Singapore Air Show - 2014

Singapore Air Show

The Indian government last week stalled completion of several major military equipment deals until at least the end of the current financial year on March 31. “We have no money,” said defense minister A. K. Antony at the Defexpo show in New Dehli on Thursday.

AVIC’s display at the Aviation Expo China show included this scale model of the company’s J-31/Project 310. It’s designed to be marketed as China’s stealthy export competitor to Lockheed’s F-35.

The past two years have seen a number of developments with the military aircraft programs of the People’s Republic of China’s aerospace industry.

RSAF’s Black Knights soar at 2014 Singapore Airshow

Singapore’s Black Knights aerobatic team has been reformed for the seventh time to wow the crowd at this year’s show. The six Lockheed Martin F-16Cs have been painted in a snazzy new red-and-white design. Led by Lt Col Joseph Leong, 44, a 26-year veteran of the Republic of Singapore Air Force, the team’s pilots are all experienced instructors with a minimum of 1,000 hours in the Fighting Falcon.

Photo: Vladimir Karnozov

As series production of Antonov’s new-generation An-148 and An-158 regional jets gains momentum, the manufacturer and its close ally lessor Ilyushin Finance Co. (IFC) are trying to raise the type’s temporary operational limitations.

ATR 72s are common among Asian airlines. In fact, ATR claims an 85 percent market share in Asia but has not sold any of its regional turboprops in China.

For Franco-Italian regional turboprop manufacturer ATR (Booth E01), the Asia Pacific region now takes top spot in its geographic sales rankings, but orders from China still seem to be eluding the company. Last year ATR saw orders and deliveries grow again, reaching record levels and steady profitability, but it has yet to convince shareholders Airbus Group and Finmeccanica to launch a new larger turboprop in the 90-seat category.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have captured the public imagination, and the unveiling of Israel Aircraft Industries’ Super Heron was the big news at the Singapore Airshow. Photo: Mark Wagner

The aerial demonstrations and outside aircraft displays get most of the glory, but it’s inside the halls where the business of an international trade show gets its traction. For the hard core, inside the aisles is where it’s at. Photos: David McIntosh

Along the shores of the Singapore Strait, the lineup of aircraft in the static display area covers a wide range of sizes, shapes and missions. Business jets large and small, airliners and military birds of prey are all part of the complement on hand. This overhead view shows just a small segment of the total number of aircraft on display. Photo: David McIntosh

The undoubted star of the 2014 Singapore Airshow is the all-new Airbus A350XWB, which arrived over the weekend from Europe (with a stopover in Qatar). The new widebody will appear in the flying display on Tuesday and Wednesday. The prototype on show here has completed more than 1,000 hours of flight testing since making its first flight last June.

The daily flying displays are the heart and soul of an air show. Here in Singapore, the home town heroes are the Black Knights of the Royal Singapore Air Force (RSAF). Flying F-16s in the team’s distinctive starred paints scheme, the solo performers thrill the crowd with heart-stopping head-on passes like this one. Photo: Mark Wagner

Saturday, a few days before the start of this year’s Singapore Airshow, the Republic of Singapore Air Force held a family day celebration at the Changi Airport show site. Service members were able to bring family members out to see the static displays and watch some of the performers practicing for the aerial demonstrations. In some cases, the thunder of jet engines made the strongest impression. Photo: David McIntosh

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February 13, 2014, 2:08 AM

One of a number of maritime patrol aircraft being promoted at the Singapore Airshow is the Saab 340 MSA, which is undertaking a demonstration tour to several countries in Asia.

February 13, 2014, 1:56 AM

A prominent contingent of three Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tiltrotors has descended on Singapore for the airshow to highlight the type’s significant capabilities, which combine the speed and range of a fixed-wing aircraft with the mobility and no-runway operations of a hel

February 13, 2014, 1:39 AM

This week Bell redelivered the 37th and last AH-1W “Whiskey” Cobra light attack helicopter to be remanufactured to the new AH-1Z Viper, or “Zulu” configuration.

February 13, 2014, 1:33 AM

Thailand’s Sabaidee Airways has contracted Ameco Beijing to provide maintenance for its Boeing 737 fleet through 2018.

