintenance
Jacksonville Business Journal
An Alaskan company has had $17.3 million added to its contract to provide depot-level maintenance, mainly in Jacksonville, Florida. Tyonk Services Corp of Alaska received the initial contract last year for the job, which involves working on aircraft and aircraft engines.More

easyJet to use drones for aircraft checks
The Telegraph
A drone with six propellers buzzes around the inside of a giant aircraft hangar examining a plane, which has been struck by lightning. Elsewhere, engineers wearing 3-D glasses carry out a thorough inspection of a jet which could be parked at a remote airport hundreds of miles away.More

ARSA soliciting input from global aviation maintenance community
On March 17, the Federal Aviation Administration issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to collect information to draft regulations regarding controlled substance and alcohol testing of part 145 repair station employees located outside the United States. To help in the preparation of comments as well as to gather information about current industry practices, ARSA is soliciting input via a survey of potentially affected repair stations.More

Autonomous Avionics opens manufacturing facility in Denver for small unmanned aerial vehicles
Autonomous Avionics recently announced it has opened a small unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, manufacturing facility in Denver to build custom sUAVs specifically designed to meet individual customers' needs. The company's new facility combines manufacturing, office space and showroom to augment its online business.More

Wichita, Kansas, plane makers say they see recovering market for light, midsize jets
The Wichita Eagle
The market for light and medium-size business jets has been slow to recover, but there's some light at the end of the tunnel, Bombardier's head of business aircraft said recently. There are signs that the market is getting stronger, said Eric Martel, president of Bombardier's business aircraft division.More

Supersonic business jet reveals windowless cabin
Flying Magazine
Spike Aerospace has revealed a futuristic interior for its S-512 supersonic business jet, currently in the development phase. The high-tech cabin has been designed with no windows. Instead, the cabin walls are embedded with massive computer screens, allowing the occupants to choose the view.More