The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has launched an initiative called Aircraft Cabin Environment Technologies (ACET) to develop, apply and evaluate technologies for healthy and comfortable aircraft cabin environments in pressurized fixed-wing aircraft. Key areas for technology development include acoustics, lighting, ventilation, indoor air quality and health. “NRC does research for companies that contract with them.
A 30-percent staffing increase is slated for Bombardier Aerospace’s wholly owned service center at Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam. The company cites “…greater flexibility for scheduling light to heavy maintenance tasks” as the reason.
Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) is holding preliminary discussions about expanding manufacturing operations into China, according to a company spokeswoman, who confirmed reports of HBC’s growing interest in the China market. Company CEO Bill Boisture has visited China a few times in recent months, she said, but HBC hasn’t yet publicly identified Chinese companies with which it might partner.
Officials at Toulouse Francazal Airport (LFBF) in Toulouse, France expect to see more business aircraft at the field at the end of this month with the opening of a full business aviation terminal. Located in what used to be a command post, it will feature a hall, VIP lounge, bar, restaurant and crew rest facilities. Refueling is expected to be available as well. A former military base, the airport opened to civil traffic in January.
Looking forward to a continued recovery, Bombardier Aerospace released its annual Aircraft Market Forecasts on May 18, predicting 24,000 business aircraft deliveries from 2011 to 2030 and market-wide revenues of $626 billion.
Asked at the 1986 Farnborough airshow what market share Canadair wanted for the Challenger corporate jet, Donald Lowe said simply, “We want our third.” Lowe was chief executive designate at the government-owned aircraft company that Canadian mass-transit manufacturer Bombardier had agreed to acquire just three weeks earlier.
Bombardier Aerospace is expanding the Bombardier Safety Standdown to Asia, with the first such event to be held in the region in Shanghai, China, on June 9. The standdown provides pilots, aircrew and flight departments with insight into the factors that precipitate errors in judgment and highlights ways to mitigate them.
Despite an “especially strong” fiscal fourth quarter,Bombardier Aerospace delivered 143 business jets during its fiscal year that ended January 31, versus 176 a year ago. Shipments are “essentially in line with the previously announced guidance to deliver approximately 15 percent fewer business aircraft,” according to the Canadian aircraft manufacturer.
Bombardier Aerospace will be offering the Safety Standdown program in Asia. The company is taking reservations for a June 9 event at Le Royal Meridien in Shanghai, China.
Bombardier Aerospace has upgraded maintenance capabilities at Aerovitro of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and Aviacion Atlantico Sur (AASSA) of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Aerovitro has been appointed an authorized service facility (ASF) for the Challenger 300 and 604/605 while Aviacion Atlantico Sur is now an AOG line maintenance facility (LMF) for the Challenger 604/605.