Surprise, surprise: Airbus CEO Tom Enders is to be the new chief executive of the European airframer’s parent group EADS, succeeding Louis Gallois, who is due to step down—at the end of his mandate—after the company’s annual general meeting on May 31.
Antoine Ajarrista was promoted to senior vice president and general manager of Dassault Falcon’s Little Rock completion center. Ajarrista served as senior vice president of operational control at the Little Rock facility for the past three-and-a-half years. A graduate of the Ecole Centrale de Paris, with a master’s of science degree in engineering, Ajarrista was production director at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac facility before moving to Little Rock.
Dassault Falcon has promoted Antoine Ajarrista to senior vice president and general manager of its Little Rock Completion Center in Arkansas. He replaces Frederic Lherm, who was named senior vice president of industrial operations for Dassault Aviation in St. Cloud, France. As general manager, Ajarrista oversees all day-to-day operations of Dassault’s largest facility, which is responsible for the completion of nearly all Falcons. For the past three-and-a-half years he has served as senior vice president of operational control in Little Rock.
Astrium Star Airborne Data Service is at the Dubai Air Show promoting a new air-to-ground link that is designed to be faster and more relevant to airline safety economics, while also playing an important role in accident recovery and investigation.
The refurbishment of a government Airbus A330-200 (used mainly for the president) ran €33.2 million (about $46 million) over budget, according to a recent report from the “Cour des comptes,” the French equivalent of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Replacement of the engines and interior upgrades are listed as the primary reasons for the cost overrun.
The French pilots’ union, SNPL, has withdrawn its participation in the ongoing investigation of Air France Flight 447 (AF447), the Airbus A330-200 that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean while en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris in June 2009.
French air accident investigators have highlighted gaps in flight crew training and management in the latest report into the June 2009 crash of an Air France Airbus A330-200 on a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris.
Later this morning I’ll hop on a train for my biennial pilgrimage to the Paris Air Show. Thanks to the tunnel beneath the Channel connecting the UK to the mainland of Europe, and the speedy Eurostar train, it is not a long or arduous journey–not least because it no longer involves having to endure one of London’s accursed airports.
French BEA accident investigators on May 27 released factual information they have found in reading data from Air France Flight 447’s recorders, in hope of quenching speculation about responsibilities in the accident. But the information exposed an intriguing sequence of actions in the cockpit.
A statement released today by the French BEA (Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses) on the July 1, 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447 indicates that the airplane’s decent into the South Atlantic lasted three minutes, 30 seconds, during which the pilots at the controls maintained nose-up inputs.