The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) proclaims that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) represent quite possibly the most significant advancement in aviation in decades. The AUVSI says it also believes responsibility for safe operations is paramount.
The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has expanded its library of safety tools with 11 new documents for pilots, mechanics and operators. The tool kits and safety leaflets focus on four primary areas the team believes will help reduce helicopter accidents. These include safety management, training, maintenance and equipment/technology.
This year’s Canadian aerospace presence at Farnborough is larger than ever, with nearly 130 organizations attending. Although some companies have their own stands, the national pavilion (Canadian Pavilion, Hall 4 Stand C17-19), one of the largest at the show, reflects the diversity of the country’s aerospace and defense sector and, in particular, the capabilities of its regional clusters.
Andalusian aerospace cluster Hélice (Hall 1 Stand C8) is promoting the capabilities of the Spanish region’s companies and research facilities, including its flagship: Airbus’s final assembly line for the A400M military transport. Hélice is also attending the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow on behalf of about 120 other firms, some 90 percent of which are based on the Seville-Cadiz axis.
China’s first private regional airline, China Express, based in Guiyang, has finalized a $264 million deal for six Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen regional jets. The value could rise to $491 million if the carrier, which will become the first to operate NextGen models in the country, exercises options for five more of the jets. Its current fleet consists of five Bombardier 50-seat CRJ200s.
Austro Engine (Outside Exhibit 18), part of the group that owns Austria’s Diamond Aircraft, is exhibiting its new diesel and rotary engines for light aircraft and drones at the 2012 Farnborough International Airshow. The company is actively talking to other airframers about finding new applications for its AE series of diesel engines, which will include the in-development AE500.
FlightSafety International recently introduced its Proficiency Protection Program offering training at no cost to pilots and maintenance technicians in Europe and around the world who are involuntarily unemployed. The company will provide, at no cost, recurrent training courses to business aircraft pilots who were training under a full-service contract at the time they lost their jobs.
In addition, maintenance technicians who were enrolled in FSI’s master technician program can finish the next course toward the completion of the program.
Last year commercial airline Volga-Dnepr had revenues of $1.741 billion and generated a net profit of $59.3 million. At the same time, its debts rose to $186 million and, by the company’s estimates, are expected to increase by a further $250- to $300 million during 2012 as Volga-Dnepr borrows more capital money for its Boeing 747-8F acquisitions.
Europe’s A400M airlifter was named Atlas, after the Greek god who carried the world on his shoulders, last Friday in a rain-soaked ceremony at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), RAF Fairford. The aircraft, which is the first production representative aircraft (MSN6), repositioned from Fairford to the Farnborough static park yesterday.
GippsAero (Hall 1 Stand D2) is currently flight-testing its new $1.3 million GA10 turboprop single and anticipates certification by May 2013. Because so much of the GA10 is based on the current GA8 piston-powered Airvan, the Australian company’s marketing manager Mark McNamara expects an expeditious certification program using one or two aircraft. “We’re excited to have the aircraft flying and headed toward certification,” he said.