Canada’s largest aerospace company has apparently given up playing coy about its reliance on government support to compete in the large RJ arena. While calling for the federal government in Ottawa to help pay for the development of a new family of 100- to 125-seat jets, Bombardier president and CEO Paul Tellier threatened to build the airplane at the company’s Short Brothers division in Belfast, N.
The struggling airline industry produced another casualty last month with Boeing’s announcement that it will put the brakes on its once ambitious Air Traffic Management unit (AIN, July 2003, page 85). Boeing established the business in 2000 with the hope of convincing the federal government and airlines to overhaul ATC to include satellite-based navigation systems and sophisticated airborne data transmission.
When Paul Fulchino became Aviall’s chairman, president and CEO in December 1999, annual sales for the 70-year-old Dallas parts distributor were growing at a predictable and respectable rate. Back then, end-of-year sales totaled $371.9 million, with net earnings of $9.7 million.
Last month, Boeing-owned Alteon Training (formerly FlightSafety Boeing) announced the opening of its new $75 million training facility at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The six-acre center includes two full-motion, FAA level-D simulators for Boeing’s 717-200 and one for its 737-700/800–the latter compatible with the Boeing Business Jet.
The CTT Systems Zonal Comfort System has been ordered by Jet Aviation for a Boeing 767-300ER and is being installed as part of a major executive interior completion project by Jet Aviation’s Basel, Switzerland facility. The Swedish-built system is designed to maintain a 20-percent humidity level throughout the entire cabin without causing damaging “rain in the plane” condensation between the cabin walls and aircraft skin.
Boeing has proposed that a team headed by its Air Traffic Management business unit lead the FAA’s Traffic Flow Management Modernization program, a 12-year initiative to modernize the traffic flow infrastructure in the U.S. and add new functions and features to the system, which the FAA uses to monitor, manage and measure the flow of air traffic nationwide.
The independent aircraft interior completion manager is based on a dusty little airport on the outskirts of Fort Worth, Texas, and the airplane interior being finished is in a hangar halfway around the world, where a crown prince is awaiting delivery.
Boeing is cutting its corporate flight department to about half the number of aircraft it previously operated, reducing overall employment levels and closing satellite bases. A spokesman at the company’s corporate headquarters in Chicago told AIN that the company has sold or is selling two helicopters and five corporate jets, including one of its Boeing Business Jets.
At press time, Boeing was close to concluding a deal in which it will be selling its business-jet finance division. Boeing hopes to announce the buyer at its board meeting on May 3. The business, currently under the direction of Louis Seno, is expected to remain headquartered in Broomfield Hills, Mich. Financing for new BBJ transactions will stay with Boeing, but will be handled by the company’s offices in Renton, Wash.
Jeppesen recently kicked off a five-year plan to introduce a “fully integrated line of new JAA training products.” The first, a revised set of ATPL training texts, is scheduled to be released this fall and will replace the current ATPL manuals. Over the next three years Jeppesen will also produce training manuals for other JAA licenses and certifications, including the commercial pilot license and instrument rating.