Paris Air Show - 2013

Paris Air Show
From left to right: Eric Dautriat, executive director, Clean Sky Joint Undertaking; Ray Kingcombe, head of technology, Aerospace Marine & Defence Unit, UK; Ron van Manen, Clean Sky technology evaluation officer and project officer, Clean Sky 2; Massimo Lucchesini, Chairman, Clean Sky, and General Manager COO, Alenia Aermacchi; and Manuela Soares, Director Transport, Research and Innovation, European Commission.

At an open conference held yesterday at the Paris Air Show, Clean Sky officials discussed Clean Sky 2–the next step in the program. Primary objectives are to complete Europe’s 2000 Clean Sky joint technology initiative and move forward with the next phase.

Ryanair signing

Boeing and Ryanair reached terms on the U.S. manufacturer’s largest ever firm aircraft order from a European airline yesterday. The deal, worth $15.6 billion at current list prices, calls for delivery over five years of 175 new Boeing 737-800s starting in September 2014. The order stands to raise Ryanair’s fleet count to more than 400 by the summer of 2018 from about 300 today.

Elbit Systems

Plenty of new and unique equipment is on display in and outside the Elbit Systems pavilion (Chalet A198), according to the Israeli company’s new president and CEO Butzi Machlis. This includes the SPS-65-V5 self-protection system for the Hermes 900 and other UAVs; a wide-area full motion video sensor for the same drone; unattended ground sensors; and a ‘mini’ version for helicopters of Music, the Elbit DIRCM system that protects airliners from ground-launched missiles. Meanwhile, the company’s U.S.

Sukhoi Su-35S

Sergei Bogdan, who is flying the Sukhoi Su-35S demonstration flights in the flying display here this week, has more than 4,900 flight hours on several dozen aircraft types, including 460 hours in the cockpits of Su-35 fighters.

Europe should stop trying to build a “me-too” version of the Reaper Male unmanned aircraft system (UAS) and concentrate instead on a stealthy unmanned combat air system (UCAS), because the U.S. will not export that technology. That was the advice offered at the Paris Air Show yesterday by Frank Pace, president of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems (Hall 3 Stand A82).

Sometimes a dream starts with a model, and in the case of potential Chinese aircraft manufacturers, it's more than one.

The Paris Air Show is, well, a show. The “performers” include not just the aerial display aircraft and pilots, but also the exhibitors with their products and services on display for all the world to see, literally.

Antonov An-70

2013 saw a strong showing of defense aircraft. The thrilling Russian demonstrations returned after a 12-year absence, though U.S. aircraft were shut out of the party due to sequestration budget cuts. All in all, the military muscle on display every afternoon was impressive – and loud.

Airbus A380

Air Transport has always been among the most important players at the Paris Air Show. At this, the 50th anniversary of the LeBourget salon, the heavyweights from Airbus and Boeing were out in force. And as usual, the war of words between the Big Two was part of the festivities. But at least both have been busier signing orders than trading barbs, which is good news for everyone.

The main flight line was well drenched during the downpour.

The first day of this years Paris Air Show got off to a thunderous start, as a line of violent storms blew through Le Bourget Airport just as the show got underway. The dark clouds gave way to a deluge that sent some showgoers running, while the well prepared simply popped open umbrellas and carried on. Later that day, the sun came out to smile on the opening of the 50th running of the iconic event.

Kamov Ka-52

The daily flying displays represent the pulse of the Paris Air Show. Heart-stopping aerobatics and elegant demonstration flights are designed to draw all eyes skyward. This year, the Russians are showing three aircraft in the display, other aircraft made their Paris debuts and regular performers thrilled the crowds again.

Russia's Antonov An-70 turboprop

Setting up shop for the Paris Air Show begins days ahead of the opening day. Teams from around the world converge on Le Bourget Airport carrying tons of freight, furniture and champagne to celebrate the miracle of flight, and to conduct the international commerce of aviation.

Gov. Rick Scott

Florida is the second-largest state for aviation and aerospace companies in the U.S., and at the 2013 Paris Air Show it is occupying the biggest space at the U.S. Pavilion in Hall 3. We caught up with Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who’s leading the state’s delegation at the show, to find out more about the importance of these industries to Florida and what it plans to do this week at the Paris show.

More Stories from Paris 2013

June 24, 2013, 1:20 PM

Investment from its new owner, Chongqing (China) Helicopter Investment Corporation (CQHIC), is giving Enstrom Helicopter of Menominee, Michigan (Hall 3 Stand A93) a strong tailwind, which is showing results on several fronts.

June 24, 2013, 3:10 AM

Making its Paris Air Show debut is the Russian Helicopters/Kamov Ka-62, a 6,500-kg mtow, 15-passenger helicopter in the same class as the AgustaWestland AW139, Eurocopter EC155 and Sikorsky S-76 series. The mockup made it first appearance on the international show circuit at last year’s Farnborough Air Show.

