AINalerts » August 1, 2013
European aerospace behemoth EADS has aligned its brand with its aircraft manufacturing division to become simply Airbus Group, and is also applying the Airbus brand to its two other main divisions. Thus, Eurocopter will become Airbus Helicopters, and the defense and space divisions, Cassidian and Astrium, will be merged into one unit–Airbus Defence and Space–representing the third division.
Bombardier Aerospace’s revenues in the second quarter were flat year-over-year at about $2.3 billion, with more than half of these revenues–$1.259 billion–coming from its business aircraft division. Pre-tax earnings at the company rose by $8 million, to $107 million, while its backlog as of June 30 climbed to $33.4 billion, up from $32.9 billion at the end of last year.
Kestrel Aircraft has selected the Garmin G3000 glass-panel touchscreen suite as the primary avionics offering for its all-composite single-engine turboprop, company CEO Alan Klapmeier announced yesterday at EAA AirVenture. “I have a passion for avionics; it is the critical aspect for the pilot-vehicle interface,” he said. “The G3000’s wide-aspect-ratio screen provides great real estate for a user-friendly interface with the pilot.”
AIN readers again chose Gulfstream’s large-cabin jets as tops in business jet aftermarket service for newer and older aircraft combined, with an 8.3 overall average. In the 2013 Product Support Survey, Embraer took second place with a rating of 8.2, followed by Bombardier Learjet at 7.9, leapfrogging Cessna, which fell to fourth place this year with an average score of 7.8.
Fifty years after delivering its very first engine to Beechcraft, Pratt & Whitney Canada celebrated another milestone yesterday by delivering to Beechcraft at EAA AirVenture the 80,000th PT6 turboprop, in this case a -60A variant that powers the King Air 350i. “As we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of this iconic engine,” said P&WC president John Saabas, “we are proud to share this important moment with Beechcraft, which was the first customer to select the PT6.” The PT6 has since become the most popular engine in all aviation market segments.
Rockwell Collins president Kelly Ortberg has added the CEO title and was appointed to the company board’s executive committee. Ortberg succeeds Clay Jones, 64, who retired as CEO after nearly 34 years with the company. Jones will continue as non-executive chairman. Ortberg, who joined Rockwell Collins in 1987, became president in September. Previously, he served as executive vice president and COO of government systems. He also led the launch of the company’s Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system.
Gulfstream Aerospace tapped Luiz Sandler as regional vice president of sales for South America. He replaces Bill Arrazola, who recently retired. In his new role, Sandler is responsible for Gulfstream sales in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname and Uruguay. Since 2007, he was the sales director for International Jet Traders, Gulfstream’s sales representative for Brazil. Fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English, Sandler is a commercial pilot with a 737 type rating.
GE has completed its acquisition of Turin, Italy-based Avio’s aviation components and systems business for $3.4 billion. Renamed Avio Aero, the new division furthers GE’s participation and expertise in the areas of mechanical transmission systems, low-pressure turbines, combustion technology and automation systems. Avio Aero has content on several GE engines, ranging from the CT7/T700 turboshaft series for helicopters to the GE90 and GEnx turbofan engines for airliners.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott participated in a ground-breaking ceremony yesterday at Galaxy Aviation’s new hangar complex at Palm Beach International Airport. Known as Hangar 1, the 75,000-sq-ft facility will add to the one million square feet that the local FBO chain already occupies at the airport. Galaxy has begun the pre-leasing process for the new structure, slated for completion by early next year. The hangar, which will be able to accommodate long-range business jets, will also feature its own lounge and flight-planning and catering areas.