Rockwell Collins sees big opportunities in India for military avionics and communications systems, according to Ram Prasad, the U.S. electronics group’s managing director for India.
Embraer has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mumbai-based Indamer to provide maintenance support for the midsize Legacy 500. The Legacy 500, which is expected to enter service in 2014, is currently in the flight-test stage following the maiden flight of the first prototype late last year.
JDA Aviation Solutions (JDA) and Group & Wang Associates (G&W) of Washington, D.C., and Beijing have allied to help aviation companies improve safety and quality management and comply with the U.S. and PRC civil aviation regulations and certification requirements.
M1 Composites Technology recently opened an advanced composites repair facility “to meet increasing corporate, commercial and military demand,” Lorenzo Marandola, president and founder, told AIN. The 24,000-sq-ft facility features a certified clean room, large curing oven, paint finishing operation and a full complement of repair equipment.
The MRO also recently received its Transport Canada approval for composite and metallic repairs.
Magellan Aviation Group, an integrated aftermarket aviation support services provider, has chosen Quantum Control software to manage its leasing, asset management and repair operations for its worldwide customer base of airlines, OEMs and MRO companies.
Embraer has selected the Honeywell Primus Epic 2 integrated avionics system for the second-generation E-Jet, slated to enter service in 2018. The decision is another important milestone in the program, which is expected to be launched later this year. The Primus Epic 2 integrated avionics system includes four 13- by 10-inch large landscape displays with advanced graphics capabilities.
Richard WolfsKeil has joined Hongkong Jet as director of technical services. Chris Buchholz, CEO of Hongkong Jet, said adding WolfsKeil to lead the Hongkong Jet AOG Go-Team is a key step in bolstering on-site AOG maintenance services. WolfsKeil has more than 30 years of experience in aircraft engineering and is a pioneer in developing AOG services in Asia. The company also announced Bermuda Part 145 and continuing airworthiness management organization authorizations.
Desert Jet of La Quinta, Calif., named James Silverman as director of maintenance. Silverman, who has more than 25 years’ experience in aircraft maintenance and management, will lead in the development of Desert Jet Maintenance, a Part 145 repair station focusing on the Citation. Desert Jet is an aviation management company with expertise in acquiring, operating, maintaining private jets and generating revenue from their use. The company also offers on-demand charters with a fleet of jets based in Palm Springs, Orange County and San Diego.
Mahindra Aerospace, currently India’s only manufacturer of light aircraft for private/utility use, is preparing to open its new 270,000-sq-ft facility near Bangalore. This will be used for manufacturing metal components, aircraft assemblies and aerostructures, according to executive director and global CEO Arvind Mehra.
India’s defense minister AK Antony has confirmed that military spending will be cut in the budget for the next fiscal year (April 2013 through March 2014). “The [Indian] government is passing through a difficult phase; the recession is affecting us,” said Antony in response to a question from AIN during a packed press conference at Aero India today.