Yesterday Eagle Aviation took delivery of this Tecnam MMA light surveillance platform here at the Dubai Airshow. It is intended for use in the Middle East for pipeline patrol duties. The MMA is the Italian Tecnam P2006T light twin outfitted with a special mission suite by systems integrator Airborne Technologies of Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Eagle signed up for the aircraft at this year’s Paris Air Show in June, specifying the Wescam MX-10 sensor ball and Broadcast Microwave Systems downlink system. Celebrating the delivery of the San Marino-registered MMA were Aftab H.
Farnborough, UK-based Gama Group continues to grow, opening its new aircraft management base at Switzerland’s Geneva Airport last month and announcing a range of investments at Glasgow Airport in Scotland for next year, including a new hangar and executive aircraft handling terminal.
Last month the company celebrated the first year of operations at Fairoaks Airport near Farnborough, where it established Gama Engineering at what was the birthplace of the Gama company in the 1980s.
Not many people in defense circles have heard of the Tecnam P2006T light twin, but two of these Italian-built aircraft were on display at Farnborough International to highlight the type’s suitability to perform a range of surveillance and maritime patrol duties at a low cost.
Among this year’s Dubai debutantes are a pair of light aircraft from Sudan. The SAFAT-02 is a light helicopter for training and the SAFAT-03 is a basic fixed-wing trainer. The aircraft are products of the SAFAT Aviation Complex (Stand W472), which was established at Khartoum Airport in 2004.
Aviation research specialist Conklin & de Decker (Booth No. N2317) has awarded its fourth annual Alan H. Conklin Business Aviation Management scholarship prize to Embry-Riddle senior Christine Dow. She will receive $5,000 toward her studies, having won the award for her passion for aviation.