When Minden Air contacted BAE Systems’ regional aircraft division to ask about leasing a 146 jetliner to use as a water-bomber, it came as something of a surprise to director Mark Taylor. “When they explained the characteristics they were looking for, we began to see its potential,” he told Aviation International News.
Paris Air Show » June 15, 2005
Fighting fires from the air used to be an ad hoc business, as unpredictable as the odds of getting a return on your equipment investment. Even during a hot summer, aircraft operators in southern Europe might have their Bambi buckets gathering dust in the corner of a hangar on the off-chance a camping stove should topple over somewhere.
Believe it or not, there’s a pilot shortage out there, not in the U.S. or Europe, but in Asia, where a flourishing airline business needs first officers, and lots of them.
What do the Airbus A380, Embraer 195 and Falcon 7X have in common, apart from being on display for the first time here at the Paris Air Show this week? They share the same supplier of their wings’ leading edges.
The proliferation and diversification of international terrorism and crime is fueling demand for next-generation patrol aircraft for surveillance of airspace, sea and land. Nations such as Russia, Ukraine, China, India, Malaysia, South Korea and Iran want a single aircraft platform for such roles.
As airlines seek to shed costs associated with expensive component repair and overhaul (R&O) activity, lucrative opportunities are emerging for companies with the wherewithal to provide such capability. U.S. engines and avionics giant Honeywell considers itself one such entity.
Two months from now on August 16 to 21, Russia will stage its seventh Moscow Aviation and Space Exposition (MAKS, to use its Russian acronym). Held on the grounds of the historic (and once top-secret) Gromov Flight Research Institute (LII) in the suburb of Zhukovsky, the exposition has become the showcase event for aerospace enterprises in Russia and other countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Over 20 years ago the Moscow-based Scientific Research Institute of Instrument Building (NIIP) made military aviation history with the production of the Mikoyan MiG-31’s N007 Zaslon radar. Zaslon was a technological marvel in its day, being the first airborne fighter radar fitted with an electronically scanning array (ESA).
“Safety is not a book, not software; it’s a culture,” said Airbus training and flight operations support and services vice president Jean-Michel Roy, describing new flight- and ground-training systems introduced with the new A380 very large airliner. The latest Airbus inherits many characteristics of the established A320/A330/A340 fly-by-wire (FBW) models.
European industry officials hope that relationships with regulators and other agencies will improve following recent consolidation of representative trade lobby groups. The AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), formally established earlier this year to promote and support the sector’s competitive development, already has identified several major topics for action.