The Boeing 787-3 program appears all but dead after Boeing vice president of marketing Randy Tinseth yesterday expressed grave doubts about the market viability of the short-range version of the present 787-8. “This is an airplane that is designed for the Japanese market. We have no Japanese customers. We have no customers for it at all,” said Tinseth. “I would find it far fetched to believe that we’ll proceed with that airplane.”
Singapore Air Show » February 3, 2010
Confirmation of the serious problems in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter development came yesterday when U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates dramatically fired the Marine general running the program. Maj. Gen. David Heinz, the program executive officer, took the blame for the delays and cost increases that have mounted in recent months. Gates also withheld $614 million in performance fees from prime contractor Lockheed Martin.
Singapore’s choice of an advanced jet training system is due next month and could be crucial to the future export prospects of Italy’s M-346 Master and Korea’s T-50 Golden Eagle. These dissimilar training jets have been bid here by rival prime contractors, ST Aero and Lockheed Martin, respectively.
Cessna Aircraft has completed all certification testing on its new Citation CJ4 business jet and is in the final stages of U.S. Federal Aviation Administration type certification approvals. Three CJ4 test aircraft have completed more than 1,100 flights and accumulated more than 2,000 flight hours.
Dassault’s Falcon 7X business jet has received its type certification from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC). All in-production Falcons are now certified in the country, the French-based manufacturer added. Salesmen are very optimistic about sales in the region this year.
Singapore-based Stratech Systems Ltd. yesterday signed an agreement covering the establishment of a joint venture with Israeli UAV specialists Aeronautics. The new entity, Stratech Aeronautics, will operate from Singapore and will initially fo-
cus on the Asia-Pacific region. Not only will the new teaming enhance and market its existing products, but will ultimately develop new offerings.
German company BCT is exhibiting its adaptive machining systems for the manufacture and overhaul of gas turbine engine components. The company claims that by automatically compensating for part-to-part deviations and inaccurate clamping positions, its system can improve accuracy and throughput while lowering costs.
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) will step up plans this year to expand its operations with the delivery of three new helicopters. First Admiral Zammani Mohd Amin, the agency’s director of Air Wing operations, told AIN that it will continue to grow.
Aircraft research and information provider JetNet is displaying a series of enhancements to its Evolution software interface here at the Singapore Airshow. The biggest change, according to the company, involves a set of “Views,” or summary pages, that gather information from throughout the Evolution program and compile it into single screens of lists, graphs and tables for easy assessment of market status and trends.
Sweden’s Nova Airlines has ordered zonal drying systems from humidity control specialist CTT System for installation on three Airbus A321s. The contract calls for CTT to install the systems in the aircraft in April and May of this year.
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