The second annual Nigerian Business Aviation Conference, to be held in Lagos on March 27-28, is expected to see increased attendance, reflecting the west African country’s position as a hot-spot for industry growth. New topics such as an aircraft owner’s panel and a discussion of the aviation needs of the oil and gas sector have been added to an agenda that already covers topics such as regulator issues and aircraft finance.
News and issues concerning aerospace companies, including formations, acquisitions, mergers and financials; and announcements of significant aircraft sales, delivery statistics and personnel appointments.
North American flight activity experienced its traditional February lull, according to data provider Argus in its monthly TraqPak report. Part 91, 135 and fractional flights were down 3.7 percent overall last month from the previous month, but those numbers were up half a percentage point compared with the previous February. The small-cabin fractional market saw a year-over-year increase of nearly 20 percent, the second straight month the segment had the largest growth.
Airbus has bolstered its presence in India with the appointment of Srinivasan Dwarakanath as CEO of Airbus India. The European airframer’s local subsidiary also has a new chairman in the shape of Charles Champion, who is the parent company’s executive vice president for Engineering and a member of the executive committee.
Rolls-Royce is looking to expand its engine component manufacturing activities in India, possibly adding new product lines and increasing the size of the facilities at its International Aerospace Manufacturing Pvt Ltd (IAMPL) operation in Bangalore, which already makes parts for the Trent 700 turbofan.
Embraer has achieved a 6.4-percent average fuel efficiency improvement with its updated E175, significantly more than the 5-percent gain originally targeted, the company said Wednesday as it rolled out the first of the updated models featuring what it calls a range of aerodynamic improvements. Modifications include the introduction of a new wingtip, systems improvements and aerodynamic streamlining. Embraer plans to deliver the first E175 with the complete package of modifications to Indianapolis-based Republic Airways “in the coming weeks.”
The international presence at the fourth edition of the biennial India Aviation show, which opens today in Hyderabad, has increased significantly in recent years, with 18 major global aerospace groups now exhibiting, including Airbus, Boeing, Gulfstream, Bombardier, Dassault, Embraer and Rolls-Royce.
The 25th International Women in Aviation Conference, held last weekend in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., had a little something for everyone. History buffs came to honor the four new WAI Pioneer Hall of Fame inductees: Sally Ride, first female NASA astronaut in space; Nancy Currie, NASA International Space Station commander; Beryl Markham, author and aviatrix; and Sheila Scott, record-setting British pilot.
The National Air Transportation Association’s annual Aviation Business & Legislative Conference was held last week. At the kick-off NATA Industry Excellence Awards Dinner and Presentation, Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) received the William A. “Bill” Ong Memorial award and Marian Epps, CFO of Epps Aviation, received the Distinguished Service Award.
This Sunday, Los Angeles-area aviation aficionados are invited to the Museum of Flying at Santa Monica Airport for a celebration of the 90th anniversary of the departure of the Douglas World Cruisers on the attempt to be the first aircraft to circumnavigate the globe. The presentation begins at 2 p.m. and includes an oral history presentation by artist, author and historian Mike Machat and a screening of the 2005 documentary on the record-breaking flight.
Boeing 787 wing supplier Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has determined that a change in its manufacturing processes might have led to the development of hairline cracks in shear ties on Dreamliner wing ribs, Boeing confirmed Friday afternoon. The Chicago-based airframer said the problem could result in some delivery delays, but that the situation would not affect delivery guidance for 2014.