Reactions have been mixed in the wake of yesterday’s announcement that Superior Aviation of Beijing, China, has agreed to acquire financially troubled Hawker Beechcraft, minus Hawker Beechcraft Defense Co. (HBDC) for $1.79 billion. “I have no idea why Hawker Beechcraft would be worth $1.8 billion without its defense side,” Teal Group vice president of aerospace analysis Richard Aboulafia told AIN. “Given the money needed to reorganize, that’s a very high price.”
AINalerts » July 10, 2012
Abu Dhabi Autonomous System Investments (ADASI) signed a contract with Piaggio Aero today at the Farnborough Airshow for the Piaggio Aero MPA (multi-role patrol aircraft), a new special-missions surveillance aircraft based on the P.180 Avanti II. The agreement calls for aircraft launch customer ADASI to provide financing for Piaggio to build two prototypes. First flight is scheduled for 2014.
The 200th Falcon 7X has rolled off the production line at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac production facility in southern France and is slated to enter the cabin completions process this week, the French aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday at the Farnborough Airshow. While most 7Xs are outfitted at the company’s Little Rock, Ark. facility, this one will be completed in Bordeaux.
Russian Helicopters is developing a “comprehensive avionics system” for situational awareness, autopilot landing and collision avoidance, the company announced. It will be installed on all new Russian-made helicopters starting in 2015.
With the system, crewmembers will be provided with images of the surrounding terrain, “including during maneuvers at low altitude in difficult weather.” In addition to improving situational awareness, the system will enable the aircraft to automatically hover above a given point and land.
Gulfstream Aerospace named 32-year aviation industry veteran Joseph Rivera as its director of international operations. In his new position, he will be based in Savannah and will oversee Gulfstream’s three international service centers in Beijing; Luton, England; and Sorocaba, Brazil. Luton and Sorocaba are currently in operation, while Gulfstream Beijing is expected to begin operations soon. “Joseph’s breadth of experience and leadership skills will greatly benefit our customer service organization,” said Gulfstream product support president Mark Burns.
Sweden’s CTT Systems will provide Cair zonal drying equipment for two VIP Boeing 747-8s. The first is for a head-of-state Boeing 747-8 being completed by L-3 Platform Integration in Waco, Texas. The second is under a contract with Amac Aerospace of Switzerland. Both installations will be performed next year. The Cair system offers 20-percent humidified cabin air without creating condensation.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Acting FAA Administrator Michael Huerta joined federal and local officials to break ground yesterday for a new, NextGen-equipped air traffic control tower at San Francisco International Airport. The new tower, which is being erected south of the existing facility, will be 221 feet high with a 650-sq-ft controller work area. The project will include a three-story, 44,000-sq-ft base building. It is expected to open in 2015.
Embraer Executive Jets unveiled its expanded design suite at its Melbourne, Fla.-based customer center on Thursday, offering a “best in class” experience for customers designing interiors of their Phenom, Legacy and Lineage business jets. The company’s customer center is designed to facilitate customer sales, design and delivery, all in a single building. The design centers were developed by The Highland Group and designed by Julie Mandrell, owner of Viaggio Lux, which specializes in luxury design of aircraft and yachts.
Bombardier Flexjet has confirmed the first firm orders for three of the airframer’s new Learjet 70s. In May, the fractional provider announced plans to become the launch customer for the new light jet and the Learjet 75, both of which are derivatives of the 40-series Learjets.