At its annual meeting last week, the Florida Aviation Trades Association decided to changed its name to Florida Aviation Business Association to better describe exactly who the organization is and what it represents. Now FABA, its members include FBOs, aircraft dealers, aviation insurers, charter operators, industry consultants and aircraft manufacturers, among others. During the meeting, the association also elected Deric Dymerski of Atlas Aviation as its president and Signature Flight Support’s Mike French as its vice president/secretary/treasurer.
Irkut and the Yakovlev Design Bureau announced at the Paris Air Show this week that they expect Bangladesh to sign up for the Yak-130 trainer/light attack platform before the end of the year. If this happens, the nation will join a growing number of nations that have ordered the type, including Belarus last December.
Rockwell Collins has signed a series of contracts to supply the Bristow Group, SunExpress Airlines and Iberia Airlines with various avionics equipment. This includes TCAS for Bristow’s 44 Sikorsky helicopters and a package to allow the airline customers to comply with Eurocontrol’s Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) requirement.
European turboprop manufacturer ATR and German maintenance specialist Rheinland Air Service (RAS) on June 10 signed a service and collaboration agreement appointing RAS as a new member of ATR’s network of partner maintenance centers. Rheinland’s facility in Monchengladbach specializes in the heavy maintenance of ATR airframes.
ATR operators in Europe now number about 60. RAS concentrates on versions of the ATR 42 and the ATR 72, while also offering services on the Boeing 737, Airbus A319 and Bombardier and Fokker models.
ST Aerospace announced that it has been awarded an exclusive component maintenance-by-the-hour contract worth $28 million by Spring Airlines Japan. This contract involves component repair management support for 22 of Spring Airlines Japan’s Boeing 737-800s.
Under the agreement, ST Aerospace will provide support for component repair and warranty management, as well as consignment and pool access to its global rotables inventory pool. It expects the new contract to take effect in the second half of 2013 and stretch over eight years.
Qatar Airways placed a firm order for a pair of Boeing 777-300ERs and signed a commitment for another seven on the opening day of the Paris Air Show. Boeing places the value of the nine airplanes at $2.8 billion, based on list prices. Also holding an outstanding order for seven 777s, Qatar Airways plans to increase the size of its present fleet of 35 Boeing 777s to 51.
General Electric GE90-115Bs power the 777-300ER. GE places the value of the engine commitment at $600 million.
BAE Systems expects that the U.S. and Korean governments will sign a letter of offer and acceptance later this year authorizing the foreign military sale (FMS) of BAE’s F-16 avionics and weapons upgrade to the Republic of Korea Air Force. The company provided an update on the Korean program and a sales pitch for further F-16 upgrades during a Paris Air Show briefing on Tuesday.
On static display at the Paris Air Show is the Patroller, a new medium-altitude long-endurance (Male) UAV, which has been developed by Sagem from the German Stemme S15 motor glider. The Safran subsidiary will propose it for a French Army requirement for 30 tactical UAVs, and it will compete against the Thales Watchkeeper. The latter has received more publicity, but Sagem is quietly suggesting that its long-winged bird is better.
On Tuesday at the Paris Air Show Boeing Defense, Space and Security announced an agreement with Embraer Defesa & Segurança to lead sales efforts of the Embraer KC-390 medium airlifter in the U.S. and UK and in select states in the Middle East. Boeing will also be the prime for sustainment and training in those territories, with Embraer providing the aircraft and assistance. The deal is part of the over-arching teaming agreement announced last year. Boeing and Embraer foresee an addressable market of 700 aircraft in the medium mobility market.
SS White Technologies (Hall 6, A60), supplier of aerospace flexible rotary shafts, is providing its shafts to transmit power to activate the thrust reversal actuation systems on the nacelle of the Pratt & Whitney Pure Power engine for the Airbus A320neo. The company is also providing flexible shafts to activate bomb bay doors on the new Kawasaki P1 maritime patrol aircraft presently under development to replace the PC-3 fleet. The first two operational aircraft were delivered in March.