The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) recovered the cockpit voice/flight data recorder today from the Eurocopter Super Puma that ditched last Friday, killing four.
The tiltrotor test rig (TTR) development team at NASA Ames Research Center was honored today with a 2013 NASA Group Achievement Award. Team members include personnel from NASA Ames, Bell Helicopter and Triumph Aerospace Systems. The TTR is a joint project among NASA, the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force to develop a new large-scale system that can test prop-rotors up to 26 feet in diameter at speeds up to 300 knots, allowing for advanced research on tiltrotors and other rotorcraft concepts.
Canada’s WestJet has signed a letter of intent to buy 40 Boeing 737 Max 8s and 25 Max 7s, the Calgary-based low-fare carrier announced Thursday. The airline said it expects close a definitive purchase agreement with Boeing before September 30 and start taking deliveries in September 2017. Boeing values the order at $6.3 billion based on list prices.
Three separate contracts executed by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) over the past two days at the Moscow Air Show (MAKS) have added as many as 31 aircraft to the manufacturer’s Superjet 100 backlog and expanded its coverage among leasing companies.
Airbus aerostructures supplier Aerolia has received the 500th shipset of nose landing gear bays for the A320 series from Russia’s Irkut. The landmark was celebrated on Tuesday at the MAKS airshow in Moscow. Irkut has been supplying structures and systems to Airbus since 2004 with work packages including keel beams, flap tracks and landing gear bays.
British aircraft services company BBA Aviation is in talks with StandardAero over a $4.2 billion deal, according to a Reuters report. The news agency said it “would hand Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), owner of Arizona-based engine repair and maintenance business StandardAero, a large stake in the combined business.”
Jet Aviation Basel has signed a contract to design and complete the cabin of an A340-600 long-range widebody for an undisclosed customer. Work on the green Airbus will begin in next year’s first quarter.
Duncan Aviation recently delivered its 56th pair of Aviation Partners winglets installed on Dassault Falcon 900s and 2000s. Morrie Harris’s 15-person airframe team at Duncan Aviation’s Battle Creek, Mich. facility performed 36 of the mods. Team Harris has more than five years of experience installing winglets, and Duncan Aviation has several other teams in Battle Creek as well as its Lincoln, Neb. facility with experience completing the modification.
Bombardier and Russian state-controlled Rostekhnologii (Rostec) have signed a memorandum of understanding to “validate” the prospect of establishing a final assembly line for the Canadian manufacturer’s Q400 turboprop in Russia, the companies confirmed on Wednesday during the Moscow Air Show (MAKS).
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) opened an additional hangar at its home base at Berlin-Schoenefeld and added 12 jobs, including 10 mechanics, bringing the number of staff currently employed at LBAS to 183. The additional capacity means the MRO can handle one aircraft in the Bombardier Global series and four aircraft up to the size of a Challenger 850. The hangar has been expanded to include a battery shop and a wheel reconditioning workshop, along with offices and recreation rooms.