Paulding Northwest Regional Airport near Atlanta was heavily damaged when it was struck by an F-3 tornado on the night of March 2. Among the airport’s casualties was a hangar that partially collapsed, destroying 18 aircraft including a Cessna Citation III. A Learjet 25 that was parked nearby on the ramp escaped with only minor damage. The airport’s main building also suffered structural damage. No one was present at the airfield when the twister hit. According to airport authorities, the storm caused more than $7 million in damage to the aircraft and the facility.
Eurofighter signed a new, five-year support contract with NETMA, the NATO management agency that represents the four European partner nations in the combat aircraft program. As before, the Eurofighter industrial partners will deliver support to the individual air forces. Alenia values its part of the deal, to support the Italian air force, at more than $660 million. BAE Systems says its contract to support the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is worth $708.5 million. EADS values its future support to the German and Spanish air forces at more than $1.1 billion.
The field of companies offering armed scout helicopters to the U.S. Army and other militaries has grown with the addition of MD Helicopters, which is proposing the MD 540F, an upgrade of its MD 530F light helicopter, equipped with a weapons management system from Israel’s Elbit Systems. The offering is based on the same airframe MD Helicopters supplies to Boeing for the AH-6i, which is also a competitor for the Army’s armed aerial scout (AAS) program.
International Water-Guard Industries has signed a letter of agreement with Embraer to provide its IWG-A4 ultraviolet water treatment unit as optional equipment on the Brazilian OEM’s Legacy 600 and 650.
The first installation will go into Embraer’s Legacy 650 demonstrator at the company plant in Saõ Jose dos Campos, Brazil. The installation has been designed by IWG at its facilities in Burnaby, British Columbia and by its Brazilian partner, Avionics Services of São Paulo, Brazil.
The Falcon 2000S has completed its first year of flight testing, having logged “nearly 300 flight hours in more than 100 flights,” Dassault announced yesterday. The twinjet so far has confirmed its “expected performance.”
Features include inboard slats and an autobrake system that allow shorter landings.
Bombardier Aerospace announced on Tuesday that Arab Wings of Amman, Jordan is the first operator in the Middle East to take delivery of a Global 5000, which features the Bombardier Global Vision flight deck. The new Global joins Arab Wings’ fleet of business jets, which also includes a Challenger 604 and 605. The Vision flight deck is based on the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics suite.
China’s Civil Aviation Authority issued the Comac ARJ21-700 type inspection authorization in late February, allowing it to begin the final process of flight-test certification, according to the state-run China Daily.
Estonian Air has chosen Embraer’s line of E-Jets to revamp its entire fleet of narrow-body and regional jets, Embraer announced in late February. The national flag carrier of Estonia and the Brazilian manufacturer have signed a contract for the purchase of three E175s and one E190. Estonian Air also plans to take eight more Embraer aircraft–four E170s and four E190s–under a combination of lease agreements with third parties and leasing companies. At press time the direct purchase from Embraer remained subject to the approval of Estonian Air’s Supervisory Council.
Bombardier delivered the first Global 5000 equipped with the Global Vision flight deck on March 25 during a delivery ceremony at its Montreal, Canada headquarters. Global Vision, which is based on a Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite, features three large LCD cockpit displays as well as an LCD-based head-up display.
Boeing and BizJet International recently signed a supplemental license agreement giving BizJet the status of a Boeing Approved Completion Center and making it an official member of Boeing’s BBJ completion network. BizJet has invested approximately $6 million in the expansion of its infrastructure, including the extension of shops, acquisition of new equipment and employee training.
With approximately 320 employees, BizJet offers MRO services for VIP and business aircraft, including the Airbus ACJ and Boeing BBJ, as well as FBO services.