During a visit to Parker Aerospace’s Irvine, Calif., Control Systems Division recently, AIN took a tour through the fly-by-wire flight control systems integration laboratory and received briefing on modern flight control technology. Parker officials also provided information about the company’s work on the Embraer Legacy 450/500 program, which suffered a delay due to changes to the flight control system.
News and issues concerning aerospace companies, including formations, acquisitions, mergers and financials; and announcements of significant aircraft sales, delivery statistics and personnel appointments.
Members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) returned a split decision on Boeing’s offer for a new four-year contract. Engineers agreed to accept the offer by a count of 6,483 to 5,514, but technical workers voted to reject by a tally of 3,203 to 2,868.
Embraer expects to reveal its choice of several major systems contractors for its new second-generation E-Jets over the next three or four months, Embraer Commercial Aviation COO Luis Carlos Affonso told AIN last week as the company announced it is retaining Honeywell as the supplier for the series’ avionics suite and flight management computer. Further contract awards over the next few months will likely go to suppliers of the airplanes’ fly-by-wire system, APU electric system and air management system.
Technology issues need to be addressed collaboratively to meet challenges not only from design to deployment, but also throughout the life cycle of the products and systems, according to Anil Kumar, chairman and managing director of India’s Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL).
Maini Global Aerospace (MGA), the Bangalore-based design and manufacturing company, is looking for opportunities provided by Indian defense offsets that will help fuel its aggressive expansion plan. It expects to boost annual revenue from approximately $60 million to about $100 million by 2015.
India’s bid to design and develop its own indigenous civil aircraft is once again under discussion. According to government sources, a new policy decision is expected on the civil aircraft program by February 12.
Embraer has opted to retain Honeywell as the avionics supplier for its second-generation E-Jets, the Brazilian airframe maker announced today, ending speculation that it might switch to another supplier as a result of “teething” troubles it experienced following entry-into-service of the current E-Jet line.
Slowly and steadily, a handful of Indian aerospace companies are getting absorbed into the global supply chain of OEMs. For instance, in the opto-electronics segment, the new Samtel-Thales Avionics joint venture “plans to become the first electro-optic house in the country,” said executive director Puneet Kaura.
India’s updated Defense Procurement Policy (DPP) for 2013 that was to be released in January is delayed by five or six months, a senior defense ministry official told AIN. The DPP governs the buying of military weapons and equipment.
Indian defense minister Shri AK Antony will inaugurate the ninth biennial Aero India show at the Yelahanka Air Force Station near Bangalore on Wednesday. The February 6-10 event will once again have a strong bias towards the defense sector, but should also see evidence of Indian companies progressing upwards through the aerospace food chain.