Air navigation service providers (ANSPs) from 10 Eastern and Central European countries signed a cooperation agreement earlier this month to create a regional entity with a stronger voice in Europe’s air traffic management decision-making process. The association covers airspace managed by three smaller groupings of adjoining countries known as functional airspace blocks (FABs), in this case the Baltic, Danube and Central Europe FABs.
Carrying the flag for the Russian civil aircraft industry on static display last week at the Dubai Airshow, the Sukhoi Superjet 100 made an impression on both sides of the globe as Mexico’s Interjet prepared to press into service its third copy of the 100-seat regional jet.
An eruption of anger from pilots, air traffic controllers and aviation associations greeted the revelation by FAA Federal Air Surgeon Fred Tilton that pilots with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher will automatically be required to be evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Last week Airbus delivered the first A320 family aircraft with the runway overrun prevention system (ROPS), an A319, to American Airlines. American is to equip all of its A320 family fleet with Airbus’s ROPS. The delivery coincided with FAA certification for A320 family ROPS technology. In August, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified ROPS on the A320ceo (current engine option) family.
Christopher Emerson, senior vice president of Airbus and head of product strategy and market forecast, is responsible for overseeing Airbus’s Global Market Forecast, which is published annually. At a pre-Dubai Airshow briefing, Emerson offered the following comments about Airbus aircraft:
A350: The aircraft is improving and is efficient today. We have logged almost 600 hours. The program is on track. There are no issues there. The 350-1000 is moving and this is what we had expected.
Christopher Emerson, senior vice president of Airbus and head of product strategy and market forecast said that the number of aviation mega-cities will more than double in the next 20 years. This will require as much configurability in aircraft as possible, particularly between major city pairs, and he said that Airbus’s widebody family–the A380, the A350XWB and the A330–are the ideal match for long-haul trunk routes, long-haul developing routes and regional routes, respectively. “For us, our family completely matches the market,” Emerson said. “There is no gap.”
Skyone Maintenance Services has entered into an alliance with Lockheed Martin’s Kelly Aviation Center, a provider of engine maintenance, repair and overhaul services.
“Lockheed Martin’s Kelly Aviation Center’s expertise will help us provide our customers with a single center of MRO services for airframes and engines,” said Salim Sayani, Skyone CEO
The company is currently building a 225,000-sq-ft MRO facility in Fujairah, UAE.
Spirit AeroSystems and Lufthansa Technik have entered into a multi-year cooperation agreement for the joint provision of repair, overhaul and supply services for the CFM56-7B and GE90-94/-115 thrust reversers and cowlings operated by Lufthansa Technik’s customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Under the terms of the agreement, Lufthansa Technik and Spirit AeroSystems will use each other’s repair facilities and capabilities in that region as well as other support elements of the other’s respective repair and overhaul services.
Aviall Services recently marked five years of operations in Dubai with the opening of a new warehouse in the Dubai Airport Free Zone. The new facility offers more storage space and will provide 24/7/365 global AOG delivery service. The new Aviall warehouse is co-located in Boeing’s 55,000-sq-ft warehouse and supports various Boeing aircraft, as well as the One Boeing enterprise initiative. Aviall also provides support for Airbus, Bell, Bombardier, Embraer, Gulfstream and Piper, among others.