India’s Mahindra Aerospace inaugurated a 270,000-sq-ft aerostructures manufacturing plant last week at the Narsapura Industrial Estate near Bangalore. The plant opening accompanied an announcement by Mahindra that it signed a technology partnership agreement with Spanish Tier 1 supplier Aernnova Group, the first for Aernnova with an Indian aerostructures manufacturer.
AeroVironment and Eurocopter are exploring opportunities for cooperation. The potential transatlantic team would combine AeroVironment’s unmanned aircraft technology and systems integration skills and knowledge with Eurocopter’s helicopter technology expertise, a Eurocopter spokesman told AIN.
MBDA reported a series of successful firings earlier this month of the Brimstone 2 air-surface missile being developed for the UK Royal Air Force (RAF). The new version of the 100-pound-class, low-collateral-damage weapon adds a laser to the original millimeter-wave (MMW) radar guidance system. The missile will be carried by RAF Tornados and, later, Typhoons and F-35s. MBDA is promoting the Brimstone for other platforms, including UAVs such as the Predator/Reaper series.
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (GA-ASI) said that an improved version of the Gray Eagle UAV flew for 45.3 hours on a demonstration flight earlier this month. The Gray Eagle was developed for the U.S. Army from the Predator UAS. The Improved Gray Eagle is a higher-power, higher-mtow version that GA-ASI developed using company funds, although the U.S. Army paid for the demo flight, the first of two planned by the end of the year.
Airbus Military has launched operations at a services logistics hub at its Seville production facility. The 27,000-sq-ft hub is staffed by 100 people who manage approximately 22,500 different part numbers. It provides spares for the company’s A330MRTT, A400M, C295 and CN-235 series of airlifters and tankers, and their ground equipment. It is certified to EASA Part 145 standards.
Starting in 1998 with just three employees in a West Palm Beach, Fla., shop, Aerospace Technologies Group (Booth No. N1726) has grown into a major producer of window shade systems for commercial and corporate aviation. One of the key moments in the company’s growth came when it became the first supplier of OEM factory-installed electro-mechanical window shade systems for the Boeing 777 and Airbus A330/340 and A380.
Universal Avionics will be honoring two hardworking companies with its 2013 International Top Dealer and 2013 North American Top Dealer awards today at 3 p.m. at its NBAA booth (No. N6108).
The Top International Dealer award is going to Scandinavian Avionics for the second year in a row. The company’s work with Universal Avionics’s EFI-890R flight deck retrofits and Precision-Area Navigation (P-RNAV) upgrades were key to earning the award.
Duncan Aviation (Booth No. C8543) recently released an update to its “Straight Talk About FANS” e-book, providing operators with information on the Future Air Navigation System component of the FAA’s NextGen ATC modernization effort.
Ikhana Aircraft Services (Booth No. C7613) announced here at NBAA 2013 that it has received FAA STC and PMA approvals to remanufacture timed-out engine nacelles on Twin Otter turboprops made between 1965 and 1988.
The remanufactured nacelles have a new 45,000-hour/90,000-cycle-life limit for all DHC-6-100, 200, and 300 series aircraft. Twin Otters have a structural fatigue limit of 66,000 hours or 132,000 cycles.
ACEA (Beijing) Aviation Investment, the Piaggio Avanti distributor in Mainland China, signed a contract yesterday at NBAA 2013 with SR Jet, a division of Beijing-based Sparkle Roll Investment Holdings, for the purchase of two extended-range Avanti IIs with options for eight more. The aircraft will incorporate an additional tank with a 400-pound capacity, increasing the maximum fuel on board to 3,226 pounds from 2,826 and extending the maximum range by 250 nm, to 1,720 nm with IFR reserves.