European aerospace firms will have an opportunity to evaluate the potential for manufacturing investments and partnerships in Mexico at the MexicoNow conferences to be held in London and Toulouse. On January 27, the first conference will convene at the Hilton London Heathrow Airport Hotel, before the Mexican industry delegation moves on to France for a January 29 conference at the Hotel Sofitel Toulouse Centre.
Airbus last month established the Airbus Corporate Foundation to coordinate charitable activities among its employees, aviation associations and international organizations. The foundation launched operations December 1, with Airbus president and CEO Tom Enders as president of the board of directors. It will focus its resources on humanitarian and community support, youth development and the environment.
Global Express operators have another option for 4C/8C inspections. Innotech Aviation now offers the major airframe inspections at its Montreal P.E. Trudeau International Airport facility.
European helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland and Russian conglomerate Oboronprom last month signed an agreement for a civil AW139 final assembly line near Moscow, less than six months after announcing the project’s outlines.
NASA and Gulfstream last month wrapped up six weeks of flight testing at the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB in California aimed at proving whether pilots can use high-definition video cameras and LCD monitors to take off and land a supersonic business jet (SSBJ) in lieu of natural forward vision.
Concluding a transaction first announced in August, General Dynamics last month finalized its purchase of Jet Aviation at a cost of approximately $2.18 billion from Dreamliner Lux, a company controlled by the Permira Funds.
J.R. “Rick” Hundley has been named president and CEO of San Antonio-based M7 Aerospace, succeeding Ron Frederick, who is retiring in December. Hundley previously was a senior executive at consulting firm Business Strategies International, aerospace manufacturing and service organization Safran USA, Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics.
Al Jaber Aviation, a subsidiary of the Al Jaber Group in Abu Dhabi, today at the Middle East Business Aviation convention in Dubai unveiled details of its entry into the VIP and corporate aviation market by announcing a $1.2 billion investment for the acquisition of 21 corporate jets and bizliners.
Reed Exhibitions, organizer of Asian Aerospace in Hong Kong, said exhibitor commitments are up 60 percent compared with the same period before the last show held there in 2007. Boeing, Bombardier, Lufthansa Technik, SR Technics, MTU and CFM
AMAC Aerospace, launched in July last year, is ready for business in the first of two new hangars at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg, Switzerland. According to CEO Heinz Köhli, the start-up maintenance, refurbishment and completion center officially opened its doors yesterday but had already begun work on its first product, an Airbus A320 executive interior for a Middle East client.