Eurofighter’s first export sale–to Austria–has not been a happy experience, although the company has met all its schedule and performance commitments to date. The first of 18 aircraft is already flying, the second will fly soon, there are four more in final assembly and parts for the other 12 are already in production. The first Austrian pilots have been trained on the aircraft in Germany.
Derco Aerospace has won a contract from Singapore Technologies Aerospace to install new auxiliary power units and improved environmental control systems on four
Northrop Grumman’s laser directional infrared countermeasure (DIRCM) system has successfully thwarted simulated heat-seeking missile attacks on an AH-64D Apache helicopter. The series of 31 tests took place at Vliehors Test Range in Netherlands on a Dutch aircraft.The system is self-contained in a pod and thus removable. It automatically detects a missile launch.
The U.S. Marine Corps has chosen Northrop Grumman’s directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system for its CH-53E helicopters in a $19.7 million deal. It will be the first application of the company’s two-color infrared missile warning sensor system coupled with its mini-pointer/tracker assembly, forming a DIRCM suite to protect the CH-53Es from threat missiles.
As the final E-2C Hawkeye 2000 proceeds down the Northrop Grumman production line at St. Augustine, Florida, the company is preparing to fly the first example of its replacement–the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye. The first of two system development and demonstration (SDD) aircraft was rolled out at the plant on April 30 and is being checked out on the ground prior to a first flight in late summer.
France is buying the Lockheed Martin Hellfire II missile system to give its 40 Tiger HAD (Hélicoptère d’Appui Destruction) helicopters a versatile precision attack capability. The purchase is being handled under U.S. Foreign Military Sales and will be complete by 2012. Eurocopter has already begun integration of the Hellfire II on to the Tiger HAD version, working under contract to the European Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation.
The advent of the active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar has not only dramatically improved the traditional capabilities of the radar, but has also opened the door to a new world of capabilities.
Dale Meiler, lead maintenance inspector for Banyan Air Service at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, is the recipient of the ATP/NATA General Aviation Service Technician’s Award. The annual honor is given in recognition of the outstanding performance of a licensed airframe and powerplant mechanic or radio repairman who has practiced his or her craft for 20 or more years.
The FAA is proposing a technical standard order (TSO) for night vision goggles. If adopted, TSO C-164 would set the minimum performance levels for such devices. Night vision goggles are growing in popularity among some operators as a means of enhancing the view outside aircraft in night VMC, improving situational awareness. The FAA notes that this equipment is portable, battery operated and is independent of aircraft systems.
“We’re one of the best-kept secrets in the Southampton area,” said New York Jet corporate services manager Lindsay Durand. Founded as Mid Island Air Service in 1946 by World War II veteran Louis Mancuso, New York Jet began servicing corporate aircraft in 1987 at Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) in Islip, N.Y. “Commitment to excellence is the backbone of New York Jet’s success,” said Durand.