The Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEI) in London this week was supported by more than 1,500 exhibitors, with 30,000 visitors from around the world expected, according to organizer Clarion Events. DSEI’s main focus has traditionally been on land, naval and security equipment. But a number of exhibitors this year featured air systems, and the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) ran a series of seminars in which senior officers outlined the service’s capabilities and future plans.
Air BP has added fueling services for general and business aviation aircraft at two Spanish airports. At Palma de Mallorca’s airport, Air BP’s joint venture with Spanish fuel supplier SCLA will serve the island’s largest FBO, Mallorcair, 24 hours a day with dedicated Air BP staff and expanded refueling equipment. The company’s new installation at Don Quijote Airport near Toledo is GEN500 approved and JIG certified and is staffed by Air BP-trained employees. Both locations will accept the Air BP Jet Sterling Card.
Fuel supplier Air BP is establishing an Operators University at Campo de San Marte Airport in São Paulo. At the new facility, Air BP instructors will train personnel using a range of pneumatic and hydraulic training simulators, cutting tools and a representative aircraft wing to practice both regular refueling operations and safety procedures. Trainees are assessed during and after the course.
Aviation fuel supplier Air BP has signed an agreement with Poland’s Grupa Lotos to form a 50-50 joint-venture company to manage the supply, logistics and marketing of aviation fuel in the country. As part of the deal, Air BP has purchased half of Lotos Tank, Grupa Lotos’s aviation subsidiary. Initially the new company, known as Lotos-Air BP Poland, will operate at Gdansk, Warsaw and Krakow airports.
On behalf of the seven European nations buying the Airbus Military A400M, the French government defense procurement agency (French acronym DGA) announced that the new airlifter had achieved military certification.
GE Aviation named TAG Farnborough Engineering an authorized service center for the CF34-3. The engine is best known for powering the large-cabin Challengers. Under the terms of the agreement TAG Farnborough Engineering can perform engine line maintenance as well as provide OnPoint solution agreement and warranty support and facilitate access to GE parts and technical support. TAG Farnborough Engineering offers a comprehensive range of engineering and maintenance services for Bombardier, Dassault and Hawker Beechcraft aircraft at TAG Farnborough Airport.
There may be no Farnborough Air Show this year, but two other defense shows in the UK this summer are boosting the country’s claim that it’s the best place to do business in Europe. The government-supported Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) event in London scheduled for September 9 through 13 has attracted more than 1,200 exhibitors (including 40 international pavilions), and the organizers expect nearly 30,000 visitors.
Air BP signed an agreement today with Grupa Lotos to form a new 50-50 joint venture–Lotos-Air BP Polska–to manage the supply, logistics and marketing of aviation fuel in Poland to airline and general aviation customers. Alex Junge, Air BP’s performance unit leader for northern and central Europe, said general aviation customers will be able to use their Air BP Sterling card at all the new joint-venture locations. Air BP expects the deal to be sealed in the next six to eight weeks, subject to competition authority approval.
BAE Systems expects that the U.S. and Korean governments will sign a letter of offer and acceptance later this year authorizing the foreign military sale (FMS) of BAE’s F-16 avionics and weapons upgrade to the Republic of Korea Air Force. The company provided an update on the Korean program and a sales pitch for further F-16 upgrades during a Paris Air Show briefing on Tuesday.
Beechcraft has a long history of providing special-mission platforms for military intelligence and security programs, reaching back to the late 1950s. Today this business remains highly important to the company, based largely on the King Air family that has become a popular choice of platforms for special-mission duties. Now the company is broadening its portfolio by offering the smaller and cheaper Baron G58 as an ISR (intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance) platform, and has already delivered the first example to a customer.