Embraer released its 2013 outlook yesterday, forecasting delivery of between 105 and 120 business jets this year, up from 99 last year. The forecast is for delivery of up to 90 light and 30 large-cabin business jets, compared with 77 and 22, respectively, last year. The company’s executive aviation segment is expected to contribute 25 percent of Embraer’s revenues this year.
Hawker Beechcraft, which is displaying a King Air 350i this week at Aero India in Bangalore, continues to lead the turboprop market segment in India. Citing JetNet data, the company said 82 percent of the new turboprop business aircraft delivered into India from 2002 to 2011 were King Airs, while 83 percent of the total fleet of registered business turboprops in the country are King Airs. It has also cornered the turboprop market for state and federal organizations in India, with these operators flying more than 20 King Airs in the country.
Indian-Russian joint venture Multirole Transport Aircraft Ltd (MTAL) is making its airshow debut at the Aero India event in Bangalore this week.
India is becoming an important market for Embraer, which is promoting its entire line of products at this week’s Aero India show. According to the Brazilian airframer.
India’s bid to design and develop its own indigenous civil aircraft is once again under discussion. According to government sources, a new policy decision is expected on the civil aircraft program by February 12.
India’s defense minister A K Antony today admonished the country’s Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) for “delays in delivery” and said he was “impatient” to see completion of the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) program. Antony was addressing the “Aerospace products- challenges in design to deployment” seminar held as part of the biennial Aero India show in Bangalore.
Northrop Grumman is at the Aero India show highlighting capabilities in intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) including airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) systems and the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye for maritime reconnaissance and unmanned aerial vehicles.
List Components & Furniture, a major supplier of business and private jet interior components, will open a new plant in its home city of Edlitz-Thomasberg, Austria, in May.
The company specializes in development and product definition of high-end components and monuments and is known for its quality wood and lightweight stone veneers and metallic surfaces.
Its client list includes OEMs Bombardier and Embraer, which have chosen List to provide cabinetry for the Learjet 45 and Legacy 500. The company already supplies cabinetry for Embraer’s Lineage 1000 bizliner.
Atlantic Aviation has closed its FBO at Southern California’s Ontario International Airport (ONT). The company had been operating on a short-term holdover arrangement since its lease expired in late 2011, while it pondered the future of its location at the airport.
Russian Helicopters and Elcom Systems, part of Indian investment conglomerate Sun Group, have signed an agreement to create a factory, in India, for building Russian Helicopters’ Mi- and Ka- brands. The first model to be produced will be the Ka-226T light twin. The joint venture will manufacture “key helicopter units” and perform final assembly. It will even have ground and flight-test capability. Another agreement was reached to create a training organization for pilots and maintenance technicians.