Three major aircraft manufacturers have selected the new B/E Aerospace lavatory vacuum waste system. The system has been picked by Bombardier for the Canadian OEM’s Learjet 85, by Dassault Aviation of France for its Falcon 7X and by Brazilian manufacturer Embraer for its Legacy 450 and Legacy 500. The total value of the contracts is more than $150 million.
After successfully developing the market for airbag inflatable seatbelts in new and existing light aircraft, Phoenix Ariz.-based AmSafe Aviation is targeting growth in the airline market and also trying to persuade business jet owners of the safety benefits offered by airbag seatbelts.
Aviation Industry Corp. of China (AVIC) is undergoing another restructuring so that all of its assets are incorporated into a single company listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange. The plan would consolidate some $22 billion worth of aircraft production assets under the mantle of AVIChina as the group attempts to establish a corporate structure to match that of Boeing and Airbus.
A second copy of the Barracuda combat UAV demonstrator made four successful flights from Goose Bay, Labrador, according to EADS. The first Barracuda crashed on an early test flight in Spain in 2006. The demonstrator flew autonomously with monitoring from the ground station for safety purposes only, EADS said. The tests form part of the “Agile UAV in Network Centric Environment (NCE)” study commissioned by the German Defence Ministry.
Jet Aviation Dubai has expanded its service offerings to include base and line maintenance for the Hawker 750/800/800XP/850XP/900XP, Gulfstream G350/G450 and Embraer 135/145 under the company’s EASA approval. In addition, the FAA-approved repair station is also an authorized service center for Boeing 737s (including the BBJ), Cessna Citations, Dassault Falcons, Embraer Legacy, Gulfstreams and Hawkers.
The FAA issued Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) to Aero-Instruments yesterday for a replacement pitot probe that can be installed on the more than 4,500 Airbus A318s through A340s in the field. The new 0851HL-AI pitot probe can replace any or all of the three Thales or Goodrich probes installed on Airbus jetliners, according to Aero-Instruments vice president and general manager Ryan Mifsud.
At face value, Europe’s EADS group appeared to come off slightly worse than its U.S. rival Boeing from financial results announced in late July. EADS reported a 23-percent drop in operating profits for the first half of this year, compared with a 22-percent decline at Boeing over the same period.
Embraer E170, Washington, D.C., Feb. 17, 2008–Inadequate ground separation by the pilot of a Republic Airlines E170 was the probable cause of a taxiing collision between it and an US Airways Airbus 319. The Embraer, destined for Rochester, N.Y., was moving in the run-up area of taxiway J at Reagan National Airport when it struck a stationary A319 that was awaiting ATC clearance.
The Romanian air force took delivery of its first Alenia C-27J Spartan at Bucharest-Otopeni air base. Seven Spartans are on order to replace the last of Romania’s Communist-era transports and to bolster the transport fleet’s ability to support international operations. The last aircraft is due in 2012.
Jim Ziegler has joined Greenwich AeroGroup as president and CEO. He was previously COO of Jet Aviation, responsible for all North American operations, after a 21-year career with Learjet and Bombardier. Ziegler brought with him a deal he brokered to acquire Banner Aerospace on behalf of Greenwich AeroGroup. Banner Aerospace is a diversified group of companies with interests in parts distribution and repair and overhaul.