After regaining profitability for the first time since 2000, the world’s airlines are heading for another downturn, predicts U.S.-based analyst Forecast International in its latest long-term outlook for the industry.
Farnborough Air Show » July 15, 2008
The Teamcenter product lifecycle management suite being demonstrated here by Plano, Texas-headquartered Siemens PLM Software (Hall 3, Stand C6) has played a crucial role in the Sukhoi SSJ-100 Superjet’s progress from concept to its recent first flight, said Tim Nichols, the company’s managing director of aerospace global marketing.
Fairs & Exhibitions Aerospace, which runs the Dubai Airshow and other events in the Middle East, has named Heather Rezek as general manager. She is tasked with building the company’s portfolio of shows, which–in addition to the Dubai Airshow–includes Middle East Business Aviation, Aircraft Interiors Middle East Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Middle East, and Aerospace & Defence Training Show.
The Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) announced last week that it appointed Bruno Esposito as its new director of civil air transport. Esposito’s 30 years in aviation include pilot and air traffic control experience, followed by senior industry positions with Finmeccanica and BAE Consulting Services. He begins his new role at SBAC in September.
Seeing the North Carolina state flag hoisted in an exhibit at a major international air show isn’t all that surprising considering that the area is home to more than 160 aerospace companies and has attracted hundreds of million of dollars worth of major contracts in the last two years.
The U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration is organizing an aerospace supplier development mission to China from October 26 to November 4. The goals of the trip are to introduce U.S. aviation components and materials companies to the aviation industry in China, including policy makers, U.S. aviation-related companies active in China, Chinese companies engaged in building their domestic aviation capabilities, and MROs.
Selex Sistemi Integrati of Italy has introduced its first small radar, weighing only 55 pounds and aimed at “homeland protection” applications. Lyra 10, a prototype of which Selex is displaying at the show (Hall 4 Stand A5), can detect “people, vehicles, boats and low-altitude helicopters up to a range of 24 km (15 miles),” said the Finmeccanica company.
Innovative Solutions & Support has announced upgrades to its avionics for the Pilatus PC-12, including enhanced features for current and future owners and a significant new sales channel. Key enhancements include a single-side cockpit option, wide area augmentation system (WAAS) and reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM) certification.
Sagem Défense Sécurité is displaying a dynamic demonstration of its integrated cockpit display system (ICDS) on the Safran Group stand (Hall 4 B12). Designed to replace electro-mechanic instruments and piloting and navigation functions, the ICDS is composed of a primary flight display, engine monitoring system, navigation display and multi-function display, or a combination of all four.
The quiet revolution that sped through the airliner supply industry over the past decade has become mainstream doctrine: no longer can subsystems suppliers rely on the lead OEM to assume the design and integration responsibility for their products, at least according to the companies that occupy the upper tiers of the supply chain.