Bacau, Romania-based Aerostar is nearing the end of a program to bring eight Mozambique Air Force MiG-21 fighters back to life after some 20 years in storage. The company is best known today for its commercial MRO and aerostructures business. But the latest MiG work follows Aerostar’s previous contract to upgrade 110 Romanian air force MiG-21s to the Lancer standard, with new avionics designed by Elbit Systems.
Rockwell Collins received EASA certification of its Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 avionics retrofit for the Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX. The Pro Line 21 retrofit features four 10- by 8-inch LCD panels and Waas/Egnos capability, as well as support for electronic charts and graphical weather. The upgrade is also available for the Falcon 50EX. The first installation is scheduled for this summer at a Ruag maintenance facility in Germany. An upgrade for Fans-1/A will be available next year for these Falcons.
MRO specialist Jets is to further expand into Dassault Falcon maintenance at its London Biggin Hill airport base. The facility, which 328 Group acquired at the end of 2012, is an authorized service center for Falcon 2000s and Falcon 900s. “In the next 12 months we hope to further expand our remit with Dassault,” said managing director Alan Barnes. Separately, at the same site, Jets (Booth 5546) has recently appointed more engineers dedicated to the Bombardier Challenger 300.
Primarily known for its Wipline seaplane floats, Wipaire of South St. Paul, Minn., highlighted its custom interiors for the Caravan, Grand Caravan and Twin Otter. With Wipaire’s Chinese distributor, Alfred Lau of Aviation Supplies, on hand at the booth, visitors viewed photos of recent custom work, including a Grand Caravan EX interior with carpet, cabinets and executive seating, and a partial executive configuration for a new Twin Otter.
FlightSafety International completed the first line and base maintenance course for the Rolls-Royce BR725 offered at its Learning Center in Savannah, Ga.
Dassault’s series of regional Falcon maintenance & operations (M&O) seminars will take in nine cities on three continents this year. The events offer Falcon operators an opportunity to talk directly with Dassault specialists, engineering teams, pilots and supplier representatives about any topic relating to their aircraft.
For Sikorsky, 2013 was a mixed bag, according to company president Mick Maurer, who gave his company’s year-end summary presentation yesterday at Heli-Expo. While the company reached a record backlog of more than $15 billion, it also recorded an 8-percent drop in sales, to $6.3 billion, the decrease driven largely by a drop-off in U.S. government orders on both the OEM side and the aftermarket segment last year.
Dassault Aviation delivered nine Falcons in the Middle East last year, pushing the regional Falcon fleet to 69 jets. “We are on a trend to increase our fleet by 10 percent. That is what we managed to do last year,” said Renauld Cloatre, Dassault’s Dubai-based Falcon sales director, speaking today at the Air Expo show in Abu Dhabi. “This year, we are into very strong negotiations on many different projects. It’s very good. We are very happy.”
Dassault Falcon recently delivered its first Falcon 2000S in Brazil following certification by ANAC, Brazil’s aviation regulatory authority, late last year. “The Falcon 2000S is a terrific option for customers in Brazil and elsewhere in South America,” said Dassault Falcon president and CEO John Rosanvallon.
Duncan Aviation finished its second Falcon 900B cockpit with Universal Avionics displays in December, installing Universal’s EFI-890R system in the cockpit and Honeywell’s Venue cabin management and entertainment system in the cabin. Duncan also installed a newly designed interior and exterior paint. The flight deck upgrade replaced 25 old instruments with five 8.9-inch Universal EFI-890R displays, which also show engine indications via Universal’s engine interface units.