Russia has approached India again with an offer for MiG-35 fighters. The move comes as negotiations drag on to finalize a contract for the Dassault Rafale, which was declared the winner of the medium multirole combat aircraft (MMRCA) competition in January last year.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) announced a partnership with Canadian software house OMX, in connection with that country’s joint unmanned surveillance and target acquisition system (Justas) requirement. GA-ASI is already teamed with simulation specialist CAE to offer the Predator B and/or Predator C Avenger to Canada.
Japanese authorities on Friday followed the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in formally approving Boeing’s modifications to the 787’s battery system.
Diamond Aircraft is exhibiting a mockup of a DA50 single with a 450-shp Motor Sich-Ivchenko AI450S turboprop engine this week at Aero Friedrichshafen 2013 in Germany. This engine would improve the performance of the seven-seat airplane, which was announced in 2006 with a 275-hp diesel engine as the DA50 SuperStar. Since then the SuperStar’s development stalled and it has yet to be certified, even though this milestone was originally planned for mid-2010.
Eurocopter performed a demonstration flight today with an “optionally piloted vehicle” (OPV) version of the EC145 light twin helicopter, aiming eventually at unmanned operations such as automated surveillance and cargo with any of its models. Secret flight-testing began early this month at an air force base in Istres, France.
Aviation trade group support is growing quickly for The Dependable Air Service Act, introduced yesterday by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), which would permit the FAA to transfer funds between areas in the DOT budget and thus end sequestration-related furloughs of air traffic controllers. “Even with relatively clear weather, there have been more than 5,000 flight delays over the past three days,” double the tally from a year ago, Natca said.
Peterborough, Ontario-based Flying Colours has been appointed an authorized service center for the Beechcraft King Air, Baron and Bonanza. With the designation, the company can provide maintenance, modifications, refurbishment and paintwork services for these airplanes. Flying Colours and its St. Louis-based subsidiary, JetCorp Tech Services, were appointed as authorized service facilities for all in-production Bombardier jets in October.
An $8 billion order commitment signed by China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) on Thursday marked a thawing of China’s freeze on a purchase of Airbus widebodies imposed in protest of the European Union’s emissions trading scheme (ETS).
“Our customers will get 24/7 global free-of-charge troubleshooting hotline support for up to 10 man hours as an airside assistance regardless of where the aircraft operates,” said Walter Heerdt, senior v-p of marketing and sales. “This means that after signing a standby support agreement, no further fees or charges will apply until the customer requests additional service at prior agreed-to prices and conditions.”
Engineering and troubleshooting questions will be handled by Lufthansa Technik’s central maintenance control center.
ExecuJet Aviation Group’s ExecuJet Africa is expanding its Cape Town International Airport facility’s support capability to include the Bombardier Dash 8/Q300. The MRO currently has one Dash 8/Q300 undergoing C-check base maintenance in its 64,500-sq-ft Cape Town hangar and is preparing for an influx of Dash 8/Q300s to undergo maintenance at the facility by the end of April.
ExecuJet had previously carried out C-check base maintenance on Dash 8s at its Lanseria International Airport facility.