South Korea is expected to issue a request for proposals for an F-16 radar retrofit this week. It could be the first country to decide between the Northrop Grumman Scalable Agile Beam Radar (SABR) and the Raytheon Advanced Combat Radar (RACR).
Dubai Air Show » November 15, 2011
Business aviation services group Gama Group is expanding its services to Saudi Arabia through a new joint venture company with Imitiaz Co. of Jeddah. The partnership will be known as Gama Aviation and the plan is for it to be operational early next year at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport.
“Safety first”: That’s the credo behind the daily flying display here at the Dubai Air Show, where some of the world’s greatest pilots are pushing their high-performance military aircraft to the limit right before visitors’ eyes. The focus on safety is on full display at the daily briefing that all pilots, crews and coordinators attend.
Eclipse Aerospace has received a United Arab Emirates type certificate for its Total Eclipse twin-engine light jet. The approval is based on its existing U.S. certification. The company has secured commitments and contracts for five Total Eclipse aircraft from customers who will register their aircraft in the UAE.
A novel means of adding surveillance sensors to the C-130 quickly and with minimum modification is on display here at the Dubai Air Show.
Qantas Airlines has signed up for Permagard’s bio-coating technology, making Australia the first country in the world to have all of its commercial airliners protected by the French company’s product. The core benefit, it claims, is the ability to preserve the aircraft’s exterior for a longer period, and defer repainting. It also translates into less frequent washing–- the scarcity of water in Australia being a factor in the decision.
Rolls-Royce has introduced the first of a two-phase performance improvement for the Trent 900 engines that power the Airbus A380 airliner. Turbofans now being delivered to A380 operators have a one-percent improvement in specific fuel consumption compared with the initial units.
Gulfstream Aerospace is on final approach for certification of its wide-cabin G650. At the 2011 Dubai Air Show, AIN contributing editor James Wynbrandt caught up with Gulfstream president Larry Flynn to get the latest update on the ultra-long-range jet program, as well as the aircraft’s manufacturer’s view of the business jet market in the Middle East.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) and Gates & Partners, the London-based international law firm, will hold a free one-day seminar at the Dubai Air Show on Wednesday, November 16.
Italian electronic defense company Elettronica and Abu Dhabi-based Baynunah Aviation Technology recently established the ELTBAT Electronic Systems Development joint venture to act as a center of excellence in the Gulf region in the electronic warfare field.