Aerospace Industry

News and issues concerning aerospace companies, including formations, acquisitions, mergers and financials; and announcements of significant aircraft sales, delivery statistics and personnel appointments.

November 17, 2013 - 1:45am

Italy’s Piaggio Aero Industries (Stand 1906) announced before the Dubai Airshow that India’s Tata group is now its largest shareholder, with 44.5 percent of the company’s new equity.

November 16, 2013 - 2:05pm
New Dubai Airshow venue

This year’s Dubai Airshow marks the start of a new era in the event’s growth as one of the key dates in the aviation calendar. Having been under development for several years, the move to a new site here at Dubai World Central/Al Maktoum International Airport has been accomplished seamlessly. The move not only provides the show with a purpose-built facility with expanded road access, but also frees the former location at the busy Dubai International Airport from the burden of having to shut down airline operations during the daily flying display.

November 16, 2013 - 7:30am
Russia aims to expand its product line and to boost global sales of its military helicopters, such as the Mi-26 (top) and the Mi-17.

Military cooperation between Russia and Middle East will certainly be boosted with the recent appointment of Alexander Mikheyev, formerly deputy general manager at arms vendor Rosoboronexport, as the general manager at the Russian Helicopters holding company (Chalet C9). The decision was made on September 24, and is understood to be a move aimed at boosting sales of Russian military helicopters in the global market.

November 15, 2013 - 4:00pm
Rolls-Royce is continuing to revamp the Trent 900 with a second enhanced-performance upgrade (EP2) that is expected to improve fuel consumption by another 0.8 percent. It is now running and destined to be the standard for production units as of early next year.

Rolls-Royce’s strategy of feeding technological developments from new programs back to established engines for upgrades or retrofit changes is creating a range of enhanced-performance (EP) packages being available to customers.

November 15, 2013 - 1:00pm
Airbus predicts the Middle East will be the second largest regional market in terms of 20-year demand for very large aircraft, accounting for 26 percent. As of last month the Gulf carrier Emirates had received almost 40 Airbus A380s.

The Middle East is sitting at the end of the air transport rainbow, if Airbus forecasts are to be believed: its share of global traffic will expand faster than that of any other geographical area, increasing by one half in the next 20 years.

November 15, 2013 - 3:00am
Testing of the Leap-1 powerplant will involve 60 engine builds over the next three years. Engine certification is slated for 2015 ahead of commercial service entry on the Airbus A320neo in 2016, according to CFM International.

With initial running of the new Leap-1 engine on schedule in September, CFM International (CFMI) has embarked on an “unprecedented” level of testing that should involve 20 developmental units by the end of next year and seven of the remaining eight planned examples before 2016 (when a final powerplant will take part in a short exercise–possibly a Leap-1C blade-out check).

November 15, 2013 - 12:45am
Student interns from the UAE visit Seattle during delivery of a Boeing 777 to Emirates Airline, as part of Boeing’s capstone college-level programs.

Business success anywhere in the world can often depend on a company’s willingness to serve local interests as much as on its ability to offer a good-quality product at a fair price. In the Middle East, perhaps more than elsewhere, a company’s product offerings best come with a readiness to help build a foundation for industrial and societal development. Boeing learned that lesson the hard way, as its past tendency to simply “parachute in” for sales resulted in some lackluster results over the years, particularly in the commercial realm.

November 3, 2013 - 5:10am
Static at a Dubai Airshow

Dubai Airshow organizer F&E Aerospace is pressing the reset button on the biennial event, staging the Middle East’s premier aerospace and defense gathering at a new purpose-built site at Dubai World Central. The show is to be permanently based in the new Aviation City zone at DWC, which is a vast new economic development hub built around the new Al Maktoum International Airport near the Jebel Ali seaport.

November 2, 2013 - 1:12am

Among the operational topics for the technical committee at the triennial ICAO Assembly were significant safety issues. One paper from the Russian delegation provided a description of extensive studies of wake vortices, and the development of a wake vortex safety system that would use outputs from ADS-B, Swim and two Aviation System Block Upgrades 1 elements, with pilot alerts transmitted over the anticipated datalinks in that period–that is, by 2018.

November 2, 2013 - 1:10am

When representatives from every world nation and every civil aviation organization gather at the triennial ICAO Assembly, topics on the agenda include current progress and issues as well as future challenges and potential solutions.

 
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