Zenith Aviation, a distributor of Dornier 328 parts and spares, is seeking multiple aircraft parts and spares consignment opportunities. The company recently invested more than $3 million in additional climate-controlled warehouse space and an automated inventory storage and retrieval system. The 44,000-sq-ft warehouse can hold up to 500,000 individual line items. According to the company, the consignor retains title to the parts until they leave the Zenith warehouse.
Gulfstream Aerospace has appointed William Gibson as director of product support global distribution. In this newly created position, Gibson will manage all processes, procedures and operations related to the movement and warehousing of parts throughout the Gulfstream Product Support global distribution network. For the past 10 years Gibson worked for Honeywell, most recently as senior manager of customer operations for its space and defense segment.
Cirrus Aircraft announced the expansion of its Grand Forks, N.D. facility to accommodate a new autoclave oven in preparation for production of the all-composite Vision SF50 jet. Modifications to the Grand Forks plant began in May and the autoclave was delivered late last week, with installation now under way.
“The building housing the autoclave will be constructed around this large piece of equipment,” Cirrus said, “and is expected to be complete by the end of July with a fully operational autoclave by mid-August.”
Marenco Swisshelicopter has selected Donaldson Aerospace & Defense to provide the fuel filtration system for its new Skye SH09 helicopter. The equipment will protect the performance of the Honeywell HTS900-2 turboshaft that will power the eight-seat helicopter. Donaldson specializes in making lightweight, advanced filtration systems.
At the Paris Air Show in 2009 Liebherr Aerospace & Transportation and Thales Avionics Electrical Systems announced a memorandum of agreement covering a range of business and technological initiatives in the field of power-optimized aircraft. The first joint research project is being showcased here in the form of a mock-up of the GETI test platform.
Smac Aero, a Toulon, France-based company specializing in elastomers for soundproofing and vibration dampening, is here at the Paris Air Show (Hall 2B Stand C140-158) exhibiting Smacpreg, a combination of pre-impregnated (prepreg) carbon fibers with a layer of rubber. As CEO Philippe Robert emphasized during a visit to the company’s development and production facilities, the new product is suited to fiber placement robots.
Cabin technology appears to be moving at the speed of light, and more evidence of that rapid advance can be found here at the Panasonic and Thales exhibits in the form of eye-tracking and hand-gesture video controls.
To automobile mass-producers, automation in the aerospace manufacturing probably looks fundamentally immature. However, Boeing’s efforts in introducing robotics into 777 production at its widebody plant in Everett, Washington, have translated into some considerable efficiency gains following the company’s transition some eight years ago to a moving, U-shaped assembly line and simultaneous implementation of lean production processes.
The pre-owned business jet market showed “incremental weakness” last month, according to the latest business jet monthly report from J.P.Morgan North American Equity Research. “A single month does not make a trend, but May used-market data, including a sequential increase in inventory by 0.4 percentage points and 3.6-percent decline in pricing not seen since the first half of 2009, suggest that business jet demand will remain weak,” it said.
Pre-owned business jet and turboprop inventories continued their downward trajectory last month, according to data released yesterday by business aviation market information firm JetNet. But the overall picture of the pre-owned market remains mixed at best.