UH-1H Crash at Northern New Mexico Border Claims Five

The Wednesday evening crash of a privately flown Bell UH-1H Huey, registered as N658H, in northern New Mexico claimed five occupants, including a prominent Zimbabwean opposition leader. A sixth passenger was severely injured. New Mexico State Police received a 911 call from one of the victims at approximately 6 p.m. MST on Wednesday. The helicopter …

Legacy 600 Avionics Upgrade Adds LCDs, FANS-1/A+

Duncan Aviation has completed the first installation of the Honeywell Primus Elite upgrade in an Embraer Legacy 600. The DU-875 LCD retrofit was completed as part of the project because the Legacy’s original CRT screens are no longer in production and have reached technological obsolescence. The Legacy owner, who is a long-time customer of Duncan …

Global Aerospace Adds New Light Aircraft Policy Benefit

Industry insurance provider Global Aerospace has launched an aircraft breakdown assistance program as an additional benefit for its light aircraft operators. According to the company, the new program—supported by maintenance management provider Savvy Aviation—will offer policyholders complimentary 24/7 access to a dedicated toll-free assistance hotline staffed by experienced airframe and powerplant and inspection authorization technicians. …

Airbus Zephyr Pseudo-satellite Gets New Funding

Airbus Defence and Space described some new funding for its Zephyr high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) project in the UK. The Zephyr is a lightweight, solar- and battery-powered unmanned aerial system. Previous experimental versions have flown above 60,000 feet for up to 14 days. In early 2016, AIN reported that the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) ordered …

Embraer Reports E190-E2 Spec Improvements

Expecting certification of the new E190-E2 “in the coming weeks,” Embraer on Friday issued several final specifications for the airplane, including 1.3 percent less fuel burn than original estimates and a 750 nautical mile improvement in hot-and-high ranges from London City Airport and Mexico City. Originally targeting the first of half of this year for …

California Firm Partners on Chinese Genav Development

California-based aviation services provider Threshold Aviation Group has announced a partnership with Chinese firm YXST Aviation Industry Development on a program to establish and operate airports, FBOs, repair stations, and pilot-training facilities in Northern China. YXST was established to provide general aviation services in the region, and has the exclusive right to develop at least …