The arrival on Sunday of the BAE Systems Hawk New Demonstrator Aircraft (HNDA) marks the debut of the Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) anywhere in Asia and the start of a six-week tour of the region. After a number of the Singapore air force’s leading pilots have flown in the Hawk, the HNDA team will take the opportunity to fly pilots from the Royal Brunei Air Force.
Singapore Air Show » 2006
During 2005 Gulfstream Aerospace sold 16 business jets in the Asia/Pacific region including the first large-cabin, long-range G450 and the second large-cabin, mid-range G200 to operate in the People’s Republic of China.
Singapore Technologies Engineering is increasing its overseas presence in efforts to become “more global and to increase our competitiveness as a group,” said international marketing vice-president Patrick Choy.
An Airbus A380 structural failure during wing static tests in France last week do not mean Asian Aerospace 2006 visitors are in any danger when the new very-large airliner flies here today. Airbus is confident that large modifications will not be needed, although officials concede that “some slight improvements” might be required.
With the new Airbus A380 expected to begin operations in little more than ten months’ time, service-support companies are beginning to position themselves to offer maintenance and spares provision for the giant airliner.
Airbus expects to launch its long-delayed freighter version of the A330 by mid-year. An “Authority To Offer” for the A330-200F is expected next month, officials told Aviation International News last week.
Airbus has chosen Honeywell’s HGT1500 auxiliary power unit (APU) to provide electric and pneumatic power for the new A350 variant of the A330 twin-aisle airliner, while Boeing has selected the company’s nitrogen-generation system (NGS) for the single-aisle 737.
Three years had passed since Boeing sold any passenger-carrying 747s when the company surprised the pundits last November by launching the 747-8 on the strength of a pair of orders from two cargo carriers.
Late last year, CAE and Israel Aircraft Industries started working together to develop a new prototype for embedded and virtual training. The main applications for any resulting technology will be training military personnel to operate fighters and unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as command, control, communications, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems.
CAE is expanding its flight training center at Zhuhai in southern China by building a satellite complex to accommodate six more full flight simulators (FFSs). The addition will increase the total number of simulators to 16 in a facility that is run as a joint venture with China Southern Airlines.
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