“It’s true we may have been a bit complacent; we were maybe arrogant,” Eric Martel, president of Bombardier customer services and specialized and amphibious aircraft, said of his company’s past attitude to business-jet product support on Monday at the 2012 Bombardier Maintenance & Operations (M&O) Conference for the Learjet, Challenger and Global in Montréal, Québec.
Eurocopter Japan held an opening ceremony earlier this week for its $50 million facility at Kobe Airport. The opening marks a 50-year relationship between Eurocopter and Japan that began with the introduction of the Alouette II. It also marks the merger of Eurocopter Japan T&E, a provider of maintenance, repair, overhaul and engineering services, into Eurocopter Japan, which was established in 2009 to handle sales, training, logistics and technical support.
Derco Repair Services, an avionics element of Sikorsky Aerospace Services based in Milwaukee, has introduced an intermittent fault detection and isolation system (IFDIS) that helps pinpoint intermittent faults in electrical components.
Wichita-based Mid-Continent Instruments has changed its name to Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics. The company says the new name better describes its capabilities and underscores its commitment to provide general aviation repair facilities with a range of services supporting avionics, instruments and power solutions. Services include custom design, manufacturing, overhaul/exchange and repair. The company’s Van Nuys, Calif. facility provides new instrument sales and instrument overhaul.
Research Frontiers and licensee Vision Systems announced at the Aircraft Interiors World Expo in Hamburg, Germany, that Vision Systems is investing $750,000 to expand its existing factory in France and will add a production facility dedicated to the manufacture of its SPD-Smart Nuance and Noctis electronically dimmable windows and cabin dividers.
It also plans to establish a similar factory in the U.S. next year for production of SPD-Smart products, including SPD-Smart Nuance and Noctis.
BizJet International of Tulsa, Okla., a Lufthansa Technik subsidiary, has signed an agreement with Boeing that gives BizJet the status of an approved completion center and an official member of the Boeing Business Jet completion network.
According to BizJet president and CEO Kai Roepke, the agreement allows the center to offer refurbishment, green completion and maintenance services for Boeing aircraft.
Honeywell is moving aggressively to revitalize its Part 23 aircraft avionics division, Bendix/King, which was the dominant player until the ascension of Garmin, Avidyne and the like. In recent months the company has hired a new CEO, former Piper Aircraft president Kevin Gould, who is in the process of building a new management team and hiring more engineers as the company moves into the glass-panel age.
Hawker Beechcraft lost $632.8 million last year, according to the 10-K form it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.
Tornadoes that tore through Wichita on Saturday night left a path of destruction at several aircraft manufacturers but thankfully no fatalities. Damage at Hawker Beechcraft was “limited and isolated damage to the roof” of Plant IV, where final assembly of business jets and turboprops is performed, a company spokeswoman told AIN. “There is no effect on operations,” she added. Repair is under way on the building and employees have been reporting for work as scheduled this week.
GAMA released its revised 2011 annual report today, now that Hawker Beechcraft has issued its fourth-quarter and Fiscal Year 2011 financial results. Turboprop deliveries fell from 368 aircraft in 2010 to 361 last year, down 1.9 percent, while business jet shipments descended to 703, down 7.9 percent from 763 jets in 2010. Billings decreased slightly to $19.644 billion last year, down 0.4 percent from $19.715 billion in 2010.