Embraer is preparing to mark the centennial next year of the first flight of Alberto Santos-Dumont’s 14 Bis biplane with a display at its Le Bourget static exhibition of the first of three 14 Bis replicas built in Brazil. The first replica is next to Embraer’s Legacy business jet and will remain throughout the Paris Air Show.
News and issues concerning aerospace companies, including formations, acquisitions, mergers and financials; and announcements of significant aircraft sales, delivery statistics and personnel appointments.
Goodrich Aircraft Wheels and Brakes has presented Virgin Atlantic a Boeing 747-400 Operational Excellence award in recognition of the 60-percent improvement in carbon brake life the carrier has realized since implementing the supplier’s recommendations.
The Doncasters Group, headquartered in Melbourne, UK, recently signed its largest single contract in its 226-year history to produce turbo-machinery for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner auxiliary power unit (AP5000). The alliance with Hamilton Sundstrand Power Systems of San Diego, California, has potential revenues of $300 million for Doncasters, which employs some 4,300 people at more than 20 sites in Europe, the U.S. and Mexico.
Aerospace systems and services supplier Goodrich Corp. is celebrating a series of delivery firsts that highlight the group’s diversity in both products and application areas:
The six-ton, London-double-decker-bus-size Inmarsat-4 communications satellite that Inmarsat launched in late March has taken over satcom transmission routing responsibility from the previous Inmarsat-3 satellite covering the Indian Ocean Region, according to company officials.
Honeywell Aerospace Trading (HAT) now includes pre-owned Honeywell engines, auxiliary power units, starter and environmental control systems, as well as avionics, the Morris Township, New Jersey-based company announced here at Paris. Wheels and brakes will be added in the future.
A new office has been launched by the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) to help represent and support the 140 companies and 30,000 employees in the aerospace and defense industries in Scotland. Until SBAC Scotland was formed, the country was the only part of the UK that did not have a representative body covering these industries.
Phase two manufacturing of sheet metal airframe fabrications and composite materials for the civil market has started at the Smiths Aerospace structures facility at Suzhou in China’s Jiangsu province, about 80 miles west of Shanghai. The first phase of the facility, opened last year, manufactures precision-machined aircraft engine components.
Smiths Aerospace is supplying its new generation cockpit voice and data recorder (VADR) systems for the MH-47 Chinook and MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters operated by the U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Regiment and the U.S. Coast Guard’s HH-60 Jayhawk and HH-65 Dolphin. Manufactured at Smiths’ facilities in Michigan, the VADR is claimed to be the most capable and reliable solid-state recorder on the market today.
Stores management systems for maritime patrol aircraft are proving a good earner for Smiths Aerospace. The company’s selection to provide the equipment for the 80 P-X replacements for Japan’s P-3 fleet is valued at more than $40 million: production is due to start in 2008 at Smiths’ Michigan and Florida facilities.