The French Army is expected to confirm an option for 34 more Tactical Transport Helicopter (TTH) versions of the NH Industries NH-90 helicopter, when the 2013 French defense spending program is published shortly. The French have already bought 34 TTHs, as well as 27 NATO Frigate Helicopters (NFHs).
BBA Aviation Flight Support named Todd Hattaway v-p Technical Services. Hattaway will direct and manage internal and third-party services for ground-support equipment maintenance and repair services for ASIG, Signature Flight Support’s TechnicAir, Citation Service Center operations and ASIG’s third-party provision of GE Aviation ClearCore engine-wash services. He will report directly to Tony Lefebvre, ASIG president and COO. Before joining the company he was Beechcraft’s regional sales director for the India, Indo-China and Malaysia territories.
Former Charlotte, N.C., mayor Anthony Foxx was sworn in last week as the 17th secretary of transportation. He succeeds former Republican congressman Ray LaHood, who announced in January that he would not remain in President Obama’s Cabinet for a second term.
Foxx, who received unanimous Senate confirmation, spent his first full day meeting DOT employees and holding meetings on issues facing the department, including transportation safety and hurricane and severe weather preparedness.
BBA Aviation Flight Support appointed Todd Hattaway as vice president of technical services for its flight-support division. Hattaway, most recently regional sales director for Beechcraft for India, Indo-China and Malaysia, will direct and manage internal and third-party services for ground support equipment maintenance and repair services for Asig, Signature Flight Support’s TechnicAir, Citation Service Center operations and Asig’s third-party provision of GE Aviation ClearCore engine wash services.
EADS Cassidian chief executive officer Bernhard Gerwert has defended the company’s credibility as an unmanned airborne systems (UAS) provider, in the wake of the Euro Hawk cancellation. The company was a 50-percent partner in the joint venture with Northrop Grumman that was providing the high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) system to the German air force. The German parliament last week opened an investigation into the Euro Hawk affair and is expected to interview senior executives from both companies, as well as military and government officials, before reporting in early September.
Bombardier delivered the first of 20 Q400 turboprops ordered by Calgary-based low-fare carrier WestJet on June 6. Plans called for WestJet’s new regional subsidiary, WestJet Encore, to start flying the airplanes on June 24 on new routes to Fort St. John and Nanaimo, British Columbia. The airline also plans to launch service to Brandon, Manitoba, on September 3, and open several new points in Alberta and Saskatchewan later in the year.
Duncan Aviation has entered into an agreement with Safran Power UK & Safran Power USA, naming the MRO the exclusive worldwide distributor of Safran Power UK and Safran Power USA’s replacement starter generator specifically designed for the Learjet 60. Duncan Aviation will house unit inventories on site at its Lincoln, Neb. facility and is ready to send shipments worldwide. According to Duncan Aviation, the Learjet 60 starter generator is a direct STC replacement that is “more reliable and simple to install with no required aircraft modification.”
Aviation alphabet groups praised today’s U.S. Senate confirmation of Anthony Foxx as the new Secretary of the Department of Transportation. He is the former mayor of Charlotte, N.C.“Now, as he leads the U.S. transportation system, we hope Foxx will adopt policies that encourage the success and growth of general aviation nationwide, allowing the industry to add to its $150 billion annual economic impact and 1.2 million jobs,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. “We look forward to working with him in his new role.”
Rizwan Ramakdawala, senior aerospace engineer with the U.S. Defense Technology Security Administration (left), and Donald Beck, defense controls analyst with the State Department directorate of defense trade controls, participated in an export control and reform panel on Tuesday in the U.S. Pavilion. The panel discussed revised export controls for aircraft and gas-turbine engines that took effect in April.
Duncan Aviation has appointed Shawn Schmitz to the position of turbine engine tech rep for Honeywell and Rolls-Royce engines. Schmitz joined Duncan Aviation in 2001 after serving six years in the U.S. Marine Corps, stationed in Yuma, Ariz., with two deployments to Japan. He most recently served as the team leader for the Duncan Aviation engine line shop.