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DORNIER SEASTAR ROLLS OUT
Monday, September 18, 2017
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Source: Dornier Seawings


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WESSLINGEN, Germany - Dornier Seawings rolled out its first new-production Seastar amphibian turboprop last month to an audience comprised of company shareholders, suppliers and employees. The event marked the successful completion of a critical milestone in the Seastar development project between Dornier Seawings GmbH and Dornier Seawings China.

The roll out event included a demonstration flight of the original Dornier Seastar prototype. Chinese shareholders from Wuxi pledged continued support to the program and Seastar ´s development.

The Seastar is equipped with two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-135A turboprop engines, providing a total of 1,300 horsepower (flat-rated). Its in-line push-pull engine configuration eliminates asymmetric thrust in the event of an engine failure. The 12-passenger aircraft is equipped with Honeywell Primus Epic avionics. Range is 900 nm.

Dornier Seawings GmbH´s CEO, Amy Pan highlighted the new Seastar's technical improvements which include "a newly developed full digital cockpit, new corrosion resistant landing gear with the addition of nose wheel steering, a new cabin layout equipped with an air conditioning system and finally new high efficient propellers."

Pan is confident that, "as the market in China opens up and develops further, the Seastar will be able to seize opportunities there and play a significant role in the general aviation industry on a global scale."

These words confirm the larger efforts taken by the partners of Wuxi Government, Dornier Seawings China and Dornier Seawings GmbH, which see the Seastar as a cornerstone of development.

The company's team in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany is working towards their next milestone deliverable, the first flight, which is scheduled for the first half of 2019. This will be followed by the Type Certificate in 2020.

Source:  Dornier Seawings
Associated URL: dornierseawings.com
Source Date: September 18, 2017
Posted: 09/19/2017

 
 
JULY 2017 FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS DOWN FROM PREVIOUS YEAR, EQUAL TO JUNE 2017
Thursday, September 14, 2017
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WASHINGTON -- The United States Department of Transportation (DoT) released its September 2017 Air Travel Consumer Report, on air carrier data compiled for the month of July 2017. In July, the reporting carriers canceled 1.1 percent of their scheduled domestic flights, an improvement over the 1.9 percent cancellation rate posted in July 2016 and equal to the 1.1 percent rate in June 2017.

The reporting carriers posted an on-time arrival rate of 76.9 percent in July 2017, up from both the 75.2 percent on-time rate in July 2016 and the 76.2 percent mark in June 2017.

In July 2017, airlines reported 16 tarmac delays of more than three hours on domestic flights, compared to six such tarmac delays reported in June 2017. In July, airlines also reported six tarmac delays of more than four hours on international flights, compared to two such tarmac delays reported in June 2017. All reported extended tarmac delays are investigated by the Department.

The consumer report also includes data on chronically delayed flights and the causes of flight delays filed with the Department’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by the reporting carriers. In addition, the consumer report contains a record of aviation service complaints filed with DoT’s Aviation Consumer Protection Division by consumers regarding a range of issues including flight problems, baggage, reservation and ticketing, refunds, customer service, disability access, and discrimination. The report also includes statistics on mishandled baggage reports filed by consumers with the reporting carriers, data on oversales, and information about the total number of animals that died, were injured, or were lost during air transport in July 2017, as filed by the air carriers with the Aviation Consumer Protection Division.

The Department has launched an airline passenger microsite to make it easy for travelers to understand their rights. The site can be viewed here: https://www.transportation.gov/airconsumer/flights-and-rights.

Source:  U.S. DoT
Associated URL: https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot7217
Source Date: September 14, 2017
Author: U.S. DoT 
Posted: 09/18/2017

 
 
DUNCAN AVIATION BREAKS GROUND ON PROVO BUSINESS JET MAINTENANCE AND COMPLETIONS FACILITY
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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LINCOLN, Neb. - Duncan Aviation has begun construction on a new business aircraft maintenance, modifications and paint complex at its Provo, Utah, location. Dirt has been moved in place for the ramp base and site preparation has started for the large maintenance and modifications center, which includes an innovative paint facility.

"We have started installing Geopiers, which are deep stabilization piers, and will soon begin pouring footings and foundations," says Bill Prochazka, Chief Operating Officer of Duncan Aviation’s Provo location. "If the early winter weather cooperates with those two items, we could be putting up steel this winter."

Building on nearly 45 acres of land at the Provo Municipal Airport, Duncan Aviation will add nearly 275,000-square-feet of buildings with a 222,000-square-foot maintenance and modifications center and a 53,000-square-foot paint facility.

The maintenance and completions facility will have large hangar spaces along with backshop and office space. The new paint structure will have the latest down-draft air flow technology, including automatic monitoring and alarms, to provide the best paint environment possible for aircraft. To increase efficiency, the paint hangar is designed to accommodate multiple aircraft at once, utilizing a two-zone airflow system. With this design, Duncan Aviation paint teams can perform stripping, sanding, painting and detail work on multiple aircraft simultaneously.

The facility, which will cost over $70 million and is being built by Tectonic Management Group, Inc., will allow input of some of the largest business aircraft in use today. The expansion is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

On August 1, 2010, Duncan Aviation opened its doors in Provo. Since then, the Duncan Aviation Provo team has provided major and minor hourly and calendar inspections, line-level engine and avionics support, and interior work for business aircraft from across Europe, the Pacific Rim and the Americas. Recently, the facility added Non-Destructive Testing capabilities to its repair certificate.

In addition to this upcoming expansion, Duncan Aviation has invested more than $208 million in facilities, tooling and new capabilities and more than $53 million in training over the last 20 years.

Source:  Duncan Aviation
Associated URL: duncanaviation.aero
Source Date: September 12, 2017
Posted: 09/15/2017

 

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