CFM International has thrown down the gauntlet to engine manufacturers hoping to compete on the next generation of single-aisle airliners by accelerating its research on an advanced engine to replace its CFM56 by as early as 2015, the company announced here yesterday.
Singapore Air Show » February 19, 2008
Opening-day visitors to the inaugural Singapore Airshow will find a brand-new site fit for the newly revamped event. Even the land it sits on is new, reclaimed over the last 10 years from the waters of the Singapore Strait. And best of all, if things go according to plan, access should prove pretty much painless.
The General Administration of the Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) has awarded type certification to Gulfstream Aerospace for five of its business jet models–the Gulfstream GV, G350, G450, G500 and G550. The TC allows the registration and operation of all those models within China.
Representing the Singapore Air Force, the colorful Black Knights aerobatic team brings its own form of razzle-dazzle to the daily aerial display. Flying Lockheed Martin F-16Cs, the team fills the sky over Changi Airport with the sights and sounds of unbridled aerial excitement.
Helicopter manufacturers are waiting for the Indian Ministry of Defense to issue a new tender after it scrapped a deal for 197 light Eurocopter Fennecs late last year. Before that, Eurocopter stood as the “preferred bidder” but the contract remained unsigned, awaiting the end of price discussions.
A number of airliner sales campaigns could reach their conclusion with signatures here at the show. In fact, reports suggest the possibility of a healthy level of new business, whether in the form of genuine inked contracts, letters of intent or good old-fashioned “penciled-in” line slots. Airlines named by analysts and industry sources for possible order announcements include:
The Republic of Singapore Air Force is the first export customer for the latest Pilatus PC-21 turboprop trainer, developed to train pilots to front-line fighter level without intermediate training on a jet. Singapore’s new training program also is innovative on another level–under its private-public structure, Lockheed Martin serves as the main contractor, supplying all the infrastructure and leaving only the teaching to the military.
Rolls-Royce’s plans to build a greenfield factory in Singapore to manufacture and test the latest Trent engines came as no surprise given the increasing importance of the Asia Pacific region as a market for aircraft engines.
Sikorsky Aircraft has selected Eaton Corp. (Stand No. P39) to design and manufacture the primary hydraulic power generation system for the U.S. Marine Corp’s new heavy-lift CH-53K helicopter.
During the development phase of the program, which runs through 2014, Eaton will provide the systems and components for five to 10 shipsets, in addition to a number of test sets. The Marines expect to buy more than 156 CH-53Ks.
Airbus and Shell recently made the first ever commercial flight using liquid fuel processed from gas when an A380 airliner flew from Filton in the UK to the airframer’s Toulouse, France headquarters. The flight marked the start of a program to evaluate the environmental impact of alternative fuels in the airline market.