Helibras is displaying the first example of the EC130T2 to arrive in Brazil this week at LABACE. This latest version of the helicopter introduces new features that the company hopes will maintain the EC130’s position as the dominant type in the large single-engine helicopter marketplace. Having arrived just a few weeks ago from the Eurocopter factory, the EC130T2 was reassembled at the Helibras facility at Itajubá, where it was also painted with a new type of ecologically friendly water-based paint.
Helicopter service, support and manufacturing specialist Helibras (Helicópteros do Brasil) recently received authorization from France’s DGAC aviation authority to produce the Eurocopter EC225 in Brazil.
The French Air Force accepted its first A400M airlifter on August 2, when an all-military crew flew the first production aircraft–MSN7–from Seville to its operational base at Orleans. The flight followed a July 31 declaration by the pan-European procurement agency OCCAR that Airbus Military had achieved the contracted specifications for the initial operating capability of the new airlifter.
Airbus Corporate Jet Centre has strengthened its Asian market position with the signing of a contract to design and outfit an executive Airbus ACJ319.
With a luxurious interior described by the Toulouse, France-based center as a subtle combination of Asian culture, innovative technology and modern design, the creation by ACJC Design Studio head Sylvain Mariat will give the customer “a very special home and office in the sky,” said ACJC CEO Benoit Defforge.
Netherlands-based Aviation Glass & Technology has reached an agreement with Airbus Corporate Jet Centre to supply a range of glass and mirrored glass products.
According to Aviation Glass CEO Frans van Hapert, “The crystal-clear UV-resistant glass is 20- to 25-percent lighter than its polycarbonate alternative [and] the superior damage- and scratch-resistance of the glass in all aircraft applications meets growing industry demands to reduce life-cycle costs.”
Encouraged by a bounty of sales commitments during the Paris Air Show, Airbus parent company EADS now predicts that the civil airframer will receive orders for 300 more aircraft than it previously projected for this year. While releasing its half-year financial results on July 31, EADS said it expects Airbus will receive orders for at least 1,000 airplanes and deliver between 600 and 610, up from last year’s 588.
Less than three years after it was renamed Cassidian, the defense and security business of EADS is being rebranded again. In fact, the EADS name will disappear in a reorganization that includes application of the “globally recognized Airbus brand” to all the group’s activities. “We affirm the predominance of commercial aeronautics in our group,” said CEO Tom Enders.
European aerospace behemoth EADS has aligned its brand with its aircraft manufacturing division to become simply Airbus Group, and is also applying the Airbus brand to its two other main divisions. Thus, Eurocopter will become Airbus Helicopters, and the defense and space divisions, Cassidian and Astrium, will be merged into one unit–Airbus Defence and Space–representing the third division.
The EASA approved the interim solution–a combination of vibration monitoring, inspections and part modification–that Eurocopter devised for the EC225 to address main gearbox (MGB) lubrication issues after the type experienced two controlled ditchings last year. The manufacturer’s fix is intended to reduce the likelihood of an undetected crack, leading to in-flight rupture and ditching, to one per billion flight hours. At issue is the bevel gear vertical shaft, a part that is critical to main gearbox lubrication.
European aerospace conglomerate EADS reported increased revenues and profitability for the first half of the year on Wednesday, driven mainly by its Airbus commercial aircraft business. The company said it will rebrand itself next year as the Airbus Group to emphasize the predominance of its commercial business.