Archedyne Aerospace of Merritt Island, Fla., is still pursuing Lake Aircraft and Armand Rivard for a $1.4 million judgment, which Rivard has appealed, and development of the Archedyne NauticAir 450 has been on hold for three years during the legal wrangling, but now a group of five “advisors” has added the amphibian business jet to its proposed line of amphibian airplanes that includes designs seating 110, 210, 364 and 530 passengers.
Scott Donnelly has left his position as president and CEO of GE Aviation to take on the role of executive vice president and COO of Textron, the parent company of Cessna and Bell Helicopter. Donnelly spent 19 years at GE, most recently heading
up the company’s jet engine and aircraft systems division. David Joyce, formerly vice president for commercial engines at GE, replaces Donnelly.
Recent industry scuttlebutt that Daher Aerospace will take a majority stake in EADS Socata is likely to be confirmed next month following “exclusive negotiations” between the two companies announced last month.
Hong Kong’s Metrojet has been given the title of recognized maintenance facility and mobile repair team for Pratt & Whitney Canada engines. The appointment allows the MRO to provide additional service on P&WC engines, including components, engine changes, troubleshooting and various engine inspections.
A company that supplies high-tech, fault-resistant databus components for the Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 has launched a research project aimed at bringing low-cost fly-by-wire flight control systems to light general aviation airplanes.
Marshall Aerospace, in response to what it described as “the changing nature of the corporate market,” has restructured its corporate aviation activity by “ceasing work on Gulfstream and Bombardier aircraft types to concentrate fully on Cessna Citation maintenance and support.” The UK-based facility had been a partner with Bombardier in doing green aircraft interior completion work on the Canadian company’s Global Express.
Executives from Cobham, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, Saab and Thales are establishing an ethics strategy on the basis of existing European and U.S. regimes and have agreed to lobby the next U.S. Administration.
Switzerland’s Ruag has acquired Saab’s space business (Saab Space, based in Gothenburg), including its subsidiary, Austrian Aerospace, for 335 million Swedish Krona ($56 million) and additional consideration based on future performance. Saab said that it has “not been able to achieve sufficient synergies with other operations within Saab,” although the division was “well managed and profitable.”
HCL Technologies, a $4.9 billion company that in three decades has grown from a garage-based start-up (Hindustan Computing) into India’s fifth largest IT company, has been selected by EADS as a tier One partner to support the activities
GE Aviation and Singapore Technologies Aerospace (ST Aerospace) have signed an agreement to cooperate in engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), engine material services, aircraft support and engine and accessories repairs. The two companies also signed a 10-year repair license agreement, in which GE will give ST Aerospace access to OEM and technical data and assistance.