Raytheon believes that the global market for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) equipment is worth $20 billion over the next five years alone. As the provider of some notable airborne ISR systems to the U.S. armed forces, the company would obviously like to grab a good slice of the export action, too. But there are problems, such as affordability, and U.S. government export restrictions.
Singapore Air Show » February 19, 2008
ST Aerospace’s latest UAV design–the Skyblade IV–highlights a prominent display by ST Engineering and its constituent companies that greets visitors to the show as they enter the exhibit hall here at the Changi Exhibition Centre.
As it prepares for an anticipated program launch of its C Series airliners later this year, Bombardier continues to fine-tune the design to achieve further operating cost reductions. With the price of jet fuel having almost tripled over the past three years, Bombardier’s goal of achieving a 15-percent cash operating cost benefit had become all the more daunting.
China has confirmed plans to establish a new company next month to build its next commercial airliner, the 105-seat ARJ21-900. Shareholders will likely include the China Aviation Industry Corp. I (AVIC I), AVIC II, state-owned investment companies and domestic airlines.
Next July’s Farnborough International air show is approaching capacity, with 94 percent of space sold and only two chalets left to rent. Organizer Farnborough International Ltd. (FIL) said last week that it expects the show to be completely sold out by the end of the Singapore show. Already, Hall 4 has had to be extended, and FIL (Stand No. L81) is planning a complete redesign of the hall to accommodate demand at future shows.
Sikorsky has scheduled the maiden flight of the first Thales TopDeck-equipped Sikorsky S-76D for the second quarter of this year. The company expressed confidence that it will see the full certification of the product in 2009, according to Phil Naybour, vice president and general manager of Helicopter Solutions at Thales.
The Republic of Singapore Air Force has begun a three-year research program with three EADS departments to develop advanced capabilities in the field of maintenance for the RSAF’s fleet of AS332 Super Pumas. The RSAF is working with Eurocopter, EADS Singapore Research and Technology Centre, and Eurocopter Southeast Asia.
Boeing parts and aftermarket services company Aviall (Stand No. N39) has announced it will open a new customer service center in Dubai in the third quarter of this year. The new facility will serve commercial, military and business aviation customers in the Middle East and North Africa, providing support for more than 225 manufacturers of original parts and equipment.
Rockwell Collins (Stand No. P65) announced that a supplemental type certificate for its Pro Line 21 Integrated display system on King Air 200 aircraft with an SPZ 200 autopilot is now available to dealers. Superior Aircraft Maintenance of Medford, Oregon, completed the installation. The Pro Line 21 King Air installation integrates with the aircraft’s existing autopilot and sensors.
Hawker Beechcraft Corp. has selected Hong Kong-based Avion Logistics Ltd. as an authorized parts distributor for Asia. Scheduled to start operating on March 15, Avion Logistics becomes a part of Hawker Beechcraft’s rapid aircraft parts Inventory and distribution (RAPID) network. The new company is a joint venture between Avion Pacific and Seacor.