Northrop Grumman’s AN/ZPY-1 STARLite unmanned aerial vehicle radar begins tests with the U.S. Army next month aboard the General Atomics MQ-1C Sky Warrior ERMP. In October, the company is to deliver the first qualified production units.
Paris Air Show » June 17, 2009
Manufacturing workers at Bell Helicopter near Fort Worth, Texas, went on strike Monday for the first time in more than two decades in part to protect the jobs of 44 janitors whose work the company wants to outsource. On the Web site for United Auto Workers Local 218, the union said its members would remain on strike until at least June 21.
Enhance Aero, a two-year-old maintenance, engineering and consulting firm, is here promoting its Part-M support capabilities, as the September 28 compliance date for this continued airworthiness rule is fast approaching. “Some operators, such
as private aircraft owners, are not ready for the new EASA requirement,” the company said.
The bottom of the air transport crash is in sight, according to Honeywell Aerospace. John Bolton, president of the group’s Air Transport & Regional division, told AIN that the dip in airline flight hours seems to be slowing.
Singapore’s Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies (Stand B75) is officially unveiling its new Aeropak fuel cell system here this week. It is designed to increase the flight endurance of small and stealthy electric unmanned aerial systems (UAS) by as much as 300 percent, the new product will bring an immediate performance improvement over today’s best battery systems, according to Horizon.
With no fewer than four airborne-sensing versions of the DA42 on static display here, Diamond Aircraft of Austria is staking a major claim to the growing market for low-cost surveillance platforms. Since entering the market two years ago, the privately held company has already sold 12 DA42 MPPs (multipurpose platforms) based on the popular DA42 touring aircraft.
Ruag Aerospace, the Swiss company that now holds the type and production certificates for the Dornier 228 NG, recently held its third operators’ conference for the regional and utility turboprop. In February India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.
Lockheed Martin has developed an Airborne Multi-INT Laboratory (AML), based on a Gulfstream III business jet. The AML provides a platform for trials, experimentation and evaluation of intelligence-gathering and -dissemination systems, and of operational techniques. The U.S. defense group has also established ground vehicle-based and fixed-site Multi-INT laboratories.
Alenia Aeronautica is one of three companies within the Italian Finmeccanica group that deal with fixed-wing aircraft production. The others are Alenia Aermacchi, which is also active in both commercial and military aircraft, and Superjet International, the joint venture with Russia’s Sukhoi in the regional jet business. The company is eagerly awaiting the imminent maiden flight of the Boeing 787, which will open a new phase in the program.
Two weeks ago Lockheed Martin flew its Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft (ACCA) testbed from Palmdale, California. Test pilots Rob Rowe and Joe Biviano took the ACCA through a series of airspeed, stability and control tests to bring Phase II of the program to a successful conclusion.