AW609 set for FAA nod next year


The third Leonardo-Finmeccanica AW609 civil tiltrotor, AC3 is set to start cold weather testing and icing trials. Leonardo also said it intends to gain FAA certification for the AW609 next year.

Also in this week’s bulletin, London Oxford launched “Try and Fly” at Schedulers and Dispatchers conference that waives the landing fee and halves parking fees for up to a week for first-time business aircraft users of the airport. The deal also includes a 2.5% discount on fuel uplifts over 1,500 liters/396 gallons via partner Air BP.

Meanwhile business aircraft flight activity in Europe got off to a “strong start” for 2017, with 50,335 departures reported last month, up 4.4% year-over-year, according to data released by WINGX Advance.

Lastly, Luxaviation has launched a dedicated VIP helicopter division, which it hopes will become the global name in high-end rotorcraft management and charter. The company manages about 250 business aircraft and 20 helicopters across its network. It also owns 24 fixed-base operations through its ExecuJet subsidiary.