Hawker Pacific is celebrating its continued growth beyond Australia and into the wider Asia Pacific region by formally opening its new Singapore operation during the airshow here this week.
Push-back tugs and taxiing aircraft with engines powered up may well, in a few years, be seen as remnants of the past. Two exhibitors here at the Singapore Airshow are studying electric motors that would drive the aircraft’s wheels on the ground.
Air Works, India’s only third-party maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider in commercial aviation, is making large investments to enter the general aviation market for heavy maintenance and, at the same time, is putting down roots in Europe, with the imminent opening of a new aircraft paint facility at Bratislava Airport in Slovakia. The 60-year-old company already claims to hold a 30- to 40-percent share of the general aviation MRO sector in India.
The U.S. strategic tilt toward the Asia Pacific region plays to Raytheon Co.’s strength in active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar, a key technology being used and sought by countries in the region to enhance the capabilities of their legacy fourth-generation fighters.
Airbus Military has embarked on a major program to assist the Indonesian aerospace industry expand its capabilities and to put the plane-maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI - Indonesian Aerospace) back on its feet after suffering heavy losses accumulated after the Asian economic crisis in the late 1990s. In October the two companies signed a teaming agreement defining the initiatives of the initial 18-month phase of the recovery plan, following a strategic collaboration agreement signed last July.
Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have teamed to offer a pod-mounted radar surveillance system that can easily be fitted to transport aircraft or medium-sized helicopters. The Vigilance system is being marketed as a viable alternative to expensive, role-dedicated airborne platforms. It also offers maritime and overland reconnaissance options, thanks to the versatility of modern AESA radar technology.
Gulfstream Aerospace is expanding its pre-owned aircraft sales to include aircraft brokerage services. Dubbed Gulfstream Preowned Brokerage, the service will use the company’s worldwide customer and prospect database to present sellers’ aircraft. Gulfstream will also assist buyers with finance options and competitive rates, as well as consultation for aircraft customization. New owners will also be able to take advantage of Gulfstream aircraft programs, including prepaid parts program PlaneParts.
The Chinese Year of the Dragon is off to an auspicious beginning, at least for Jackie Chan, who took delivery of his Embraer Legacy 650 late last week. The aircraft, which is adorned with dragons and Chan’s personal logo emblazoned on the tail, is the first Legacy 650 to be delivered into China. Chan will also serve as the official brand ambassador to Embraer, promoting its entire line of aircraft in the China market and globally.
Gulfstream Aerospace donated $50,000 to Corporate Angel Network, which arranges free flights to treatment for cancer patients using empty seats on business aircraft. Gulfstream was one of the first corporate flight departments to join as a CAN participant in 1982 and has donated both flight time and funds to the organization. “When treatment centers are far from home CAN provides free flights, allowing patients to travel without compromising their weakened immune systems,” said Gulfstream president Larry Flynn.
Following damage to the aft spar of a Cessna 525 Citation CJ, Jet Aviation Zurich designed and built the necessary tools, including a wing support bench, an aircraft hoist, movable jacks and a fuselage support, to enable removal of the wings for mandatory OEM repair. Technicians glided the wings out from under the aircraft, one side at a time, and hoisted them into a handcrafted two-ton crate for transport.
“It was a big, heavy task that required more than 250 man-hours just to prepare for,” said Jakob Straub, vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation Zurich.