Larry Flynn, president of Gulfstream Aerospace, said at a press briefing here yesterday that the Middle East remains a growing market for its business jets and that political turmoil of the Arab Spring has “not had as much impact as we expected.”
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Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is continuing to expand the capabilities of the Boeing AH-64D Apache Block III attack helicopter with sensor upgrades, a new weapon option and greater networking capabilities.
With production of the V-22 Osprey under its present, multi-year contract nearing conclusion, the Bell-Boeing industry team and its main customer, the U.S. Marine Corps, have brought the tiltrotor to Dubai for the first time ever.
Quest Helicopters, a new entrant in the rotorcraft industry, launched a new light-twin helicopter here at the show on Sunday. The AVQ is designed mainly in Ukraine but is to be manufactured in the United Arab Emirates.
The aircraft is an innovative design, featuring two counter-rotating dual rotors in tandem configuration and an ejection capsule for the occupants. First flight is planned for early 2013.
According to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) it has flown more than 5,500 strike sorties over the country’s troubled tribal regions since May 2008. In a rare glimpse into Pakistan’s attempt to counter domestic terrorism from the air, the commander of the PAF described some lessons learned to the Air Chiefs Conference here in Dubai on Saturday.
Jet Aviation’s Dubai FBO will begin offering dispatch services by the second quarter of 2012. Trained personnel will provide on-site dispatch services 24/7, including arranging overflight and landing permits, fuel purchasing, support for the European emission trading system (EU ETS) support and continuous flight monitoring.
Lockheed Martin’s Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system successfully undertook a sophisticated “two versus two” trial-firing last month, and the air defense system has just completed a final review regarding the possible sale to the United Arab Emirates, which could be announced imminently.
PPG Aerospace is introducing new materials for improved aircraft windshields and windows.
Nextant Aerospace has appointed business aircraft sales group Action Aviation as the exclusive sales agent for the Nextant 400XT light business jet in the Middle East, India and Europe. Action Aviation, which is displaying the new aircraft at the Dubai Air Show, has offices in Dubai, the UK and Bangalore, India.
Raytheon and Emirates Advanced Instruments (EAI) have completed environmental and flight tests of the Talon laser-guided rocket, opening the way for production.