Alenia Aermacchi’s M-346 Master advanced trainer is here in Singapore to compete against the KAI T-50 Golden Eagle for the republic’s air force jet trainer requirement. The M-346 has been developed by the Italian company from the Russian Yak-130 design to offer state-of-the-art training capabilities, enabling student pilots to graduate near-seamlessly to the latest frontline equipment.
Singapore Air Show » February 3, 2010
Over the past 30 years, Singapore has become a leader in aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) work and components supplier in the Asia-Pacific region. At the heart of this achievement is the ST Engineering group, whose umbrella covers ST Aerospace and its subsidiary MRO specialists STA Engineering and SASCO.
A preview of what future AgustaWestland helicopters’ cockpits will look like was seen in the AW149 mockup exhibited at the Paris airshow last June.
The new approach promises to reduce costs, both in the development phase and in the life cycles of aircraft. The higher degree of cockpit commonality among AgustaWestland models promises to save money on pilot training and enhance fleet flexibility.
BAE Systems is offering technology and systems integration expertise to ship owners whose vessels are threatened by pirates in locations such as off the Somali coast. Despite BAE’s aerospace heritage, the company is downplaying the role of aerial surveillance and control. The solution lies in better and longer range sensors aboard the ships to detect approaching threats, it says.
Helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky (Stand L39) is outsourcing more of its civil production to India and China, while scaling down its partnership with Japan-based Mitsubishi Heavy In-dustries (MHI). The company also announced that China’s AVIC subsidiary Changhe Aircraft has delivered the first S-76C++ airframe built in China, and that India’s Tata Advanced Systems will be building S-92 cabins.
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) will step up plans this year to expand its operations with the delivery of three new helicopters. At December’s LIMA airshow in Langkawi, First Admiral Zammani Mohd Amin, the agency’s director of Air Wing operations, told AIN that it will continue to grow.
Low-cost carriers (LCCs) in the Asia-Pacific region have made “huge inroads in a relatively short time,” according to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA). This market penetration has occurred despite somewhat restrictive regulations in some places and government tendencies to favor full-service flag carriers.
Maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service providers are here at the Singapore Airshow chasing more market share in a still-promising Asia-Pacific region.
The U.S. Air Force is wresting with the manpower, training and cultural issues that surround the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In his presentation to the Dubai International Air Chiefs Conference (DIAC) last November,* USAF commander General Norton Schwartz outlined the new terminology and career fields that the service is introducing in response.
Helicopters can perform a wide array of useful tasks that cannot be done at all or as well in a fixed-wing aircraft, so it probably stands to reason that an unmanned rotorcraft would soon prove its worth alongside fixed-wing unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 is fast finding acceptance for a variety of applications, such as pipeline surveillance for an undisclosed customer in Malaysia.