Airbus Orders

Airbus has clinched record sales for its Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) family in the first half of the year with a tally of 12 orders - comprising eight ACJs and four A318 Elites. The company has also sold a VIP A330-200 Prestige - its second to date - taking total corporate jet sales this year to 13, almost as many as the 15 booked in the whole of last year, says the European manufacturer. Total Airbus ACJ family sales now stand at around 70 aircraft.

CAT caravans

Commuter Air Technology (CAT) has acquired the supplemental type certificates held by Downtown Airpark for the installation of cameras, infrared sensors and other equipment on the Cessna Caravan. Known for special-mission modifications to Beechcraft King Airs, Oklahoma City-based CAT is expanding into other types.

Raisbeck appoints

Raisbeck Engineering has authorised the UK's MCA Aviation to install its Beechcraft King Air performance-improvement system. Seattle-based Raisbeck has also appointed Hillaero in Lincoln, Nebraska; Professional Aircraft Maintenance in Bakersfield, California; and Superior Aircraft Maintenance in Medford, Oregon.

Offshore order

Malaysian Helicopter Service (MHS) has ordered three Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopters, which will be used to support oil and gas company Exxon Mobil's offshore operations within the Malaysian region. MHS will also maintain the helicopters, the first of which is scheduled for delivery in July 2007.

Retro Challenger

Bombardier has authorised Landmark Aviation centres in Los Angeles and Augusta, Georgia to retrofit the Challenger 601 and 604 with the Honeywell GTCP36-150 auxiliary power unit. Montreal-based Innotech Aviation has completed its first APU retrofit, on a Challenger 604.

Source: Flight International