Making its first flight just days before the show, the Beechcraft King Air 350ER special mission aircraft is making a debut appearance here at Le Bourget. Building on Raytheon’s extensive experience in producing some 3,000-plus aircraft in this category, the 350ER differs from its predecessors in offering a total solution in terms of both platform and payload.
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Jet Aviation has dropped plans to build an FBO at Kuwait International Airport. Asked for a status report on the facility that was due to have opened late last year, Jet Aviation told AIN that it has “discontinued the cooperation with the local partners in Kuwait and the project has been stopped.” The Swiss-based group said that it is now focusing future business development on Europe, Asia, South America and the U.S.
L-3 Communications chairman Frank Lanza arrived at the Paris Air Show mere days after proposing the biggest business deal of his tenure with the company, the $2 billion acquisition of defense contractor Titan Corp.
The Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) blue-and-white flying-saucer-shaped pavilion has become one of the long-standing landmarks at Le Bourget. This year, the building has been transformed into a large stand-up 3-D theater in which the viewer gets a futuristic view of how IAI products can be employed to provide a full range of defense and homeland security solutions.
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.
Although not backed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security research-and-development fund, at least four other antimissile systems are vying to protect civil aircraft from the Manpad threat: L-3 Avisys of the U.S., and Israeli groups Elisra, ELTA/IMI and Elop.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is about to oversee tests of antimissile airliner protection equipment on board an American Airlines Boeing 767. By year-end, three aircraft are to be used for testing prototype equipment under development by Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems as officials seek to resolve whether the systems can be sufficiently effective and affordable for mass deployment on civil airliners.
Less than one day after a joint letter from the NBAA and several other associations was sent to Brazilian prosecutors thanking them for their part in getting the “criminal authority” to release two U.S. corporate pilots, Brazilian federal police on Friday charged the two airmen with “endangering air safety” in the September 29 collision of their Embraer Legacy 600 with a Gol Airlines 737.
BAE Systems has begun trials of its Jeteye laser-based system for protecting commercial airliners from man-portable missile attack. These are due to be completed by the end of January, when a U.S. supplementary type certificate is due to be issued.
Abu Dhabi will host the first-ever Arab Aviation Security Conference Feb. 6 to 9, 2006, and two months later, on April 3 to 6, Dubai will host the region’s largest aviation and maritime security event: the Airport, Port and Transport Security-Middle East (APTS-ME).