SaxonAir once again hosted the Royal Air Force Red Arrows this year, one of the world’s premier aerobatic teams. The team are renowned throughout the world, acting as ambassadors of Great Britain.
The Reds visited us at our Business Aviation Centre at Norwich Airport on Friday 22nd August, SaxonAir always look forward to hosting the team at the airport and were especially privileged to be a part of their ongoing celebration for their 50th display season.
This year the Reds mark their 50th Anniversary of display seasons from their first in 1965. A number of activities are planned in the coming months to highlight this milestone occasion and the Team hope people will join in and share the celebration. It is an opportunity for the Red Arrows to thank supporters from both the United Kingdom and overseas for their continued, and valued, interest in the Team.
Use #Reds50 on Twitter to keep up-to-date with all of the news on the 50th display season and follow the Team @rafredarrows or like RAF Red Arrows on Facebook.
Leading offshore safety training provider Falck Safety Services (Falck) has joined forces with aviation provider SaxonAir in Norwich to offer helicopter safety training to correspond with new offshore regulations. Falck, which is based in Aberdeen and Teesside, will provide specialist safety courses at SaxonAir’s Business Aviation Centre Headquarters at Norwich International Airport ahead of new UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) helicopter regulations, introducing Category A Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS). The new EBS equipment was recently approved by the UK CAA as part of a series of measures to increase the safety of offshore helicopters. The new course and equipment are now an industry requirement due to the updated guidelines which come into force on 1 September 2014, and stipulate passengers will not be allowed to sit on the inside seats of a helicopter travelling to and from offshore installations without EBS. From 1 January next year, all passengers will be required to wear the device. Colin Leyden, managing director for Falck said: “The latest UKCAA safety requirements for offshore helicopter transportation are an important step forward. Falck has been closely involved with the process surrounding the EBS system development, with rigorous training and testing carried out ahead of launching the course.” “The training at Norwich will ensure that companies comply with the new regulations, putting the safety of offshore workers at the forefront of their operations. Our partnership with SaxonAir in Norwich will allow us to deliver seamless and quality training to individuals based or living in the East Anglian region.” Falck Safety Services, which delivers realistic training in a safe and controlled environment using state-of-the-art industry standards, has recently invested more than £3.5m in its UK training facilities. The firm, which has 32 training centres across the world, has strong industry expertise servicing the global oil and gas, shipping, renewable energy, military and aviation industries, and last year trained over 340,000 people. SaxonAir’s £6.5m Business Aviation Centre is strategically located to serve the Southern North Sea energy sector and currently handles over 50,000 offshore passengers and 700 tonnes of freight movements per year.
Nextant Aerospace unveiled the cockpit mockup of their remanufactured King Air G90XT at the GE Aviation booth at EAA on Monday 7th July. Attendees at the unveiling were the first to see full-scale mock-ups of the G90XT’s “cockpit of the future” and of the GE H75 engine.
Nextant has already taken delivery of the first shipped set of engines and is on track for certification of the King Air-derived remanufactured aircraft by year end. The new-generation H75 turboprop saves weight compared to the PT-6 it replaces and benefits from GE’s broad experience in several key aspects. Major savings are expected in operating costs thanks to reduced fuel consumption, no hot sections and 4,000 hour TBO.
“It’s exciting to bring some of our latest design and engineering technology to Oshkosh for their first ever public appearance”, said Nextant President Sean McGeough. “Nextant is redefining the business aviation industry by combining the reliability of highly-successful business aircraft with the latest technology in engines, avionics and cabin comfort. With our unique remanufacturing process we create as-new aircraft with performance that will match or surpass comparable new models for half the purchase price. That’s the transformational message we’re sending from Oshkosh to business aircraft customers everywhere.”
The G90XT also features an array of advanced technology from integrated electronic engine management and single-lever power control to the latest enhanced Garmin G1000 glass cockpit, digital pressurization and an all-new environmental cooling system. Like its jet stable mate the 400XTi, the G90XT also features a handcrafted interior, reduced cabin noise and aerodynamic refinements.