From a humble beginning with just an MRO setup in Singapore, ST Aerospace has expanded rapidly into a global service-provider in key aviation hubs in the Americas, China, Europe and Singapore. It provides a wide range of airframe services for all Boeing and Airbus aircraft types with capability up to heavy maintenance.
News and issues concerning aerospace companies, including formations, acquisitions, mergers and financials; and announcements of significant aircraft sales, delivery statistics and personnel appointments.
Moorpark, California-based Custom Sensors and Technologies (CST)–also known under its Crouzet Aerospace and Kavlico brands–is here at the Paris Air Show (Hall 2B, Stand B40) exhibiting its proximity sensors with remote electronics. The technology–just certified–allows these sensors to work safely in harsh environments and in a smarter way. CST is also showcasing a demonstrator of an electric fault detection system and a better-connected helicopter grip.
Aluminum specialist Constellium’s new foundry in Issoire, France, is up and running–a key step in a strategy aimed at regaining some of the ground lost to composite materials in aircraft construction. The casting house focuses on a new family of alloys, dubbed Airware, which are lighter than the previous generation made of aluminum-lithium.
With defense budget cuts starting to bite, GKN Aerospace (Chalets (B) 73, Hall 2b Stand F140) is stepping up its efforts to reduce dependence on military business. At a recent press briefing, the UK-based group’s CEO Marcus Bryson predicted that in 2013 almost 70 percent of revenues are likely to come from civil orders, with Airbus remaining its largest customer (accounting for 32 percent of revenues in 2012).
Airbus’s A380 yesterday received a highly welcome boost from Doric Lease, which placed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the purchase of 20 of the superjumbos at the Paris Air Show.
Italy’s Iacobucci HF Electronics (Hall 1, Stand F298) has on display its iconic products, an espresso machine and the food and beverage cart. The espresso machine features a heat exchanger that ensures instant and continuous operation without any waiting time for re-heating the water after each use, according to the company.
Embraer launched the new E2 version of its E-Jets yesterday with firm orders, purchase rights, options and letters of intent totaling 350 airplanes from seven customers.
Florida Governor Rick Scott is leading a delegation of nearly 80 Florida-based aviation, aerospace and defense companies, educational institutions and economic development agencies this week at the Paris Air Show. “Florida is home to one of the [U.S.’s] largest aerospace and aviation industries and has long been the world’s premier gateway to space,” he said. “The Paris Air Show presents a unique opportunity for business and community leaders from our state to meet with the most influential aviation and aerospace companies in the world to expand opportunities in the Sunshine State.”
Regardless of whether this week’s 50th Paris Air Show (June 17 to 23) sees a surprise fly-past by the newly airborne Airbus A350XWB widebody, the biennial event will open with expectations of yet more airliner orders further bolstering backlogs. Both Airbus and Boeing, which will display two 787 Dreamliners, are expected to announce further orders.
Boeing’s projection for more than 35,000 new airplanes over the next 20 years suggests a doubling of the size of today’s airliner fleet and a continuing trend in which airline traffic increases outpace economic growth.