EBACE 2010 News Clips

 - May 4, 2010, 11:19 AM

CAE Announces $50 Million in Simulator Sales
Montreal-based CAE (Booth No. 1063) has announced the sale of three full-flight simulators, including a Challenger 605 to Bombardier and a Falcon 900EX/2000EX to Emirates-CAE Flight Training. The Falcon simulator will be ready for training in the first quarter of next year. The third simulator is an Airbus A330/A340 convertible for Saudi Arabian Airlines. Total value of the sale is approximately C$50 million.

Pilatus Signs with SimCom for PC-12 NG Sims
SimCom Training Centers has signed an agreement with Pilatus Aircraft (Booth No. 7031) to manufacture a type-specific PC-12 NG flight training device, to be used by owners and operators throughout Europe. The training device will be located at the Pilatus factory in Stans, Switzerland, and will be available for training in the first quarter of next year.

In addition to the device, SimCom will also provide the initial and recurrent pilot training, as well as advanced training courseware, including animated systems presentations, fold-out panel posters, technical systems manuals and cockpit procedures trainers.

The device includes the Honeywell Primus Apex integrated avionics system and SimCom’s 180-degree wraparound visual motion cuing system that incorporates day/night and all-weather imagery. The imagery will include new features, such as dynamic thunderstorm with rain shafts, ragged ceilings, blowing snow, patchy fog and scud.

Gulfstream Expands Its Overseas Support Network
Market growth in Europe, the Middle East and Asia has prompted Gulfstream to expand its overseas service center and product support networks. In the UK, the facility at London-Luton Airport serviced more than 1,000 aircraft last year, many of which originated in the Middle East. The center has approvals from the aviation authorities in Bermuda, Bahrain, the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, the Isle of Man, Kuwait, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the UK.

The manufacturer has also increased its parts and materials inventory, which totals $1.2 billion at 15 facilities around the world. In particular, the company has increased the inventory at its Madrid and Hong Kong facilities in response to an increase in international sales. Gulfstream has also added a Beijing-based maintenance team and two authorized warranty line-service facilities to its network: Aerovics in Toluca, Mexico, and Jet Aviation Brazil in Sorocaba.

HBC Success for Metrojet, EADS Seca and Schenker
Hawker Beechcraft has announced the signing of three service-related contracts here at EBACE. First, the company’s Global Customer Support division has appointed EADS SECA as its preferred engine-maintenance provider for the Europe, the Middle East and Africa region. Secondly, it has appointed Schenker Logistics to provide parts-distribution services to London, Dubai and Singapore. Finally, it has added Metrojet of Hong Kong to its authorized service network to support the Hawker 900/800/700 series of aircraft.

With the Schenker arrangement the U.S. airframer has identified and assigned inventories of the most widely ordered and preferred spare parts, valued at more than $40 million, to be maintained at facilities in the three locations. According to Hawker Beechcraft, the agreement is part of a multi-phase strategy aimed at improving the experience of its aircraft owners by making factory parts more accessible internationally. Schenker Logistics is part of DB Schenker.

Metrojet was founded in 1995 and operates a 24/7 maintenance and AOG hotline to support corporate aircraft throughout Asia with a team of more than 90 maintenance personnel. Its maintenance department is a certified repair station with approvals from the Hong King Civil Aviation Department and the U.S. FAA. It is also authorized to maintain aircraft registered in various other countries, such as China, Macau, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.