Flying the Korean Aerospace International (KAI)/Lockheed Martin T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic jet trainer here at Dubai is Lt. Col. Choong Hwan Lee of the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF). Lee is an experienced fighter pilot with more than 2,000 hours in LM’s signature product, the F-16 Fighting Falcon. He has a long line of experience in the Northrop F-5 and KAI’s previous trainer design, the KT-1.
Dubai Air Show
Air France Industries is setting up a component logistics center at Abu Dhabi Airport. An inventory valued at “more than $10 million” will be available in January 2006 for the region’s Boeing 777s and Airbus A330/A340s, the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) subsidiary of the French airline announced here at the Dubai airshow yesterday.
Officials from Stork-Fokker Services are meeting with IranAir’s new chairman and managing director Saeid Hesami here at the show to talk over plans to send another three Fokker 100s from Brazil’s TAM to the Islamic Republic’s national carrier. IranAir has become Fokker Services’ best customer in the region primarily because a U.S. trade embargo limits the shipment to Iran of aircraft with more than 10-percent U.S. content.
The next generation of the Russian MiG-29 fighter will now be marketed and sold under the new designator of MiG-35, as it is a distinctly new-technology, four-plus generation aircraft. This version of the multi-role fighter is a modern-day evolution of the MiG-29M-9.15 design concept aircraft that was first introduced in the early 1990s.
Six months after beginning operations, Kingfisher Airlines has confirmed it has ordered 20 ATR 72-500 twin turboprops valued at $350 million and taken options on a further 15 worth about $200 million. Deliveries from Avions de Transport Regional are scheduled to begin in March 2006, when they will join eight Airbus A320s and three A319s.
The sturdy Liberty XL2 two-seat light aircraft has the appearance of sports or trainer design not unlike many others. However, an alternative lower fuselage panel also displayed at Stand C706 provides a clue to a different role that the aircraft can perform.
Boeing has chosen the new Jet Aviation Dubai facility as an authorized service center for the Boeing Business Jet, the companies announced here yesterday. The deal allows Jet Aviation to provide maintenance, repair and overhaul services as well as warranty work for the growing number of BBJ owners here in the Middle East. Jet Aviation Dubai joins the company’s other BBJ repair centers in Singapore, Geneva and Basel, Switzerland.
Responding to the fast-growing unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market and exhibiting at Dubai for the first time, Canada’s MicroPilot has developed what it claims to be the world’s smallest fully functional autopilot. Weighing just one ounce, the MP2028g has capabilities that include airspeed hold, altitude hold, turn coordination, GPS navigation, as well as autonomous operation from launch to recovery.
Airbus took some of the sting out of its rival Boeing’s blockbuster sales announcement yesterday with a pair of significant orders of its own for A350s and A320s.
Emirates Airline chairman HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum yesterday announced the largest ever order in the history of the Boeing 777 program. The estimated $9.7 billion contract calls for delivery of 42 airplanes in all–24 GE90-powered B777-300ERs, 10 777-200LRs and eight 777 Freighters. It also grants Emirates “purchase rights” for another twenty 777s.