After a several-month delay in the issuance of its certificate of occupancy–a result of insufficient phone lines for the facility’s fire alarm–the newest heliport in the U.S. opened in the Dallas suburb of Desoto at the end of August. The $5 million, 19-acre facility is jointly owned by the Texas Department of Transportation, the city of DeSoto and the DeSoto Economic Development Corp.
Thales has developed a 13-pound, unpowered, glide weapon that is especially suitable for application to UAVs and light attack aircraft.
Known as FFLMM (free-fall light multi-role missile), the weapon draws on many of the components developed for the powered LMM weapon that Thales is producing for the Royal Navy’s FASGW(L) requirement, but is much shorter (just 28 inches in length), as it lacks a rocket motor, and has fixed instead of folding wings.
Business aviation continues to grow in Russia, when measured by the number of aircraft and flights. However, it is no longer growing at the rates observed few years ago, according to Eugeny Bakhtin, vice president of Russia’s United Business Aviation Association (RUBAA).
Thales has many things to show visitors to its enclosure and pavilion outside Hall 2 at the Paris Air Show. But potential customers can also benefit from two new demonstration facilities that the company has built around Paris. At Gennevilliers, a Customer Innovation Centre (CIC) opened last February to show technology and systems from across the company. The previous month, an Operations Centre was opened by the Thales Air Defense business at Rungis. Both are housed in new buildings, with Gennevilliers having replaced the company‘s old site at Colombiers.
Demand for air travel continues to surge worldwide as emerging markets led another strong month of traffic growth in February. International Air Transport Association (IATA) data released last week shows that passenger demand rose 3.7 percent during the month compared with February 2012. According to IATA, since last October passenger demand has grown at an annualized rate of 9 percent, almost double the growth trend over the first nine months of 2012.
Blackhawk, a U.S.-based provider of performance improvements for single- and twin-engine turboprop aircraft, is adding staff to meet growing demand in Brazil and other Latin American nations.