Canadian conversion company Field Aviation has won a contract from the Icelandic coastguard to convert a Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 turboprop for maritime surveillance missions. The twin-engined aircraft will replace a Fokker F27 and will be deployed to "protect Icelandic fishing interests, and fight environmental pollution", says the coastguard. The aircraft has long-range fuel tanks giving more than 8h endurance and Field will outfit it with a comprehensive sensor suite


Embraer subsidiary Neiva has delivered three ethanol-powered Ipanema crop-dusters to an unnamed company. The single-engined aircraft, certificated three years ago, is designed to give a 5% performance boost and lower operational costs compared with similar sized aircraft, says the Brazilian airframer.


Sikorsky subsidiary Helicopter Support has been selected by Elibit Systems as sole distributor for its head-up display units for Sikorsky's commercial and international military helicopters.


Aviation Technology Group is planning to increase the price of the Javelin two-seat jet from $2.79 million to $3 million, but says a small number of aircraft are still available at the lower price. The prototype has accumulated eight flights while work on defining the final configuration of the production version continues. The first conforming aircraft will be assembled in mid-2008.


Aerospace Filtration Systems has received Canadian supplemental type certification for an inlet barrier filter system for Bell 205A1 helicopters. The system is designed to enhance engine performance by filtering out more than 99% of dirt and sand and is already being used in Afghanistan on US UH-1H Huey IIs.

Source: Flight International