Major suppliers of indigenous Indian aerospace and defense equipment should ensure at least 50 percent of the equipment is procured from original suppliers, while the rest could be outsourced, an industry seminar in Bangalore was told on Monday. “Multiple vendors often come with allied issues, resulting in poor product support.
A record number of pre-owned business jets changed hands worldwide last year, with 2,240 retail sales transactions logged, up from the previous peak of 2,181 in 2007, according to data released yesterday by business aircraft research firm JetNet. This high point follows three years of gains from the low of 1,539 transactions in 2009, the company added.
GE announced it has agreed to purchase the aviation business of Avio, an Italy-based manufacturer of aviation propulsion components and systems for civil and military aircraft, for $4.3 billion.GE will acquire Avio’s aviation business from Cinven, the European private equity firm that has owned Avio since 2006, and Finmeccanica, the Italian aerospace group. The acquisition of Avio’s aviation business, which provides components for GE Aviation and other engine companies, would further GE’s participation in jet propulsion.
The ever-increasing use of composites in aerospace has given rise to technological advances not only in aerodynamics but in so-called green disciplines. Engineers have studied different processes for decades, and recycled composites from Boeing 787s have already found their way onto recreational products such as kayak paddles.
Liebherr Aerospace (Booth No. 1316) has delivered its first flap actuation system for the new Bombardier Learjet 85. Liebherr also is designing, manufacturing, and qualifying the air management system on the aircraft. The company currently supplies a variety of components for Bombardier jets including landing gear. Liebherr Aerospace and Transportation Systems employs more than 4,000 and has aviation equipment production plants in Germany, France, Brazil and Russia as well as customer centers in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Germany, Russia, Dubai, Singapore and China.
Aero Cosmetics is displaying at its NBAA booth (No. 1086) a unique mop that it claims is the first tool available for waterless aircraft washing and wax. “We have designed the Wash Wax Mop specifically to make the cleaning process safer and more efficient by eliminating the need for ladders,” said Brian Phillips, CEO of San Antonio-based Aero Cosmetics/WashWax.com. “It also improves efficiency by saving time and reduces the required amount of [our] Wash Wax All cleaning product.
Aircraft Belts has been promoting aircraft safety for more than 30 years and returns to NBAA this year to present a new brand and a new product that promises a quantum leap in cabin safety.
Green Hides Leather Studio describes Tango leather from the Verde Valley region of Italy, as “a modern classic” from the finest, hand-selected European hides. The Greensboro, N.C.-based purveyor of fine leather is introducing its new Tango line here (Booth No. 4150) as a full-grain, aniline through-dyed product with hand-applied two-tone tipped grain effect with “a luxuriously soft touch.”
Duncan Aviation of Lincoln, Neb. (Booth No. 5580), a provider of airframe inspections, engine maintenance, cabin and cockpit systems retrofits, painting and interior work, as well as pre-owned aircraft sales and acquisitions, has acquired several examples of a dry-ice blasting machine to accomplish a specific service bulletin for its Bombardier Challenger customers.
Reaction to the collapse of negotiations between Hawker Beechcraft and Superior Aviation Beijing seems to be less that of surprise and more about the inevitability of the dead end the two companies reached.