June 20, 2013, 7:00 PM

CFM International, the General Electric/Snecma joint venture, expects to begin a second phase of ground testing for its 3-D woven resin transfer molding fan with its Moteur à Aubes de Soufflante en Composite Taille (Mascot) 2 fan-demonstrator engine. The fan is “foundational technology” for the CFM Leap engine that is scheduled to enter service in 2016.

June 20, 2013, 1:35 PM

International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) has been busy announcing a procession of airframe and engine deals here in Paris. On Tuesday, the company announced it had signed for CFM International Leap-1A engines to power a further 20 Airbus A320neo jetliners. That brought the total backlog to 60 shipsets. With the aircraft scheduled to begin deliveries in 2016, the new order is valued at $510 million.

June 20, 2013, 1:30 PM

AgustaWestland announced several AW139 orders and an AW189 milestone at Paris 2013. The Finmeccanica company (Chalets A232, A260) signed a contract for the sale of its first AW139 medium twin-engine helicopter in Senegal. The contract includes in-country support services and training for both aircrew and maintainers. The helicopter will be operated by Senegal’s air force.

June 20, 2013, 1:20 PM

Helipartner Thailand and Eurocopter’s South East Asia affiliate signed an agreement on Tuesday at the Paris Air Show for 10 AS350B3e light-single helicopters for delivery from 2013 to 2015. “After our first AS350B3e delivery in May and its successful leasing in Indonesia, we are delighted to expand our fleet with this new order and pursue our leasing market development with the helicopter type,” said Tisanu Ratanarat, CEO of Helipartner Thailand.

June 20, 2013, 1:15 PM

Bell Helicopter (Static W24, T23 & 27) president and CEO John Garrison announced improved specifications for the in-development Bell 525 Relentless medium-lift helicopter at the Paris Air Show. Cruise speed at max continuous power and max gross weight has been increased from 140 knots previously specified to 155-plus knots, range from more than 400 to 500-plus nautical miles, useful load from 4,000 pounds to more than 7,400 pounds and maximum gross weight from 18,000 pounds to 19,300 pounds.

June 20, 2013, 1:05 PM

Irkut and the Yakovlev Design Bureau announced at the Paris Air Show this week that they expect Bangladesh to sign up for the Yak-130 trainer/light attack platform before the end of the year. If this happens, the nation will join a growing number of nations that have ordered the type, including Belarus last December.

June 20, 2013, 12:45 PM

Rockwell Collins has signed a series of contracts to supply the Bristow Group, SunExpress Airlines and Iberia Airlines with various avionics equipment. This includes TCAS for Bristow’s 44 Sikorsky helicopters and a package to allow the airline customers to comply with Eurocontrol’s Controller Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) requirement.

June 20, 2013, 12:30 PM

GKN Aerospace (Chalet B73, Hall 2b F169) has completed coordination of a nine-nation European project, which has succeeded in developing a new optical ice-monitoring concept. The new system promises fully automated inflight ice protection for the first time.

June 20, 2013, 12:15 PM

Fast-growing Bahrain International Airport (BIA) is expanding its present terminal by 50 percent to accommodate 13.5 million passengers. The $1 billion expansion project will provide an additional terminal area of 90,000 sq m and 10,000 sq m of retail space. Construction of the new BIA terminal is scheduled to start at the end 2014 with Phase 1 to be completed by the second quarter of 2016.

June 20, 2013, 12:01 PM

European turboprop manufacturer ATR and German maintenance specialist Rheinland Air Service (RAS) on June 10 signed a service and collaboration agreement appointing RAS as a new member of ATR’s network of partner maintenance centers. Rheinland’s facility in Monchengladbach specializes in the heavy maintenance of ATR airframes.

ATR operators in Europe now number about 60. RAS concentrates on versions of the ATR 42 and the ATR 72, while also offering services on the Boeing 737, Airbus A319 and Bombardier and Fokker models.

June 20, 2013, 12:00 PM

German missile house Diehl Defence (Hall 2c B355) is proposing the GILA (guided intelligent light armament) weapon to the German ministry of defense as a potential weapon to arm the Eurocopter Tiger. The weapon is an adaptation of Elbit’s GATR (guided advanced tactical rocket), which fits a laser guidance package to a 68mm or 70mm rocket. GATR has recently been awarded a demonstration contract by U.S. Special Operations Command.

June 20, 2013, 11:50 AM

At an open conference held yesterday at the Paris Air Show, Clean Sky officials discussed Clean Sky 2–the next step in the program. Primary objectives are to complete Europe’s 2000 Clean Sky joint technology initiative and move forward with the next phase.

June 20, 2013, 11:40 AM

PPG (Hall 2b, C121) has donated its latest-technology Desothane HD coating for the restoration of the original Falcon jet, the Mystère 20. IT Mercure, a nonprofit French restoration team, restored the prototype of the Falcon line (serial number 1) and the aircraft is on display here at Le Bourget in front of the Advanced Air Support hangar, just outside the show static display area.

 
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