February 13, 2014, 1:14 AM

Embraer took a giant step toward boosting its modest presence in the South Asian market at the Singapore Airshow on Thursday with a firm order for 50 E-Jet E2s and purchase rights on another 50 from Indian regional carrier Air Costa.

February 13, 2014, 1:11 AM

Honeywell has announced that it is partnering with GMF AeroAsia to maintain the 131-9A auxiliary power units for the new Airbus A320 fleet being acquired by Garuda Indonesia. The first five of a 25-aircraft order are being delivered this year, with the last due in 2018.

February 13, 2014, 1:08 AM

Bell Helicopter has announced that it has delivered the first 407GX aircraft into India. The customer is SpanAir, a leading air charter company that has operated the Bell 407 since 1996, and later added a Model 429.

February 13, 2014, 12:45 AM

Lengthy aircraft program delays happen for a variety of reasons, but a common thread lies in what multinational management consultancy Accenture calls their extraordinary complexity and the “interwoven” nature of the decisions of hundreds of suppliers. Compounding such complexity, says Accenture, a wide geographic dispersion of suppliers exists across virtually all regions of the world, resulting in fragmented, disaggregated and misaligned development processes, supply chain calculations such as parts shortages and manufacturing/engineering inefficiencies.

February 13, 2014, 12:45 AM

Singapore-based training company Mil-Com Aerospace and Chennai, India-headquartered Ramco Systems, part of the $1 billion U.S. Ramco Group, a leading software company focused on products and managed services, have entered into a partnership to complement their offerings. Mil-Com focuses on proving technical training on diverse modules in the aviation sector using Ramco’s Aviation Suite to address business “pain” points to its member base.

February 13, 2014, 12:35 AM

India’s GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (Gagan) system, jointly developed by Airports Authority of India (AAI), the Indian Space Research Organization and Raytheon, has been awarded certification for in Required Navigation Performance (RNP) 0.1 operations. Achieved with the help of quasi-U.S. government non-profit MITRE Corporation, the certification makes it the world’s fourth SBAS system certified for operational use.

February 13, 2014, 12:35 AM

Airbus has become the newest member of the Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and research (A*STAR) aerospace program, it was announced at the Aerospace Technology Leadership Forum in downtown Singapore on Monday. Airbus joins various other OEMs as members–such as Boeing, Embraer and Bombardier, GE, P&W, Rolls-Royce, Safran and Honeywell–and major aviation Singapore companies-such as ST Aerospace and SIA Engineering.

February 13, 2014, 12:25 AM

Extant Components Group, a U.S.-based specialist in legacy electronics manufacturing and obsolescence management, recently signed a significant new contract with an unnamed major aerospace OEM. The November 2013 agreement has prompted a wave of investment in new equipment at the Melbourne, Florida factory of its Symetrics subsidiary, which is providing continuing manufacturing repair, obsolescence management and technical support for a series of vehicle health management systems (VHMS) used in fighters, trainer and light attack aircraft.

February 13, 2014, 12:20 AM

GE Aviation this week reported that testing on the high pressure compressor (HPC) module for the GE9X engine that will power Boeing’s 777X aircraft continues to yield “very promising results,” achieving a 27:1 pressure ratio–the highest of any commercial aircraft engine. The tests began in September at the GE Oil & Gas testing facility in Massa, Italy, and the module has accumulated close to 300 hours of testing today.

February 13, 2014, 12:10 AM

UK-based ACLAS Global is opening a $3 million spares warehouse in the Tax Free Zone at Singapore’s Changi airport to support its growing customers for ATR in the region. The facility that will maintain a range of rotables, consumables and de-ice product types, will be operational from Feb17.

February 13, 2014, 12:10 AM

L-3 Link Simulation & Training specializes in intelligent training solutions across civil and military fields. The company has supplied the AVCATT (aviation combined arms tactical trainer) system to the U.S. Army at 11 training sites, each suite comprising six reconfigurable simulators, a battle master control room and an after-action review theater. The system provides network-based multi-player training exercises, from basic flying to complex operational scenarios.

 

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