If you’re looking to experience a touch of luxury in Singapore, you could do worse than to visit the Airbus stand on the static display where the European manufacturer is exhibiting one of its ACJ318 corporate jets for the first time here at the air show.
Irkut has brought a full-scale mockup of its nascent MC-21 short- to medium-range midsize airliner to Singapore, giving visitors their first chance to see up-close the shape of things to come in the design of Russian civil aircraft.
Hawker Pacific (Chalet CD31) is opening a new FBO plus a aircraft sales and support services facility at Seletar Airport, joining many other well-known companies that have been setting up in the Seletar Aerospace Park. The company, which has had a presence in Singapore for the past 35 years, will officially launch its new FBO location during this week’s airshow.
Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) has opened a $30 million widebody hangar at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport, joining two others at the site. The 91,500-sq-ft building has a 115-foot ceiling and has space for a widebody and a pair of narrowbodies to be worked on simultaneously.
According to Singapore government figures, the aerospace industry here comprises more than 100 companies employing 18,000 people. Over the past 20 years, it has grown by a compound 12 percent. The total annual output is now $5.8 billion and the value added to the economy is $2.25 billion. The totals do not include airline or airport activity.
Singapore-based MRO provider ST Aerospace, one of the world’s largest MRO providers, announced that it finished out 2011 on a high note, securing $350 million in new contracts for the fourth quarter alone. The firm’s aircraft maintenance and modification group reported deals involving base and heavy maintenance, interior refurbishments and conversions of passenger aircraft to cargo-hauling configuration. By the end of the quarter, ST Aerospace (Booth G01) redelivered 101 aircraft for airframe-related maintenance and modification work, including converting five Boeing 757-200 freighters for FedEx Express.
FOCUS on…AUTOROTATION TRAINING “Infrequent autorotation training is dangerous,” said Chad Oakley, chief pilot at the Bell Academy, yesterday at a Heli-Expo training session called, “Autorotations, Reality Exposed.” Other participants at the one-hour session–pilots, instructors, and representatives from the FAA, NTSB, OEMs, and several fleet operators–agreed.
Jeffrey Pino, CEO of Sikorsky Aircraft was all smiles as he delivered the State of Sikorsky Briefing at Heli-Expo 2012. Orders are up overall, as of December 2011, and with the worldwide fleet of large helicopters now averaging 30 years old, or older, he expects more helicopter orders are imminent. Here are a few of the highlights from Pino’s briefing.
* Sikorsky sold $7.4 billion in helicopters in 2011.
Bond Aviation Group signed a contract to purchase 16 Sikorsky S-92 helicopters at Heli-Expo 2012, the largest single order for S-92s ever recorded. Sikorsky will begin delivering the aircraft in groups of four-to-five a year starting in the second quarter of 2013.
Carey Bond, chief marketing officer for Sikorsky, welcomed the Bond (no relation) aviation group to the Sikorsky family with a celebratory contract signing and a toast at the Sikorsky exhibit booth (No. 6148).
Noordzee Helikopters Vlaanderen (NHV) has signed a deal for 10 new Eurocopter EC175 medium helicopters. The deal was announced here yesterday at Heli-Expo. Deliveries will begin this year and continue into 2015. NHV currently operates a fleet that includes 17 Eurocopter Dauphins and one EC145.