Canada’s Bombardier identified China Express Airlines as a customer for its CRJ900 regional jet last week during Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Beijing for the Canada China Business Forum. The conditional order for six dual-class-configured CRJ900s plus options on another five, signed late last year, will give Bombardier its first sale of a new commercial airplane in China in “eight or nine years.”
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IAI has established an unmanned air system (UAS) academy to train and provide certification for operators and technicians. The academy provides a variety of services to IAI customers, both within the company’s facilities and at other locations. A range of courses is available, from those aimed at customers who are just embarking on establishing UAS operations, to advanced courses for mission commanders.
Among the debutantes here at the 2012 Singapore Airshow is the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s latest UAV, the Heron 1 from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Singapore’s armed forces have acquired a number of Heron 1s under their “third-generation transformation” program, and they are replacing IAI Searchers with the UAV Command. Deliveries began last year. The UAVs are equipped with IAI’s TAMAM MOSP (multi-mission optronic stabilized payload) and offer a significant improvement in sensor capability, endurance and autonomous operation.
If you’re looking to experience a touch of luxury in Singapore, you could do worse than to visit the Airbus stand on the static display where the European manufacturer is exhibiting one of its ACJ318 corporate jets for the first time here at the air show.
Gulfstream Aerospace is set to expand its preowned aircraft sales division to include aircraft brokerage services. The company will draw on its worldwide customer and sales prospect database to facilitate its new offering, and says it will keep tabs on the global used aircraft market to ensure listings it sources are “competitively priced.”
Irkut has brought a full-scale mockup of its nascent MC-21 short- to medium-range midsize airliner to Singapore, giving visitors their first chance to see up-close the shape of things to come in the design of Russian civil aircraft.
Asia’s burgeoning air-transport industry is at a turning point facing historic levels of opportunity, while also having to resolve infrastructure issues that could hold it back. This is where Honeywell comes in, according to Briand Greer, the avionics and powerplant group’s new president for aerospace in the Asia Pacific region.
Hawker Beechcraft is exhibiting its King Air 350ER special-mission demonstrator in the Singapore Airshow static display, the first time the type has appeared in the Asia Pacific region. The twin-engine turboprop is outfitted with high-density seating, medevac stretchers, a belly-mounted search radome and electro-optic/infrared (EO/IR) sensors.
Jet Aviation’s Hong Kong facility is now authorized by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency to provide full line and base maintenance services for Dassault’s Falcon 2000EX, 7X and 900LX/DX/EASy aircraft types.
“We are actively expanding our support services to Dassault Falcon customers traveling in the region,” said Nigel Parker, managing director for the facility. To this end, the Hong Kong facility also recently took delivery of a large consignment of Falcon aircraft spares.